Training

We are actively involved in the design, development and presentation of training programmes and learning workshops that focus on promoting effective workplace cooperation, communication and conflict and relationship management.

We work as a consultant to the International Labour Organisation, (ILO www.ilo.org) on whose behalf we train mediators, negotiators and other stakeholders internationally through delivering ‘in country’ training, as well as at the ILO’s International Training Centre in Turin, Italy.

Locally, we also present training for Conflict Dynamics, (www.conflictdynamics.co.za) a leading South African provider of mediation, negotiation and collective bargaining courses.

We work in association with Canadian restorative justice and Peace Circles specialist, Dr Evelyn Zellerer, and Peace of the Circle (www.peaceofthecircle.com) in presenting training on the Fundamentals of Peace Circles.

RECENT TRAINING PROJECTS WE HAVE CONDUCTED:

Workplace Conflict Management modules for the World Bank

Designed and presented at a Colloquium of World Bank Regional Mediators in Buenos Aires. (The intention being for the mediators to use the modules in staff capacity-building sessions in their own geographical regions).

‘Effectively Managing Interpersonal Conflict in the Workplace’

A five-day programme developed for the ILO and presented at the International Training Centre in Turin, Italy.

‘Effective Workplace Cooperation’ for the Garment and Shrimp Industries in Bangladesh

Two five-day programmes developed for the ILO’s Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations programme in Bangladesh. The training included a ‘Training-of-Trainers’ component to build the capacity of Bangladeshi trainers to roll out the training at factory level.

Mediator Skills Training for IFAD, Rome

Design, development and presentation of a context-specific Mediation Skills course for the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The programme seeks to build in-house mediation capacity and it includes an assessment component.

Promoting Effective Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations in Garment Industry

Two courses developed for the ILO’s Better Work programme. Better Work focuses on improving conditions of employment and productivity in the garment industry in seven key garment manufacturing countries. The two courses:

  • Promoting Effective Collective Bargaining;
  • Coaching and Influencing Stakeholders to Support Effective Industrial Relations.

Conciliation of Labour Disputes in Bangladesh

Presentation of training for conciliators based in the Bangladesh Department of Labour.

OUR APPROACH TO TRAINING AND CAPACITY-BUILDING:

  • Every person comes with a rich life experience. It’s our job to tap into it.
  • We want to hear all voices in the room, not just those of the more experienced.
  • We offer different ways of thinking about and doing things – we respect that people make choices about what they want to take on.
  • Before content, we connect to people and support people to connect to each other. ‘People first, content second’.

  • We bring our knowledge and experience, but do not hold ourselves as ‘the expert’. We are as much a ‘learner as we are the ‘teacher’.
  • Learning is not simply a cognitive process – our emotions and bodies play a significant role and they need to be acknowledged and taken care of in the learning process.
  • We make learning fun – we invite people to play and laugh and share different parts of themselves.