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As a forward thinking consultancy WDR not only like to stay one step ahead of the game but we aim to keep you ahead too. Our dedicated and passionate team keep a watchful eye out on what is going on in the world of business and corporate learning. We observe and analyse trends in order to get to the bottom of what people are truly saying and then share our findings with you. All this ensures we continue to create innovative learning solutions which truly match the constantly changing environments we all operate in.

  • Unemployed transform their lives, build their self-esteem and find work

    WDR Our Club have been really busy with 3 successful programmes in the space of six weeks. The team have touched the lives of almost 50 people from across Cheshire, London and Swansea in this short space of time. Ifan Jones one of our Programme Coaches shares a little about their journey and successes. Our journey began in Cheshire – With the first of these programmes being located in Northwich, Cheshire, starting on the 27th of February and …

  • Digital Learning - from Creation to Curation

    Last week Josh Bersin published The Disruption of Digital Learning: Ten Things We Have Learned. In which he assesses the current Learning & Development landscape and posits some predications for how the industry will change and evolve. I found this article really interesting and in many ways, exciting... The predictions make sense, especially on a global scale. The question on my mind is – How are we at WDR positioned for this changing …

  • Apprenticeship Levy

    Helping you plan for the introduction of the Leadership and Management Apprenticeships in April 2017. Apprenticeship qualifications are changing in 2017 and under the new rules there will be more funding available for employers to use their levy funding pot to invest in Leadership and Management skills. Employers can now develop and train their talent through work-related assignments. These new Leadership and Management Apprenticeships …

  • Mismatch between supply and demand in Social Care could be 1 million workers by 2025

    With headlines such as "Humanitarian crisis in the NHS" dominating the media and Jeremy Corbyn warning that "the entire social care system is at serious risk of breakdown" during his recent Fabian Society speech, the whole subject of adult social care is again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and now research from Skills for Care, sponsor of the Guardian Social Care Network, report that employers are failing to ensure their staff's …

  • Strategy + Execution = Success

    ...Are Strategy and Execution Interdependent? Thinking we can separate strategy from execution is one of the biggest myths of execution. Strategy is about choices - how a company creates and sustains value. A failure to execute often starts with a failure to make those tough choices and even more so failing to communicate them. Rebecca Homkes, London Business School The Double Diamond Process Map (British Design Council), highlights this …

  • Apprenticeships Update from the Government

    Government announcement outlining further support for young and disadvantaged Earlier in 2016 the Government announced radical changes to the UK Apprenticeship scheme in order to increase not just the number of apprentices in the UK (as per their pledge to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020) but also the quality of the courses. This is all in a vision to build a country of skilled individuals pursuing long term careers, regardless of …

  • A Walk Down Memory Lane

    ...meeting and training facilities at Park Lodge in Horsham Park Lodge has hosted so many training courses, meetings, events and workshops over the years, it's impossible to count them. Our Managing Director, Mike Dennis, was reminiscing with us just the other day, talking of professionals flying in from all over the world to attend desktop and IBM Mainframe events. He spoke of the different cultures and nationalities gathering in our canteen …

  • Building a Superteam Bite-Size Workshop

    On Friday 9 September, WDR hosted a bite-size learning 'Building a Superteam' workshop at our purpose built training centre in Horsham. As part of WDR's campaign to connect with our local business community, in attendance were key members of West Sussex based businesses. Facilitated by Christina Dennis, Director, the session began with an introduction to Patrick Lencioni's model 'The Five Dysfunctions of a team'. The group quickly got to know …

  • Our Club visit

    Yesterday I was invited by my colleagues to observe part of an 'Our Club' programme. I had a high level awareness that it was a 2 week facilitated programme to support the employment of a group of 15-20 individuals actively seeking work. However, as I trained in to London and then walked in the rain to the venue at QPR football station...little did I know what was REALLY waiting for me. On arrival, I walked in to a room of 15 individuals …

  • Implement a High Quality Learning Management System

    In today's fast-changing world there is increasing pressureto manage and evidence compliance training and people development. It is essential we give employees control of their learning, enabling them to be proactive and align their development with their organisation's immediate and long-term needs. This supports the creation of a high-performance culture and annual reviews to enable continued professional development. Failure to meet …