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An intensive two-day practical programme (which may be followed by a one-day skills update two or three months later).

Facilitator Training Programme

The focus of the action learning facilitator programme is learning by doing. Following an introduction to the theory and practice of action learning the facilitator demonstrates action learning with the group and participants each practice facilitating the group themselves, gaining confidence through experience and feedback from their peers and the facilitator.

Participants develop the core skills of listening and questioning and understand the structure and ethos of action learning. They learn how to establish trust within the set and explore issues around confidentiality, organisational and power dynamics in groups and individual and group learning and change.

Action learning is action orientated and the focus of the work is encouraging a commitment to learning and change by all involved, be that individual professional development as managers and leaders or tackling the challenges of the ‘wicked’ issues organisations increasingly face.

Time is spent reflecting on when to use action learning and considering the organisational and practical issues involved in establishing action learning sets. Participants set their own learning objectives and make an action plan for applying their learning back at work.

Participants form a learning group. At the end of the programme the option for the group to continue meeting for peer-support as a self-facilitating action learning set is explored.

This is a tried and tested methodology for action learning facilitator training, with good outcomes in terms of skill acquisition and understanding of how to set up work-based action learning sets.

The programme is supported by a workbook and a copy of the key text “Facilitating Action Learning” by Mike Pedler and Christine Abbott is supplied for each participant.

The programme is structured around 6 participants.

About the trainer

The trainer - Katie Venner BA (Hons) MSc (Dist)
organisation change agent, action learning facilitator and trainer

Katie is an experienced group and organisational change facilitator and coach, specialising in action learning and leadership. She has trained managers as action learning facilitators and run action learning for the past 15 years, linking facilitation skills to leadership development in a unique Government funded programme she co-designed for creative and cultural managers as Senior Associate with Action Learning Associates.
Katie runs cross-sector action learning set for leaders in Somerset and Devon and is currently delivering action learning facilitator training for the NHS South West Leadership Academy. Katie is the author of ‘Developing Facilitative Leaders: Action learning facilitator training as leadership development’ in Action Learning in Practice 4th edition 2011 Ed Mike Pedler. She also facilitates Open Space and World Café events and trains in their facilitation.

Previous clients have said about Katie:

“Katie was recommended to us by NHS Leadership South West. She successfully designed and delivered a 3-day programme to train six staff from across our member organisations in the knowledge and skill to facilitate Action Learning Sets. Feedback from the participants (which included me) was very positive. We enjoyed Katie's style of facilitation. She is very professional, calm and engaging. The notes she provided are clear, practical and user friendly. We would have no hesitation in employing Katie again to deliver similar training.

Dave Evans, Quality Improvement Programme Manager, South West Academic Science Network

Special requirements

Please let Support Services know if there is anything that would affect your learning and if there is anything we can do to enable you to fully participate in our courses and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Call Support Services on 01392 248919 or email [email protected] 

Cancellation Policy

In the event that this course does not reach the minimum required number to proceed we will contact you and offer a credit against the next available course, the option to book an alternative course or a refund.

By proceeding with this booking you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

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