It is hard for smaller businesses to afford most learning and development activities in terms of either time or money. Because of this training is often not seen as a priority.

At the Inspiration Group, we are very aware that small businesses need an alternative to the traditional training course but still delivering the same quality of learning

Have you caught yourself saying or thinking one of the following?

  • Public courses are beyond the reach of our budget
  • There is nothing running in our area that is suitable, we would have to travel into the city
  • The expense of travel and subsistence increases the costs of any event beyond the reach of our budget
  • The team is too small to lose someone for more than a few hours at a time
  • There aren’t enough people in the team who need the same learning to justify an in-house course or if there is it is just too costly
  • Some of the people in my team are nervous about learning in a classroom environment
  • Some of the people in my team are nervous about travelling into the city
  • It’s my business and I haven’t got much time because I have so much to do

We have designed a variety of learning and development activities delivered in a local venue to a group of delegates coming from a variety of businesses in the same local area.

Half Day Programmes

Both programmes in this suite are delivered during a series of half-day workshops. They are best suited to people who like to learn in a hands-on, interactive learning environment. Facilitated by one of our experienced tutors the sessions are based around practical exercises followed by discussion to extract key learning points and related directly back to the delegate’s workplace and current challenges. This has the added benefit of enabling delegates to discuss common workplace issues with their peers and come to solutions together.

As Institute of Leadership and Management approved Development Programmes registration includes 12 months free studying membership with ILM giving access to a wide range of learning materials online and attendance at all the workshops results in an ILM certificate.

Building Better Management Skills

6 half day workshops over a 16 week period.

Designed specifically for managers working in small to medium sized local businesses who are new into the position or wish to improve their current skill level. It is also ideal for those who have been in a management role for some time but have had little or no formal training.

By the end of this programme you can expect your delegates to be able to:

  • Describe the role of a manager in a small to medium size organisation
  • Identify their preferred leadership style and describe a variety of other leadership styles and their uses
  • Adapt their leadership style so that it fits the situation
  • Create long-term visionary goals and write effective objectives for themselves and their team
  • Use delegation and task allocation in an effective way
  • Explain how learning happens and make learning in the workplace more effective
  • Describe a range of elements to consider when developing people
  • Use feedback effectively to improve performance of individuals in the team
  • Describe how individuals react to imposed change and use their understanding to introduce change with minimum disruption
  • Deal more effectively with resistance to change from employees
  • Use a range of creative problem-solving techniques
  • Use a variety of strategies for dealing with conflict in the workplace

Developing Team Leader Skills

5 half day workshops over a 12 week period.

Designed for those people who are new into a team leader or supervisory role or who have been working in the role for some time but without formal training and want to develop their skills further.

This programme will be suitable for people who like to learn in a hands-on environment. Facilitated by one of our experienced tutors the sessions are based around practical exercises followed by discussion to extract key learning points and related directly back to the delegate’s workplace and current challenges. This has the added benefit of enabling delegates to discuss common workplace issues with their peers and come to solutions together.

By the end of this programme you can expect your delegates to be able to:

  • Describe the role of a supervisor/ team leader in a small to medium size organisation
  • Describe the experiences and people that have influenced their life and the impact these have on the way they work
  • List and describe the skills and behaviours of an effective team leader / supervisor
  • Motivate themselves and the team to meet targets
  • Communicate more effectively with their colleagues and customers
  • Demonstrate how to communicate assertively when necessary
  • Use influencing skills with colleagues and customers
  • Identify the time thieves that prevent them being effective and devise ways of dealing with them to reduce their negative impact
  • Prioritise their own workload and that of their team in order to achieve the goals of the business

Knuggets of Knowledge

Sometimes even half a day away from work just doesn’t seem possible. That was why we thought why not combine learning with some networking and maybe a bite to eat. That way it feels like the time has been even more productive.

Knuggets are 90-minute sessions focussing on a specific topic or technique. These sessions are less like traditional training sessions. To keep them focussed we dispense with all the usual introductions and there is very little time for things like breakout groups. It is a case of grab a plate, sit down, listen to the tutor and ask questions. At the end of the 90 minutes, you have had something to sustain both your mind and body and are ready to get back to work. Or you can spend a little time networking.

Managers and team leaders

  • Giving feedback to bring about a change
  • Dealing with conflict between employees
  • Understanding the impact of change
  • Better team briefings
  • Setting goals that inspire
  • Writing better objectives
  • Dealing with time thieves
  • Dealing with procrastination
  • Creative idea generation
  • Dealing with poor performance

General employees

  • Setting personal goals
  • Building personal confidence
  • Handling customer complaints
  • Communicating assertively
  • Prioritising work
  • Self-motivation
  • Creative problem-solving

Online Training Room

The modern workforce is used to working, networking and socialising in a virtual space. Businesses use the internet more and more for conducting their everyday operations including communication with clients and other employees, research, project management, task collaboration, you name it someone will be using the internet for making it happen. So why not tap into this by using it for your training needs too.

We don’t mean using the internet for research about soft skills, then having to read lots of information or just sit and listen to videos where you can’t ask a question and get an answer. No, our online training room is not a ‘learn on your own’ solution, nor is it an anonymous webinar environment. We use collaborative software to create a learning environment that is as close to being in an actual training room as possible.

We can work with your team either in a group learning session with a maximum of 6 people at one time using many traditional training techniques including breakout and question and answer sessions or as one to one sessions completely tailored to the individual both in terms of ability and current challenges.

As long as you have a computer (with a camera is even better) we can deliver great quality facilitated learning directly to your desk. Benefits of using the online training room. This solution has the added benefits of:

  • No travel at all – you can go straight from the classroom into your next appointment or task and vice versa
  • Lower cost – Because there are no overheads to consider we can offer this learning at an even better rate than our other solutions

What are the benefits?

  • Networking – a great way to establish supportive relationships in the local area but outside the business 
  • Ideas and tips – Sharing best practice and personal experience with people in the same area even if not in the same business
  • The grass isn’t always greener – By sharing common problems delegates discover they are not alone and actually things may be rosier than they thought
  • Confidence – It helps to know you have the skill and knowledge you need to do a good job
  • Career development prospects – These kind of learning and development opportunities are not often available in small businesses Recruitment – The availability of good quality learning and development opportunities can help give a business the edge in attracting better candidates
  • Local value –Great quality learning without the travel or the high price ticket that goes with it

Actually met and exceeded my objectives and expectations

– August 2008