Learning Now TV, Michelle Parry-Slater and the Charity Learning Consortium have joined forces to highlight the valuable lessons learned from having little or no budget for learning and development.
The greatest barrier to developing skills in the charity sector is lack of budget but members of the Consortium buck the trend, collaborating to find solutions. A new series of interviews with charities, broadcast on Learning Now TV (LNTV) over the coming year, will share the lessons they have learned with a wider audience.
Martin Baker, founder and CEO of the Charity Learning Consortium; Michelle Parry-Slater, L&D Director at Kairos Modern Learning and Lead Volunteer for L&D at Girlguiding; and Colin Steed, founder of LNTV are working together on the new series.
Michelle Parry-Slater will be interviewing charities for LNTV: “As a volunteer with Girlguiding, I know that many charities are doing great work in L&D,” she said. “Without the big budgets of the corporate world, voluntary organisations are forced to be creative, innovative and future-focused. Corporates can learn a lot from the charity sector on how focusing on outcomes – rather than spend – produces better results in learning. I’m keen to showcase some of the amazing stories and practical tips on LNTV.”
First in the spotlight is Paul Hodgkinson from SAHA, the Salvation Army Housing Association, who created and implemented a learning strategy in just eight weeks. He shares the lessons he has learned, to help take the fear out of ‘strategy’. You can also read his top tips here. His interview is due to be broadcast on 31 October 2019 on LNTV, where the programme will also be available to watch after broadcast. The LNTV internet channel is dedicated to learning and development.
Next in the LNTV hot seat is Tom Boyesen-Corballis, Digital Learning and Development Manager at The Prince’s Trust. Tom explains to LNTV how the learning team at The Trust has used spare apprenticeship funds – kindly transferred from Tesco – to implement a management development programme at the charity. In a great example of collaboration, The Prince’s Trust used its own expertise to develop a course workbook and one of the workshops in-house. His interview is due to be broadcast on LNTV later this year.
Martin Baker, founder and CEO of the Charity Learning Consortium, said he was delighted to be sharing stories of innovative L&D with a wider audience: “I’ve worked with a huge range of learning practitioners in corporate organisations as well as charities over the years, and practitioners working in the voluntary sector generally don’t recognise how good they are. They’re doing some incredible work, and corporate organisations can definitely learn from their ‘can do’ spirit.”
Colin Steed said he was looking forward to working on the new series: “We’ll be spotlighting the excellent work that charities do, with some great examples for corporate organisations to consider. Having little or no L&D budget certainly means you have to be more innovative and this series will show that.”
About Learning Now TV
Learning Now TV is a live-streamed internet tv channel bringing you inspirational interviews, discussions, and practical advice and guidance to keep you up-to-date in the world of corporate learning and performance. Membership to the channel is free. You will be able to interact with LNTV on its social channel during the monthly live streamed broadcast as well as having an on-demand resource of the recorded programmes to refer to throughout the year. It has over 500 individual items in the on-demand library. Learning Now TV is produced by some of the leading authorities in L&D, who have many years’ experience of reporting the real-world issues for today’s learning and performance professionals.
Michelle Parry-Slater heads up Kairos Modern Learning (KML), an L&D consultancy focused on practical support for clients. In moving away from only offering face to face workplace learning, and moving towards embracing the best of social and digital learning, KML guides clients to create effective, efficient, engaging and enjoyable workplace learning. A regular on LNTV, Michelle shares her practical tips and those of her guests as a continuation of her #NoPlasters campaign, to stop L&D ‘sticking plasters’ on learning instead of getting to root cause solutions that work. Find out more at www.KairosModernLearning.co.uk/
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