TPI has worked with organisations from all sectors to build capacity of their staff to be able to partner effectively. We can offer a range of training courses to suit the needs of a particular organisation or partnership, and work closely with organisations to develop a programme which will be highly effective and applicable to the context in which the participants are working in.
Depending on the needs and wishes of an organisation, TPI can deliver existing training courses such as the 3 day ‘Essential Skills for Effective Partnering’ course, or develop further courses which tailor the content specifically to the organisation being trained. Some examples of courses which can be delivered are:
- Essential Skills for Effective Partnering
- Partners in Action
- Introduction to Partnering / Awareness raising
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Training of Trainers
- Advanced / Specialist skills – on particular stages of the Partnering Cycle or Developing Partnering Strategy
Developing tailored training
All TPI courses can be tailored for the specific needs of an organisation, or new courses can be developed for organisations based on established and tested tools and theory. Typically, a tailored course would be developed in close consultation with an organisation over two stages:
- Scoping and needs assessment
- Workshop design and material development
During the scoping and needs assessment stage, TPI will research and review an organisation’s (and collaborator’s if applicable) current partnering activity, partnering objectives, challenges faced and specific skills needs. This will be conducted in consultation with key personnel through interviews and the analysis of available materials. The findings will enable the project team to design a training course most appropriate to the needs of the participants and the organisation’s partnering objectives.
The findings from this stage will be used in the workshop design and material development to adapt existing and established TPI training materials to the context of the organisation. For sections of the training which use case studies or role plays, material will be developed which either uses current examples of the organisation’s partnerships, or is adapted to ensure direct relevance to the participants work.
Please contact us to discuss tailored training options.
Examples of previous tailored trainings
As mentioned above, TPI has a strong background in developing tailored training courses for organisations and partnerships, and below are just some of the examples of courses which have been delivered. Please contact us if you would like any further information or to discuss developing a course in a new area.
TPI have developed a training programme for BG Group which focuses on building skills and knowledge in cross sector partnering for those at both asset and HQ level. The course also provides an overview of the Extractives Industry as partners in development. To design the course TPI researched and reviewed BG Group’s current partnering activity, partnering objectives, challenges faced and specific skills needs. The training will be delivered in various locations worldwide (2011-12).
TPI delivered its 3 day course ‘Essential Skills for Effective Partnering’ to a group of WWF staff based in Washington DC, USA (2011).
TPI delivered a 3 day Partnership Skills training course to a diverse group of UNICEF staff, to assist them in the implementation of their Strategic Framework for Partnerships and Collaboration (2011). See also TPI’s work with UNICEF on developing partnering strategies.
TPI, with colleagues at IBLF, developed and delivered a two day training course for Nestle Public Affairs staff on Stakeholder Engagement. Topics included The Stakeholder Engagement Toolkit – used to support Nestle’s Creating Shared Value philosophy (2011).
TPI developed an innovative off-line and on-line training programme for Microsoft and State of Washington on public-private partnerships. The focus was on educating those in the school system to successful develop public private partnership as one solution to the educational crisis in the US, with an overall aim to increase the effectiveness of State and National education efforts (2010).
TPI designed and delivered a training course for the Shell social performance team in London and The Hague to embed partnering tools and build regional capacity for partnering. (2011)
SOS Children’s Villages
TPI designed and delivered a training programme for SOS Children’s Villages which focuses on building partnerships for corporate fundraising. The course has been delivered in several of the NGO’s international locations.
‘UNDP in Partnership’ Country Office capacity building workshops (Johannesburg and Dakar 2008)
TPI Developed and delivered two three-day workshops to build the understanding and capacity of UNDP Africa country offices to work more effectively in partnership with other UN agencies, host governments, donors, civil society and the private sector.
Workshop for the Partnership Review Group (New York, 2008)
TPI Co-developed and trained a three-day course to build the understanding of cross-sector partnerships within key UNDP staff and assist UNDP in developing its guidelines for partnering with all sectors.
Aga Khan Development Network
Working with the Aga Khan Foundation’s Civil Society Development Programme funded by DFID, during 2006-2011, TPI assisted the Aga Khan Development Network companies to mainstream Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and design CSR policies. TPI delivered a portfolio of training courses for effective cross sector partnering in Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Over 50 companies and 60 social agencies participated in the workshops.
TPI designed and delivered a Capacity Development Programme in Partnership Management for UNESCO in Rwanda. The focus of the programme was Partnerships for Education, and was designed as a broad programme for partnership inception, management and review. The programme also aimed to:
(i) Enhance the capacities of the Government of Rwanda and key stakeholders in establishing their own effective multi-stakeholder partnerships for education, and
(ii) Contribute to a greater global understanding and coordination of multi-stakeholder partnerships for education initiatives in Rwanda.