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Introducing BiteSize from Gatehouse Academy – condensed learning for communicators

Following on from my pre-Christmas post about planning your professional development for 2010, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce BiteSize, a newly launched learning and development programme which is aimed squarely at in-house communication teams, line managers and aspiring leaders.

New from Gatehouse Academy, BiteSize is a unique modular programme comprising a growing number of stand-alone sessions on all aspects of organisational communication.

Responding directly to the changing development needs of in-house communication professionals (not least reduced budgets and more limited scope to travel) it is designed to provide access to the very latest thinking, good practice, case studies and practical advice on a wide range of must-know subjects without the considerable time commitment, inconvenience and high costs usually associated with externally run courses.

Two BiteSize programmes are currently available – the Master Communicator programme is aimed at in-house communication teams, whilst the Engaging Manager programme is geared toward line managers and team leaders. See our website for further information.

Delivered in single stand-alone sessions of just 90 minutes (face-to-face) or 60 minutes (webinar) by an independent and highly experienced practitioner, this is a great way to provide targeted learning to multiple members of your team or wider communication network for a small one-off fee.

In summary, BiteSize delivers the following benefits:

  • Condensed learning – BiteSize covers the fundamentals of each subject in just 90 minutes (face-to-face) or 60 minutes (webinar), providing delegates with maximum returns for a minimal investment of time
  • Delivered to your door – BiteSize sessions are designed to take place on your premises or online at a time and date to suit
  • Team-based learning – BiteSize can be delivered to up to 15 members of your team (face-to-face) or 100 (webinar), helping drive consistencies and build a common foundation of knowledge and skills across your network
  • Pick & mix – you can choose to run just one module as part of a team away day or combine a handful of modules to create an integrated programme delivered on a regular basis over a period of time
  • Low cost – delivered for as little as £100 per person per session (face-to-face), BiteSize represents excellent value for money
  • Created by communicators, for communicators – all our trainers are practicing communicators who have spent considerable time operating in-house
  • Professional endorsement – BiteSize is supported by the UK’s only Chartered body for communicators, the CIPR, and participation qualifies for Continuing Professional Development points for delegates who are CIPR members

BiteSize has been piloted successfully within the UK Government over the last six months and is now being rolled-out to other public and private sector organisations.

If you’d like to discuss how BiteSize can help your team members and managers develop and hone their skills and knowledge don’t hesitate to get in touch – lee.smith@gatehousegroup.co.uk.

Happy New Year!

Lee, Gatehouse