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Webinar: The secrets of action learning – what makes it so powerful?

We’re often asked what distinguishes action learning from other forms of professional development training, and what makes it so effective. So, we’ve decided … More

Just published: White paper: Evaluating action learning

Author: Mandy Hetherton, Senior Associate at Action Learning Associates Title: Evaluating action learning: tick box exercise or powerful change process? In this white … More

TOPSHOTS A woman hugs a baby wrapped in an emergency blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 1, 2015. The UN refugee agency UNHCR said it expects 700,000 migrants and refugees to reach Europe via the Mediterranean this year and projected at least the same amount again in 2016. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

Christmas 2015 donation to Positive Action in Housing

Some of you may recall we chose to make a donation to our chosen charity Positive Action in Housing in lieu of Christmas … More

Visiting Ugandan prison officers with the patron of the African Prisons project Lord Ramsbotham.

Action learning aids radical changes for Ugandan Prison Services

Action Learning Associates is working with pioneering charity the African Prisons Project running action learning sessions for five senior Ugandan prison officers who … More


Lancashire Fire & Rescue use action learning to tackle Employee Engagement

Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service is currently setting up a programme of action learning sets for Watch Managers as part of their Employee … More



Latest Blog Posts

These are the latest extracts from our blog, a rich commentary on the world of action learning and its applications in the real world. You can explore this in full by following this link: Our blog
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Action learning – a “profound experience”

Ruth Cook writes...

I spend the majority of my working life now training people in action learning facilitation and I love it. I love the depth … More


Action learning and space or ‘rummelighed’

Jane Garnham writes...

I am a mentor on the Charityworks Graduate Management Programme which provides learning and experiences relevant to first level management roles within the … More


Collaborating in the virtual space: observations from practice

John Heywood writes...

Annual UK business travel for 2014 was estimated at 31 billion euros. As it becomes increasingly common for working groups and teams to … More

The value of action learning within Fellowship Programmes

Ruth Cook writes...

Action learning is a powerful vehicle for nurturing talent and enabling key personnel to develop their leadership skills. Yet it isn’t always a … More


Action Learning works… and goes on working

John Heywood writes...

When Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) decided to include action learning in their training plans, they commissioned Action Learning Associates to train … More



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Friday 13th January 2017  – Booking now

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Forthcoming Events

Webinar: The secrets of action learning – what makes it so powerful?

We’re often asked what distinguishes action learning from other forms of professional development training, and what makes it so effective. So, we’ve decided … More

Case Studies


Case Studies

Sandvik Coromant

Using action learning to deliver projects and build a team – Sandvik Coromant

Sandvik Coromant UK (part of a Swedish based global engineering company of real standing in their market) commissioned ALA to deliver a programme of project based action learning sets to help build on the success of a major new sales route as well as improve cohesion within the national sales team. More


Changing the social care system with action learning

Lankelly Chase Foundation works to bring about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage. The ‘Promoting Change Network’ (PCN) has been set up by Lankelly Chase to foster learning, and supports 40 or so organisations which receive funding from the Foundation. More

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Using action learning for mergers

Cancer Research UK is a good example of how action learning can contribute to the organisational issues that arise following a merger. This … More

A young man suffering from depression looks out a window

Action learning for people who use mental health services

Action learning sets have a long pedigree of being formed for professionals, academics and managers across a range of sectors and in particular … More


Independent evaluation of the Leadership Facilitation Skills programme

Facilitating Leadership through Action Learning: The case of the Creative & Cultural Industries Summary This is an account of a novel approach to leadership … More

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