I’m currently in the middle of redesigning an induction programme for Warburtons in conjunction with Instep UK. I’m delighted to be involved in this project and (for those of you who have taken a closer look at the website) you will notice that induction training is one of the things that I specialise in. Indeed last year we worked with Kellogg’s on their Foundations Programme, and in the past I have worked with retailers, manufacturers, and call centres on their inductions.
Induction training is a huge passion of mine. People are taking the first steps an exciting new career. They have let go of the security and familiarity of their previous job where they were probably highly competent, well-known and comfortable. Now they are taking a step into the unknown.
Although designing traditional training courses forms the majority of my workload, I also design quite a number of self-directed programmes. Personally, I’m a big fan of self-directed learning especially for areas like induction, or technical subjects. They encourage the learners take responsibility for their own development, involve a range of people, and recognise that the business can’t always stop to accommodate someone’s training needs.
Last weekend, my son had his very first swimming lesson. He spent the week prior to this lesson lurching between being very excited, and mildly petrified about what was in store for him. We tried to make things easier for him by explaining what was likely to happen, and taking him to the pool the week before so that he was familiar with the environment. The big day arrived, and we crossed our fingers: This could go either way…In the end, he did brilliantly. He even had the courage to jump into the pool (holding the teacher’s hand) at the end of the lesson. We were very proud of him.