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Inspirational or a waste of precious slacking-off time? I once went on a buzzword bingo-laden training course which ended up with my being held at gunpoint in public. Could have gone better, to be honest. Tell us your tales from either side of the lectern

(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 15:01)
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There's a training company called David Begg who are very well known in the Pharmaceutical industry.
Their courses are a little pricey but very good. Ten years ago, when I started working for my current company, I was asked about what training I wanted/needed.

I'd heard a lot about these David Begg courses and how highly rated they were. Everyone except me seemed to have been on one. So I replied, "I wouldn't mind doing a David Begg course, I'm feeling a bit left out."

My boss and the training department obviously took this to heart as I got sent on 6 of the things over the next year, at costs ranging between £2500 to £6000.

One in particular, at a cost of £4500 was very good indeed, perfectly targeted at what I was doing, full of useful information, course notes which I still occasionally refer to 9 years later and so on. Well worth every penny IMHO.

Sending me on it a second time was an accident. The training department didn't realise that the course got revised for the new year and renamed slightly but was 80% the same. Which was Okay - it was a good refresher, some newer material, different perspectives and more experience meant I had better questions and still got value from it.

Sending me on it a third time was definitely a little over the top though. They'd hired them to come and do the training in-house, as it was so good. At the last moment, one of the managers had to drop out. I was offered the spare place.

"I've already done it twice. Give the place to someone else."

"There's nobody else available to do it at this short notice and we don't want to waste the place on the course as we've already paid for it."

I just hope my company have got their £13,000 worth out of me in the years since then. And if anyone wants a spare set of course notes...
(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 16:58, 2 replies)
Did something similar.
I did a 3 year diploma course, run by a trade association in my area of work. It was a really good course, learnt a lot. Was split into 6 modules.

As I was getting to the end of the diploma, they also sent out info about an 'advanced' training course, to be run over 3 days. I booked that, paid the £1,000 cost, and when I got there found it was word for word the same thing as the last module of the diploma I was just finishing.
(, Thu 15 Mar 2012, 17:20, closed)
Course notes?
(, Mon 19 Mar 2012, 14:25, closed)

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