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Reciprocal visits?


We are a small team of two trainers looking after 800+ people spread across 30+ locations throughout the UK, one of us in Hayes West London, the other in Gillingham, Kent.

We feel that despite making good progress creating a learning culture over the last 5 years we have begun to get a little stale – the momentum isn’t what it once was.

In particular we are struggling to get to grips with revamping our appraisal processes, performance management, management development and succession planning.

What we would like is to be able to visit colleagues in other organisations to share ideas and be inspired. We are not looking to steal anyone’s work, far from it as we feel we have much to offer too. What we are looking for is fresh insights into how other organisations tackle these and other issues related to HR and training in particular.

It’s been sometime since we last undertook a reciprocal visit, which is a great shame as when we did both parties, seemed to benefit enormously.

So if you are interested in helping out a pair of ‘jaded’ trainers, want to see what we do well or otherwise and feel you would benefit from the experience please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Ideally due to our location you would be based in the southern half of the country but anywhere would be considered.


Phil Knott
Learning & Development Manager
Bridisco Ltd.
[email protected]
Phil Knott

3 Responses

  1. reciprocal visits
    Hi Phil

    I have recently moved to a small training consultancy, who produce mainly online learning, from a training manager post within a multi-site retail/distribution organisation. I would welcome sharing ideas with you, as it will help me keep abreast of what is happening within large organisations (which will be useful in my quest to achieve CIPD mnembership), and hopefully I can provide you with some useful insights from my experience in my previous role and also a lot of theoretical knowledge that I have picked up from reviewing lots of online courses!

  2. Happy to share/visit
    Hello Phil

    I’d be very interested in this. I am Corporate Learning & Development Manager for Oxfam, so a little larger than your organisation (4,000 staff and 21,000 volunteers, 70 countries, 830 shops in the UK etc), though we operate in the Corporate L&D Team with just two training professionals (and minimal budget).

    Contact me – we’re based in Oxford.

    Alison Lewis
    Corporate Learning & Development Manager
    Oxfam GB

  3. Sharing experiences

    I’m not sure if we’d be what you’re looking for as we’re quite a small team and I wouldn’t say we’re hugely innovative in what we do (though I am trying!) but more than willing to help out. I’m a big believer in sharing experiences.

    I work for a large city law firm. If this is of interest let me know (see below).

    You may also be interested to know that a UK-HRD London forum is being set up for people to network which might be of interest(not sure if you belong to their forum but well worth it for different ideas and advice).

    Alison Clayton-Smith020 7367 3917


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