Our Training Methodology

Methodology for training

How: All of our workshops and training events are designed to be enjoyable, stimulating andShields participative, combining the best of traditional and leading edge thinking. They typically contain practical activities (we believe that people learn better by doing), and some may be outdoors.

 Where: We can and do work anywhere, having run programmes all over the U.K. and abroad, including Finland, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland and Tanzania. Venues are also very flexible, ranging from quality hotels, through company training facilities to self catered bunk barns for some team events. In Tanzania the training was based in a converted container and we have used canal boats, which were surprisingly comfortable and very memorable!

 Development Programmes

We have designed and delivered modular management development programmes for a number of clients*. The design of these programmes is based on a process of continuous learning that allows participants to apply the learning, reflect on outcomes, and obtain feedback and reinforcement throughout. This process incorporates training workshops, self study, coaching and mentoring.

The programmes last anything from 3 months to a year, with participants meeting everyProblem Solving six to eight weeks for a one or two day workshop. This provides structure and flexibility, allowing people to develop at their own pace with peer and line manager support. Each workshop is an incremental step in the development process, and they are linked accordingly. On each workshop, delegates write an individual action plan on how they intend to implement the learning from the module, and at the next workshop report back to their colleagues on progress, successes and problems encountered. This encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own development, to support others in their efforts and to learn from each other. These programmes may contain an outdoor element to help learning and bonding within the group.

 Actual modules will vary according to organisational and individual needs, but a typical programme might include the following modules:

 Leadership, Team-working, Communication, Feedback and Motivation, Self Management, Problem Solving, Dealing with People, Meeting Skills and Change. And many more….

 *Clients who have benefited from this approach include McCain Foods, Cumbria Contract Services and SGS International.

 Action Learning

Some programmes have also been extended to include a work based action learning project completed by the delegates either during or after the programme. This further improves cross functional working, helps participants to relate the programme learning to and make a real impact on organisational objectives. To ensure success, such projects need to be carefully planned, integrated with the programme and championed by senior management. Some of these projects have made savings well in excess of the cost of the training. An alternative is to work on a project outside work, as outlined below.

 Learning from Projects

Learning by doing, or experiential learning is at the heart of all our programmes, and another vehicle for this can involve trainees in real life projects to work with a charity.

 Training Methods and Theories

Our development programmes are designed for and with our clients to incorporate the best practices of many tried and tested techniques as well as the best new ideas and theories, including:

Behaviour Analysis; Business Simulations; Experiential Learning; Accelerated Learning; Management Development Outdoors; Neuro-Linguistics; One-to-One Mentoring; Psychometric Profiling; Systems Thinking, Transactional Analysis etc..