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Regular readers here will have seen me moan about the quality of training, on blogposts here. I also will moan in real life, to anyone else who will listen. In addition, the price of training, conferences and exhibitions, can be pretty eye-watering. So expensive that current trimmed budgets would never allow more than a handful of courses to be attended annually, if that.
Why are courses so expensive, when often the trainers themselves are paid often a fraction of what a single delegate may be charged? Well venues are often high ticket. Typical conference style hotels, often not so close to public transport, push up prices. A buffet lunch with the customary prawn sandwiches, much maligned by (often resident/tenant) observers, can add £80 to a training course place.
Big hotels are not always ideal. Indeed some of my best training experiences, both sides of the room, often have been in small groups, of under twenty attendees. My local community library, totally funded by volunteer donations, often is used for small courses.
Rather than the stock conference hotel buffet, my favourite eating experience at a training session was at a little community café, adjacent to the training area, where for about a fiver, I got a brilliant tasty baguette sandwich, homemade flapjack and a large real coffee. Those experiences are few and far between however and not currently the norm.
I got into a conversation earlier this year with all round good egg and social housing collaborator Barry Marlow, about the above. We both agreed that it could be a lot better, there must be a different way to offer training, while keeping price for the day low and as a spin off, benefit regional community groups and organisations.
Nearly six months later, Barry has put a new training offer together, which tries to hit the spot on all the points I have outlined above. Firstly its key to offer diverse training courses to tackle new subjects, that existing ones do not, keeping costs down to £95 per day, per delegate.
Course numbers are designed to be small, under twenty and provided in a range of community venues, across the UK. This enables us to give back and organically support these community groups, who form the fabric of our neighbourhoods and communities. All have a café or place for delegates to grab lunch nearby. This enables us to give back to the area where the training occurs. Key of all, these places are easy to get to and in most cases, less than a 15 minute walk from stations or transport hubs, with lots of free parking if you travel by car. Venues are designed to be near you, so travel and your carbon footprint reduced.
Look out as I will be doing some training sessions in the coming months. Eleven trainers are already collaborating, including Phil Murphy (Better fire safety for residents and landlords), John Popham (Digital tools, getting the most from social media) and Anna O’Halloran (Social Housing behavioural insights).
Have a look at the courses on offer at Training95 – hopefully I will see you at a community venue soon! 😉
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