Case studies

A new concept for charity retail shops

We’ve joined forces with local and national charities and a big name on the high street to create an innovative training programme. Our Retail Academy for the Voluntary Sector is a six-month course that helps charities make sure their retail shops are as successful as possible.

The course focuses on vital aspects like leadership skills, managing volunteers and visual merchandising. We aim to give volunteers invaluable skills to help them in their roles, and have partnered with John Lewis in High Wycombe to give delegates a day-long training workshop in a department store.

We have already helped The Clare Foundation, Willen Hospice and Rennie Grove Hospice Care, ensuring that the charities become more business-savvy. The course is so successful that it was shortlisted in the Charity Times Awards 2016.

Training leaders in the NHS

We’re working with several large NHS trusts and private healthcare providers to train their senior managers in leadership skills. Each programme is completely bespoke to meet the client’s specific needs. By taking a practical approach, we help leaders build their strengths and use them in the work situation.

The training can look at anything from understanding personality traits to managing team dynamics and personal communications. As well as the training, we also include a service improvement project, recommending changes to trusts and providers to help them enhance their service. During the final session of the programme, delegates can present their ideas on how to improve service to senior staff. Many of the ideas have already been adopted by the trusts we’re working with.

So far we’ve worked with London North West Hospital Trust, Hillingdon Hospital Trust, Milton Keynes University Hospital Trust and Nuffield Hospitals. More than 250 staff have attended our training sessions to date.

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Helping social workers and social care staff

We’ve joined forces with Aylesbury College and Buckinghamshire County Council to create The Social Work Academy. The Academy aims to improve supply and retention of social workers and care staff in the area by giving them a clear training route into their career.

The Academy includes a range of support, including masterclasses with leading academics and social work professionals, as well as courses designed to help newly qualified learners build their skills.

We also offer a range of safeguarding skills study days for professionals who want to expand their knowledge and abilities. Delegates can also enroll in work-based learning to help them explore different aspects of social work and learn from other people within the healthcare and caring professions.