There is no such thing as a “Standard” Financial Programme. Three days or half a day – whatever suits you and your organisation
Duration and length
The general principle is that the longer the programme the greater the practical skill development and depth of coverage
Although some programmes are for Three Days or more, this is rare
My most frequently run programmes are for Two Days, which gives a good length of time t build rapport
If you can only devote One Day to a finance programme, there is still much than can be covered
Sometimes a client can only manage to release participants for a Half Day, or even only Mornings and Evenings – all of these can be accommodated
does it fit?
Other programmes fit
How does this Finance Programme link to whatever is/isn’t being done for intended participants? How does it link with other existing or intended development programmes?
Type and style of training
Where, will the Programme be on the spectrum of possible activities:
- Traditional, off-site, classroom based, expert led training solutions with predetermined content, through to
- Workplace related, pre and post programme exercises and projects, distance learning and self study driven, innovative distribution channels, flexible content, participant led, developmental activities
Often businesses find a combination of the two to be the answer, using the former for foundation level training activities and the latter for advanced activities.
I enjoy being involved with a programme that is not afraid to embark an a wide range of activities – from traditional training to innovative consortium based programmes involving key people from your and other businesses at the strategic level.
Pre & post activities
These activities could range from:
- Simple 20 question Pre and Post course quizzes
- Open ended “Go and ask your finance department what 7 things they would like you to do better”, or “What are the 7 key financial performance indicators for your business unit?”
Workplace related projects
As a way of ensuring transfer of learning to the coal face, as well as ensuring relevance of material, using workplace projects is a tried and tested – but resource intensive and a commitment on people’s time – device. How much resource is to be devoted will have to be carefully decided in advance.
Involvement of your finance people
I always try to involve your finance people as much as possible. After all, one objective must be to improve the teamwork of your organisation as a whole. Finance programmes are much too important to be left entirely to outsiders.