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The ISM Team Working Award</


The ISM Team Working Award

A one day programme designed for delivery by independent training providers.
With the growth in demand for Team Skills in the workforce, a gap exists in the market for a single nationally recognised award. The ISM Team Working Award is designed to be delivered throughout the UK to the same general specifications, providing comparibility for companies wishing to develop their staff in this way. As the award will be widely available, participants will achieve a certificate which is likely to become nationally recognised, providing a useful benchmark for employers.
In all cases this document gives minimum requirements.
A one day programme of a full 8 hours duration, excluding lunch. At least three, but no more than five, “Tasks” to be completed during the day, each with an appropriate focus on an aspect of team working or team skills. The three tasks exclude any short “icebreaker” activities the provider may wish to use.
The tasks to be consolidated by review and feedback sessions, appropriately spaced through the programme.
Name of provider
Submission to run an activity programme leading to the ISM Team Working Award
The tasks each to be specified in terms of: (examples)
Name (e.g. “Ducks in a row”)
Focus: (e.g. “Problem solving and Communication”)
General description: (e.g. “Using only the equipment provided on the site, and without touching any of the 6 plastic and numbered ducks, or approaching the pond closer than the 1.5 meter cordon, the participants to fill the pond with water from the source on site downhill from the pond, and float the ducks in order through the hoop which stands upright in the pond.”)
Time allowed: (e.g.: “30 minutes activity, 30 minutes feedback”)
Special features: ( e.g. “Ducks 2 and 4 are holed, and will sink if in the water too long.”)
Resources: (e.g. “Plastic garden pool, free standing hoop, 40 gallon water drum, hosepipe 15m, six garden canes, plastic gutter tube 2m, ducks, string, tent pegs, tyre, elastic bands, curtain hooks, chair, pile of newspapers, tape, three large flower pots (plastic), sheet of transparent plastic roofing, instructions (laminated)”)
<b.Risk reduction: (e.g. “Several long sticks are used. These have been painted red at one end and white at the other to reduce the risks to eyes. No equipment has sharp edges. No electricity is on site. Ground is gently sloping and free of hazards. Only the site marshall is allowed to retrieve the ducks from the water”)
Desired outcomes: (e.g. “Primary outcome is achievement of task. Secondary outcome is recognition of value of working together in problem solving. Tutor – led feedback will identify critical incidents during the task, and seek to use a reflective learning to achieve planned behaviour change)
The above to be completed for each task
Further Resources
(In addition to the individual resources for each task, list the specific additional resources used on the day. E.g. “The centre offers a complete back up system, including 4 wheel drive vehicle, two way radios linking site marshalls to office, access to qualified first-aiders (3), as well as wet weather gear and hard hats. All debriefs are held in indoor, fully equipped training rooms. Video is available, and, may be used on some tasks”)
CVs of all staff involved are attached
Corporate literature describing the premises / activity area are attached.
Person to whom all correspondence should be directed.
ISM costs are £25.00 per person. Certificates will be released on payment of the invoice, which will be sent to the providing partner on receipt of the registration and completion documents.

Completed submissions should be forwarded to ISM at Stowe House, Netherstowe, Lichfield WS 13 6TJ or by email to


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