Government Statistician Group (GSG) – Foundation course

Open to
New members of the Government Statistician Group (GSG)
Training category
Government Statistician Group
Type of training
Analysis Function Capability Team
Analysis Function Central Team

Please note this course is currently under review.

The course

The Government Statistician Group (GSG) Foundation course is intended for Fast Stream Assistant Statisticians, Statistical Officers, Data Scientists and anyone else recruited to the GSG, who have been in post from 6 to 18 months. It follows on from the GSG Induction course. We are currently reviewing the way this course is taught.

Whilst the training course is under review, the training and guidance on this page can be used in the interim. It explores the most important principles used in all aspects of the production and dissemination of official statistics. Topics are introduced through e-learning and guidance material.

The statistics production process

You can find out more about the statistics production process in the Guidance on the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM). We use this as a broad framework for thinking about the different activities statisticians in government undertake in their day-to-day work and how they fit together.

Statistical quality

Assessing and meeting user needs

Data ethics

Estimating from data

Statistical models, modelling and machine learning

Time series and seasonable adjustment

Index numbers and index measures

Writing about statistics and quality

Learning outcomes

This learning is designed to:

  • further develop your professional network of other members of the statistics profession
  • give you the opportunity to learn more about the important topics that will help you consolidate your position in your profession and support your career progress