Duration and delivery
Because of our approach, the extent and nature of the real need often determines the duration of the programme. An additional consideration is the priority a specific training need has for an organisation. Furthermore, the level of depth that the client requires can also influence the duration, as could the level of expertise and experience of delegates attending.
The duration of programmes will therefore be tailored to the exact needs of the client. In broad terms, we recommend the following options:
- Presentation - 1-3 hours
This is simply a presentation of the key ideas related to the subject of the course. While there is opportunity for questions, the time does not allow for detailed discussion and unpacking of ideas.
- Introductory workshop - ½ day (4-5 hours)
The structure for this method is that a brief introduction to the subject is given. This is then followed by group discussion, guided closely by the facilitator, to identify specific solutions to the need at hand. It offers great opportunities to learn from colleagues and to reflect on one's own practice. It offers delegates the opportunity to clarify key and fundamental principles.
- Training/Learning session - 1 day
This method allows for key input from the facilitator, “workshopping” as well as some opportunity for considering a level of practical application of the learning. The information shared is at a greater level of detail and the level of understanding is more firmly embedded.
- Training/Learning session - 1 day, plus follow-up (½ day)
The value of an additional follow-up is that it encourages delegates to find actual applications of their learning and feedback their learnings and challenges encountered at a trouble-shooting session with an expert facilitator. In addition, delegates gain further insight into the challenges they face through additional input from the facilitator as well as through learning from their peers.
- Training/Learning session - 2-3 days, plus on-course application (1 day)
This extended period of learning offers delegates the opportunity to practice their skills in the presence of the facilitator. One benefit is that they receive direct and immediate feedback on their ability to apply their learning. An example is Chairing a Meeting, Communicating Team Goals, Presentation Skills or any other demonstrable skills programme.
- Pre-reading and further reading duration flexible
The value of pre-reading is that delegates arrive with some understanding of what the programme will entail and with a degree of theoretical understanding to underpin the programme. This can accelerate the time spent on theoretical input during the programme and allows for more time on trouble-shooting and practical application.
- Pre-programme needs analysis duration flexible
This means that the individual spends some time prior to the programme analysing the real nature and extent of their individual expectations from the learning programme. We will provide a structure for this individual analysis, which will guide the delegates through this process. One key advantage of this process is that the delegate arrives with a very clear understanding of his/her own needs. This, once again, accelerates the learning process significantly as the delegate “zooms in” on specific solutions for workplace challenges.
In principle, the options stipulated above can apply to all programmes.
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