We believe that coaching skills can enhance all areas of life, not only leadership skills in organisations, but the greater contexts of personal relationships, inter-country politics, cross cultural communication, the rehabilitation of offenders and the education of children and adults.
We are committed to spreading the benefits of coaching to as wide an audience as possible, in particular beyond the current confines, where candidates mostly have to be middle managers or high earning individuals in order to be able to afford the training. We undertake this in the following ways:
We deliver Coaching Culture Strategy programmes and ILM accredited Coaching and Mentoring training to organisations through 27 countries and in all main business languages, and to public sector organisations in the UK. We are particularly keen to support the NHS and proud to be working at CEO and director level with five main hospital trusts.
We provide ILM accredited coach training in London twice a year in the form of open courses which anyone may attend. The training supplies not only a marketable skill in the form of an ILM coaching and mentoring certificate, but provides opportunities for reflection, greater awareness of self and others, and help in deciding to move forward, through the plentiful practical coaching sessions which every participant undertakes. We provide scholarship places to those in need, for example the unemployed. No-one is ever turned away because they are unable to pay.
Coaching skills possibly make the greatest difference to people who have led challenging lives, who may have been homeless or convicted as offenders, or are lacking role models in behaviour and communication. But historically these are the people least likely to gain access to coach training. We provide free training and trainers to more of these people every year through:
1. MOE Foundation (The Ministry of Entrepreneurship) MOE provides several coach training course a year, for which we provide courses and trainers free of charge. We also support the Coach Accelerator Programme at MOE, where trainees who have qualified on the coach training programmes can deepen their skills by assisting on future courses, or even become fully capable coach trainers on their own. One of these is Jeffrey Wotherspoon, a student on the first MOE course and now member of our advisory panel and now delivering professional coaching and training to a variety of clients.
2. The African Prisons Project. The APP funds cohorts of African prison governers to spend several months gaining training and experience in the UK. As part of the programme we train them both in coaching skills and as coach trainers themselves, so that they can take the skills back and spread the coaching approach throughout the prison systems in Africa.