Online or face to face learning
We design and deliver our training programmes to ensure they are practical and engaging for all. Learning takes place in face-to-face classroom sessions or in our online virtual classroom. In both approaches we employ a wide range of delivery techniques to meet the learning needs of each participant, ensuring they are inspired by impactful learning which is applied directly to the real-work challenges and opportunities that they face.
Online learning with virtual classrooms
Online learning provides participants with flexible learning that enables them to work with colleagues and peers in different ways. Our trainers will use Zoom in a secure way, providing tools, ideas, insights and examples. Participants will work in groups in break out rooms on activities, exercises and hold coaching conversations to share experiences and learn together. There is also plenty of personal reflection, enabling everyone to apply tools and ask questions as you go.
The benefits of online learning are:
- The only equipment your participants will need is a device where you can view documents, connect to the web, and use a camera and mic. Technical support is provided throughout so you don’t need to worry about the gear and can concentrate on the learning.
- Your colleagues will be able to learn from anywhere giving greater flexibility and reducing travel or commuting time and costs
- Our online learning days are shorter, in order to avoid screen fatigue. This means that learning can fit into busy schedules, allowing learning to be scheduled at a time that works for your team and their other commitments
- Participants will be able to try out ideas, tools and activities to see how they work for them, and ask questions in a confidential setting
- Participants will interact with others, sharing their ideas and getting feedback using break out rooms
Online learning is particularly suited to:
- Bite size and shorter workshops, either as standalone training events or as a series of linked modules
- Personal skills development courses for small or large groups
- Dispersed teams and groups who are located in different regions, areas or even time zones
Face-to-face learning – classroom learning at your office or external venue
Working with colleagues and peers in a classroom is an engaging and enjoyable experience. Our trainers will take a blended approach: providing contemporary strategic thinking combined with practical exploration of management issues, including group and pair work to share your learning and experience with others.
The benefits of face to face learning are:
- Being in a dedicated learning space removes participants from day-to-day work distractions, enabling them to focus and enrich their knowledge, skills and abilities
- They will hear from others around them to shape your thinking, and share experiences in a confidential and safe space
- Participants will apply your learning straight away, and be able to experiment with new approaches – in a risk-free comfortable environment
- They will be challenged to think and work differently, and feel supported in doing so
- Your participants will build relationships with their colleagues, developing a network of ongoing support and breaking down silos, as they collaborate and solve problems together
Face to face learning is particularly suited to:
- Team development programmes, and supporting groups of staff to come together in your organisation
- Bespoke and tailored learning programmes to directly address organisational needs
- Modular development programmes, enabling participants to continue to come together and share learning at multiple events
Our trainers will put in place social-distancing measures to ensure participants are safe and comfortable in when together in a classroom. To enable this, we require a risk-assessment for each training venue, and can provide this for you. To prepare for face-to-face learning, we will consider work with you to create a safe and comfortable learning environment:
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Social distancing means we need to consider the following factors when getting ready for face-to-face learning:
- Venue size and shape – this helps us determine how many participants can join the programme
- Break out rooms and areas – this helps us determine ways in which we can facilitate group work and activities
- Furniture and facilities – this helps us determine room layout, hygiene measures and break times
- Learning approaches – this helps us engage participants through group work and activities, adapted to enable social distancing
Every venue is different and we will work with you and your facilities team to make sure all necessary precautions are taken.
We will need access to any risk assessments your venue has undertaken so we can make sure we are able to adapt programmes appropriately. We will also conduct a risk assessment with you to identify any other steps needed to keep participants safe. This will look at the following areas:
- Handwashing and cleaning arrangements
- Seating arrangements
- Sharing learning and working with others
- Dealing with symptoms
- Learning materials
- Access to facilities
- Venue specific arrangements
We will work with you before the programme to make sure the venue is suitable, and participants know what to expect.
We will send all materials a week in advance so they can be kept securely and sealed until the training day.
We will arrive very early on the day itself to make sure the venue is set up correctly.
We will explain measures to participants when they arrive and check they are comfortable.
We will adapt group work and activities so that participants are safe throughout the programme.
We will report afterwards and provide recommendations.
Participants need to feel safe and comfortable. At the same time, we need to make sure that social distancing does not detract or distract from the learning experience. Therefore, we will provide you with materials to send to participants in advance so that they are prepared. We will be open to their concerns and support them on the day. Face-to-face learning works best when participants can share their experiences and discuss their learning in a confidential setting. To enable this, we will use technology to support sensitive conversations.
If our trainers are unwell before, during, or after the programme we will make you aware so that participants can be contacted. If participants are unwell before the programme they will be asked to not attend. If participants are unwell during or after the programme we ask that you make us aware.
If social-distancing means the venue won’t work for the learning outcomes you are trying to achieve, then we will switch the programme to an online format. We will work with you to identify the best way to deliver your programme online. Alternatively, you may decide to postpone the course until a future date.