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Webinar: Resilience in the workplace – an undervalued asset?

This webinar took place on Thursday 25th May, you can see a recording of the session here. Work isn’t all about money – … More

What’s in a voice? The art of listening – Webinar

With increasing pressure to save time and cut travel expenses, plus give due consideration to the environment, it’s not surprising that we have … More

Live action learning webinar

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take part in an action learning set? Action learning is a powerful catalyst … More

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

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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

The challenges and rewards of working internationally

Ruth Cook writes...

In preparing for working on a new action learning facilitator training programme there’s always a stock set of things to do; research the … More

Action learning - reaching new horizons

Exploring new horizons with action learning

Ruth Cook writes...

We ran an action learning facilitator training programme last December (2016) for a group of 6 people. Some of the participants went on … More

Action Learning Facilitation

Action Learning facilitator training – can anyone do it?

Sonja Antell writes...

Sometimes we’re asked what it is exactly that we do as action learning facilitators. Don’t we just sit in a room with a … More

Empathy in the workplace - action learning

Empathy – who needs it?

John Heywood writes...

I recently introduced action learning to an international group of twenty-eight engineers and business people before they split up into smaller action learning … More

Action learning - women's leadership

Developing Future Female Leaders

Surya Turner writes...

In a bid to harness the talents and to address under representation of women in leadership positions, the London School of Hygiene & … More

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Applied action learning for experienced facilitators

Thursday 5 October 2017  – Booking now

ILM endorsed professional development day

Thursday 9th November 2017  – Booking Now

Action learning facilitator training for individuals

28-30 November 2017  – Booking Now

Virtual action learning for experienced facilitators (CPD)

TBA  – Booking now

Action learning facilitator training for individuals

16-18 January 2018  – Booking Now

Action learning facilitator training for individuals

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Webinar: Resilience in the workplace – an undervalued asset?

This webinar took place on Thursday 25th May, you can see a recording of the session here. Work isn’t all about money – … More

What’s in a voice? The art of listening – Webinar

With increasing pressure to save time and cut travel expenses, plus give due consideration to the environment, it’s not surprising that we have … More

Live action learning webinar

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take part in an action learning set? Action learning is a powerful catalyst … More

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

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How A2Dominion Group transformed management capabilities

Working in the social sector brings with it its own challenges and pressures. Anything that can help managers perform better, feel more confident … More

Action learning team buiding in the engineering sector

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

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

Action learning working to ease mergers

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

Action learning for people using mental health services

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

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“Learning to learn by doing with and from others who are also learning to learn by doing” Reg Revans

Thinking of becoming an action learning facilitator?

Thinking of becoming an action learning facilitator?

If you are a professional working in the field of learning and development, or you use facilitation in your work, this is a great way to supplement your skills and add to your credentials.

Or you may wish to add the skills of in-house action learning facilitators to your organisation, to embed a continuous process of management and people development. If so, we can provide a tailored course to train your staff to facilitate action learning sets, either on site or at your chosen venue.

The ALA training course was endorsed by the ILM in 2008, in recognition of its professional standards and we have now trained in excess of 1,200 Action Learning Facilitators.

A really excellent learning opportunity that gives you the tools and methods to facilitate action learning sets with good evidence based results and outcomes. I really liked the clear and achievable structure of the course.

The facilitator training process

The training programme takes participants through a process to develop all the skills needed to become an action learning facilitator, including:

  • the principles and conventions of action learning
  • setting up new sets
  • the skills of facilitation
  • coping with challenging set members
  • enabling sets to become self facilitating
  • alternative models of action learning
  • evaluation of action learning

How long does it take?

The course takes three days, during which time everyone will be thoroughly immersed in an action learning set. This is so all participants can fully understand the process and principles whilst experiencing being in and outside the set. With a maximum of six people on each course, everyone gains first hand experience of facilitating an action learning session and receives feedback on their performance. They come away with confidence in the action learning process, ideas about how to apply action learning and a sound basis to further develop facilitation skills.

Our training has been endorsed by the ILM since 2008 and participants benefit by completing an additional professional development day, the Endorsed Programme in Action Learning Facilitation.

Take-aways

We provide a comprehensive workbook full of excellent resource material and references, plus a learning log for you to add notes towards your ILM accreditation. There are templates that you can adapt to use in your own work and a section for skills review and reflection.

If you choose to register for the ILM endorsed course, you will complete a Reflective Learning Log as a record of your learning and attend a follow up development day to complete the process (generally three to six months later).

Life-long learning

Experienced action learning facilitators can train in a variety of  CPD activities, for example; virtual action learning or evaluation,  on one of our regular CPD programmes.

Further reading for insights into what it’s like to participate in this course: Reflections on an action learning facilitator training set by Julie Kenyon, and Exploring New Horizons with Action Learning, by Ruth Cook.

Why choose Action Learning Associates?

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Why choose Action Learning Associates?

We are the UK’s leading provider of action learning and action learning facilitator training. Our wealth of knowledge and experience comes from a highly talented and dedicated team of action learning practitioners whose work spans many different types of organisations and industry sectors both here in the UK and abroad. Clients choose to work with us because they receive personal, professional, reflective peer group coaching that is tailored to their very specific needs. We work with senior level executives in leading UK and international corporations as well as charities, not for profit organisations, educational establishments, local authorities and the NHS. Take a look at some of our clients’ comments about their own experiences of Action Learning Associates.