The UK is poor at blowing its own trumpet. Patrick McCurry sets the record straight by asking readers to nominate the best home-grown training concepts of all time
We think of the US as the launch pad of new people development ideas, yet many of the staples of the modern approaches to training come from UK shores. For example, British comedian John Cleese was probably the first to imagine that instructional films could be humorous when he co-founded Video Arts back in 1972, and nearly 60 countries watch those films now. And as executive chairman of KnowledgePool David Wimpress points out, his company claims to be the first to create an e-learning service over the Internet, in 1995. Self-managed learning, which gathered a group of individuals together to work on their own learning projects, is believed to have come from Roffey Park. So to celebrate the fact that this edition of Training is circulated around the globe, we canvassed opinion on the best of British training ideas of recent decades.
Chief executive, Springboard Consultancy
I would argue that a personal development approach to training, while not necessarily invented in the UK, is an area in which a number of British training companies enjoy an international reputation.
A holistic approach to development, which does not just focus on someone’s job, is becoming increasingly popular, and the UK is at the forefront in this trend.
Senior partner, Personnel Works
I would put forward the Management Charter Initiative (MCI), which was launched in the 1980s, as one of Britain’s best training ideas. Although the MCI did not take off in a major way, the thinking behind it was sound.
It grew out of the whole move in Britain away from an apprentice-based “time served” approach to one that asked whether people could actually do the jobs they were supposed to do.
That trend of looking for evidence of people’s skills spilled into management development and was embodied in the MCI. It represented a departure from a broad-brush approach to training to one that questioned managers’ particular skills.
Adviser (training and development), CIPD<