Commissioning Academy

The Commissioning Academy brings together senior commissioners from across the public sector to learn from the example of the most successful commissioning organisations, developing a cadre of professionals that are progressive in their outlook on how the public sector delivers outcomes to local communities. 


How can I apply?

To find out more and to apply to the Commissioning Academy please visit: The Commissioning Academy – on the Gov.uk website. The Commissioning Academy is open for applications from senior level commissioners. It is not a traditional training course but focuses on practical peer-led learning covering key commissioning issues, such as outcome-based commissioning, working with the voluntary and community sector, market engagement and development, joint commissioning across organisational boundaries and new models of delivery such as mutual and joint venture companies.

What is the Commissioning Academy for Elected Members?

The LGA, working in partnership with the Cabinet Office Commissioning Academy programme, is pleased to offer this fully subsidised two-day training course for elected members. Aimed at leaders, portfolio holders and chairs of scrutiny, these sessions will help councillors explore ways to improve the commissioning activity of their councils through political leadership. For more information see

Local and policy-themed Academies

We are working with alumni of the central Commissioning Academy across the country to set up regional and policy themed Academies, targeted to the needs of local partners.

These ‘Local Academies' take the form and content of the central Academy but focus the debate and case studies to their locality (or the needs of a specific audience), helping organisations to work together on real issues.

Do you like the idea but think it sounds like too much work? Our ‘Academy in a Box' takes the hassle out of developing your own commissioning development programme. Taking all the learning and materials from the central Academy, our team has developed a virtual ‘Box' containing all the agendas, materials and pointers you need to set up your own programme.

In addition, we provide support to engage your stakeholders and source speakers. This leaves you to focus on agreeing the priority issues you want to cover, and who to invite onto the programme.

Contact us

If you are interested in developing your own commissioning Academy, please contact:
Samantha Butler
Head of Commissioning Academies
samantha.butler@cabinetoffice.gov.uk