Harnessing the productivity of groups by enabling effective working.

Programme details


15 - 16 January 2019
12 - 13 March 2019
9 - 10 April 2019
4 - 5 June 2019
11 - 12 June 2019
30 - 31 July 2019
To be confirmed

Businesses and organisations are increasingly seeking to build capability and capacity to do learning and development, OD and change for themselves. Small groups are the engines for driving these activities and facilitation is a core skill in doing them, and in supporting and developing them.

Practical Facilitation Skills offers a sound grounding in becoming a facilitator – moving beyond simply doing skills transfer or knowledge download to becoming an effective enabler of groups. We do not simply give you an ABC of tools to go away and do. Rather we help you to develop your skill and confidence as you operate in a wider range of scenarios. You will increase your understanding of the role and the skill set, of groups and yourself. With a wider repertoire and greater choice of how you support and challenge the groups with which you work, you will be better able to help them achieve their outcomes.

This programme is useful for both employed and self-employed people who are seeking to become more effective with groups to get results, drive change and improve delivery. This includes consultants, L&D, HR and OD practitioners, and line managers.

Why should you attend this programme?

  • Understand groups and how they develop at a deeper level
  • Understand your role as facilitator and develop your edge
  • Build skills and confidence
  • Increase your focus and capability to intervene effectively in groups
  • Explore and practise your skills, and receive high quality feedback



Business benefits

Facilitation is a core skill for successful leaders and practitioners as it enables them to run more effective, focused meetings. In addition, growing the skills set of HR, OD or L&D professionals allows the organisation to bring some traditionally outsourced facilitation in-house to support  innovation and problem-solving.

Excellent. Fulfilled my requirements and left me interested to find out more

Carolyn Myring, GLL


Amazing, such a great experience. Great pace, relations, person centered. Good mix of approaches and learning. Very beneficial.

Ruth Wallbank, NIHR Clinical Research network


‘Incredible. Hugely exceeded my expectations, hands down the best use of 2 days of my time on self- development. It’s INCREDIBLE! Go and get to know who you are, how you impact people and go forth and fulfil your mandate.

Nicola French.  Global HR Business Partner.


The programme has had a considerable impact on my day-to-day work. Now I properly understand how to be “in service of the group” this has led to more productive decision making and idea generation by colleagues. That, in turn, has led to a greater sense of ownership for the implications, and implementation, of decisions. Shortly after the programme, I  facilitated workshops to over 120 Welsh public servants. My sessions meant moving along the facilitator spectrum, leading from the front and allowing the group to lead itself.  The awareness and skill developed on the programme was excellent preparation, and the feedback I received really positive.

Nia James, Deputy Director (Natural Resources), Welsh Government Assembly


If you are looking for an advanced facilitation skills programme, The art of facilitation may be suitable, click here to find out more.

Duration and fees

2 days

Limited to 12 participants

Horsham: Residential:           £1,200 + VAT

Fees are inclusive of all tuition fees, materials, meals and accommodation


Bristol, Horsham and Manchester: Non-Residential: £1,000 + VAT

Fees are inclusive of all tuition fees, materials and lunch



$2,999 +GST
inclusive of all tuition fees, materials and meals


Programme director

Programme director

Andy Firth

BA (Hons), PGDip, NVQ4

Related Information

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