Research Councils UK (RCUK)
What we provided
In 2010 we were awarded a 3 year contract to provide the 7 public research councils in the UK with a wide range of soft skill training including all their communications skills training.
We designed and deliver half and full day workshops at basic, intermediate and advanced level to their 12000 employees on the following topics:
- Minute taking
- Report writing
- Chairing meetings
- Proof reading
- Communication skills
- Giving feedback
All courses are subject to a blend of pre and post course work and innovation is brought to the programme through multi-media delivery, use of subject matter experts from an academic background and a rich mix of exercises, projects, role-play and action learning. We were also occasionally able to arrange more specialised courses for RCUK such as speed reading
What was the Outcome
Added value is brought to the project by way of our flexibility to meet the needs of a very diverse and academic audience from a research background who require tailored material to meet their unique requirements.
Blended learning for NHS
We have worked closely with NHS Connecting for Health. They wanted to shift from the model of delivering longer workshops containing a mixture of skills and knowledge element, to a bite sized approach focusing on skill development. Course duration ranged from 1 day to 3 days
Influencing Skills for the Office of Fair Trade
It is commonly understood within OFT that improved influencing skills will help to raise the importance of issues, gain action and contribute to the achievement of objectives.
Analysts are a key group within OFT, working in such roles as economists, accountants and statisticians. Their ability to influence effectively is central to galvanising support and generating action. A number of analysts wished to develop their skills in explaining complex analysis to non-specialists, in influencing and persuasion.
Project Management for Derbyshire County Council
Adult Social Services within Derbyshire County Council had invested in the development of a new IT based Project Management Toolkit and required support to implement it across Adult Social Services.
Our intervention also had to address the problem of projects being left to run on without a definite conclusion.