Working collaboratively in organisations – whether within teams, cross-functional groups or virtual teams – is an everyday part of organisational life.  Success depends on effective facilitation as a distinct discipline, used at every level in organisations, to help people in meetings reach a decision, resolve an issue or generate creative ideas. Practical Facilitation Skills is not a facilitator training course that shows you how to facilitate skills transfer or knowledge download, and it doesn’t give you an ABC of tools to go away and use.  What it does is allow you to practise and develop your skills and confidence to be an enabler of groups working across a wide range of scenarios.

Course Overview

Roffey Park’s Practical Facilitation Skills is a two-day facilitation skills training course that provides a thorough grounding in how a successful facilitator works with a group, and explores techniques and frameworks needed for effective facilitation.

Practical Facilitation Skills – Programme Summary

Practical Facilitation Skills is a two-day facilitator training course which provides a sound grounding in becoming a facilitator and effective enabler of groups.  Key features of the programme include:

Highly practical and experiential

On this programme we focus on developing practical facilitation skills.  Every participant will have the opportunity to prepare and facilitate a group activity and receive in-depth feedback.

Facilitator Readiness

Unlike many facilitation skills training programmes, Roffey Park’s Practical Facilitation Skills programme prepares you the facilitator for working with a range of groups in a range of situations, rather than teaching you a series of exercises to use that, when they don’t work for a group, can leave you stranded.

Learning from the group

For a facilitator, group work with any group is a learning experience.  We encourage participants on Practical Facilitation Skills to experience and observe the programme group and learn from what is happening, and to share and learn from one another’s experience.

Learning from experts

The group is made of people working in the field so you will learn from each other, and you will also work with highly experienced Roffey Park facilitators who will help you shape your learning, realise you goals and act as a live study of facilitation in action.

Is this programme for me?

Practical Facilitation Skills facilitator training programme is suitable for both new and less experienced facilitators looking for a programme which will cover the essentials of effective facilitation.

This programme is for you if:

  • You are a line manager who wants to enable their teams to be more productive and effective
  • You are HR, OD or L&D professional or change agent who wants to become more effective with groups to get results, drive change and improve delivery

This programme isn’t for you, if you are an experienced facilitator, looking for an advanced facilitation skills programme.  If this is the case, please check out Advanced Facilitation Skills to find out more or call 01293 854059

What will you be able to do at the end of the course?

Facilitate groups
You’ll understand the skills and role of the facilitator, and what that means for you in your organisation context

Greater confidence
You’ll gain, and have practised, a range of facilitation tools and techniques to enable you to make the right choices when facilitating groups

Deal with conflict
You’ll be able to overcome difficulties within a group to ensure that the agreements and decisions achieved are authentic and lasting.

Delivery Team

Programme Director: Sue Binks

Andy Firth

Catherine Shepherd
Clare Jackman
Shelly Hossain
Vanessa Williams

What you’ll get out of Practical Facilitation Skills

Practical Facilitation Skills attracts a range of participants who have a role in enabling groups to work together effectively. This programme enables them to build their knowledge of facilitation and add a range of tools and techniques to enable them to harness the productivity of the groups they lead. At Roffey Park, our experts are here to get the best out of you so you can give the best back. Sign up today.

 We can also run this programme as an in-house programme which can be real value-for-money for groups of six or more. 

Contact the Client & Student Services teamby email or telephone 01293 854042


Delivery Formats

  • Face-to-face, in an open group, at one of our training centres
    You can select a start date and book here to follow one of our open programmes. This Practical Facilitation Skills course is regularly offered in our centres in Horsham (near London Gatwick airport), Dublin, Edinburgh, and Manchester. You will be amongst like-minded individuals from other organisations, so there is also an opportunity to compare notes and learn from your peers.
  • Face-to-face, in your own private group
    We can offer the same Practical Facilitation Skills programme uniquely for your organisation. We come to you, on-site or off-site, and deliver the standard programme, or even a custom version to further meet your organisational goals.
  • Live online
    We also deliver the exact same Practical Facilitation Skills programme through a rich blend of live, interactive online sessions, and pre- and post-reading and reflection. We use a range of up-to-the minute technologies, underpinned with our long-established learning management system. We provide a learning experience to remote, distributed or scattered teams with identical learning outcomes guaranteed. Live online programmes also save on travel time, accommodation fees and environmental impact.

Benefits for Organisations

On completing Practical Facilitation Skills, participants will:

  • Have greater confidence and impact as a facilitator
  • Be able to harness the productivity of groups, enabling them to focus and achieve their common purpose and results
  • Be able to overcome difficulties within a group ensuring that success is not derailed by conflicts, politics and power dynamics

Benefits for Participants

  • Understand the nature and scope of facilitation and your role as a facilitator
  • Develop your skills and capability to understand groups, group process and know how and when to intervene effectively
  • Be more confident as a facilitator with a range of styles and techniques to use in different situations.
  • Know how to have the open, honest conversations required to manage tensions and create behaviour change
  • Have the opportunity to explore and practise your facilitation skills and receive feedback.

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

Programme director

Photo of Andy Firth
Andy Firth ,BA (Hons), PGDip, NVQ4
Meet the team

When, where and prices

Location Course Duration in days Dates Status Residential price Non-residential price Options
Horsham 2 to Available £1,000* N/A Book
Horsham 2 to Available £1,000* N/A Book

Programme Outline

Practical Facilitation Skills is a two day programme with a focus on facilitation practise.

Day one

We begin the programme by establishing how the group will work together before exploring the different stages of group working, the facilitation skill-set required for working with groups and enabling them to get to work.  We then explore the nature of group process, range of interventions available and the impact of the facilitator’s presence and confidence on getting groups to achieve their task.

Day two

Day two is focused on facilitation skills practice with each participant practising their approach by facilitating a workshop of their choice.   The programme ends with the whole group carrying out a process review.