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Advice on a better name for ‘paddling pool’



I need some suggestions on a better expression to use for a training 'paddling pool' please - its been a really long time since I have managed a learning team, and my expressions are all a bit early 1990s!!

We will be letting people try out new skills in a model-office training room, supervised and supported by a Trainer, before letting them loose in a live customer environment.  In the 1990s, this environment was known as a 'paddling pool' but I cant help but think that this is a bit old hat and more than a little patronising for use with adult learners.

What do other people call this?  All ideas sincerely welcome



3 Responses

  1. never heard of that before

    Hi Julie; having been in L & D since 88 I can honestly say I've never heard the term paddling pool before.  Anyway, that's by the by; in my organisation we call what you describe the Academy.

  2. Thanks Clive – that sounds

    Thanks Clive – that sounds like a good alternative

  3. cor!

    I've been in the training field since 1985 and I've never heard the "paddling pool" term either.

    How about the:-

    Practise Ground/Area

    Proving Ground

    Work Gym

    Exercise Area

    or the Nets

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