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Delivering Effective Training Workshop
A 2 day workshop that focuses on the skills of delivering pre-designed training effectively

About the workshop

This workshop is intended for staff involved in delivering pre-designed training sessions to support the introduction of new systems, technology or working practices.

It aims to help participants develop or refresh the essential training skills needed to deliver training courses, briefings, workshops or other face to face presentations confidently and effectively in a participative style.

It does not address in any substantial way issues of training needs analysis or training design, assuming this work has been done by others in the project team.

As well as building training skills, the programme can be structured to help familiarise participants with the design and content of sessions they will be delivering and provide opportunities to practice delivering aspects of these.

Group size

Usually 6-8 participants with a single tutor


The workshop is informal, practical and participative in nature. Through exercises, demonstrations and guided discussion participants explore how to ensure the training they deliver is engaging and effective for learners. There are opportunities to practice and refine different methods of training delivery relevant to their project. We can provide materials and resources for some practice work but also encourage participants to practice using their own content and materials.

Programme aims

The workshop aims to help participants:

Develop their understanding of how to help people learn through training
» Develop their skills in delivering group training using participative methods
» Practice their delivery and get feedback on style and effectiveness
» Increase their 'tool kit' of ideas, skills and approaches to training delivery
» Gain confidence in their ability to work participatively in training settings

Workshops can also be designed to help participants:
» Find out more about the training modules they will be delivering
» Practice delivery of an element of one aspect of a training session
» Identify personal actions needed to get ready to deliver their training

Pre-course work

To make best use of time available during the workshop, participants may be asked to complete the Learning Styles Questionnaire in advance of the workshop, read a short article about making training and learning effective and/or complete a self assessment of their training skills and learning needs.


2 days, typically 09.30 - 17.30. Note there may be some evening work needed to prepare delivery of practical sessions for day 2.

Indicative programme

The workshop runs in a coaching style and the programme may change to meet the needs and interests of participants on the day.

Day 1
Principles of effective training and key methods
09.15   Registration and coffee
09.30   Welcome, aims and personal introductions
» Who's who, your experience, needs and interests
» This workshop - aims, outline, style, admin
» Starting workshops - typical thoughts, feelings, what to do with them
10.00   Your project and training sessions
» Your project and the context for training - what it needs to deliver
» Proposed training sessions, outcomes, content, methods
» Your role in delivery
10.45   What makes training effective?
» Your experience of and criteria for effective training and learning events
» Why bother with participative methods?
» The risks of passive learning
» Some ideas on how people learn, the case for participation
» The role and skills of the trainer/facilitator
11.15   Coffee
11.30   Accelerated learning - principles, structures and methods
» The four stages of an accelerated learning design
» Card sort exercise: different methods for different purposes
» Skills required by trainer, self assessment and practice choices
12.30   Lunch

Using participative training methods
Practical exploration of training methods to be used in the delivery of your training sessions. Focus may include: icebreakers and energisers, demonstrations, using video clips, case studies, facilitated discussion, delivering lecturettes with powerpoint or flipchart, running participative group exercises. Sessions look at: what the method is and how it works, considerations in designing and running it, good practice tips and guidelines, how it works in practice through a short 'have a go' exercise, questions or concerns.

16.45   Briefing on practical work for day 2
» Who will deliver and practice what and when
» Materials, resources and support available

Review of the day
» Key learning points
Briefing on delivery for tomorrow

17.30   Close

Day 2
Extended Delivery Practice with Feedback
09.30   Welcome back
» The days programme
» Review and reflections on yesterday's programme
10.00   Practical Work: Preparation
» Time to prepare yourself and your materials for delivery.
» Help and support from peers and tutors as required.
10.45   Coffee

Practical Work: Delivery practice
» Delivery of training sessions to whole group
» Testing aspects of your training sessions, gaining experience in delivery and feedback
» 30 minutes delivery then 15 minutes review and structured feedback
» Using materials already available or your own, bring what you need

» Session 1: 11.00 - 11.45
» Session 2: 11.45 - 12.30 

12.30   Lunch

Delivery practice (continued)
» Session 3: 13.30 - 14.15
» Session 4: 14.15 - 15.00

15.00   Afternoon Tea

Delivery practice (continued)
» Session 5: 15.15 - 16.00
» Session 6: 16.00 - 16.45


Action planning
» Developing personal action plans

17.00   Review
» Workshop review and reaction evaluation
» Next steps for the project
17.30   Close

Please note

This is a sample programme for a two day training skills workshop focusing on delivery skills, typical of work we have successfully delivered. All our programmes are tailored to meet the needs and interests of client organisations and can incorporate elements from this or any other programme in our portfolio. Please call for further details.





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