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Richard Fielding – One Stop Stores Ltd

I can move forward in my L&D career with the conviction that I am doing things the right way.

In Short

The Level 3 L&D programme has definitely helped by filling many gaps of knowledge and giving me confidence to deliver the right interventions for my learners. I now know I can move forward in my L&D career with the conviction that I am doing things the right way, as long as I apply all that I have learnt and keep abreast of current trends.

Why did you choose DPG?

I was keen to attend live workshops and DPG is one of few companies that offer them. Having the human touch with a facilitator who supports you via webinars, emails and live workshops is hugely beneficial. Especially as they are so approachable, friendly and supportive. Nothing is too much trouble and you’re being supported by people who are truly specialists in L&D. For future courses, I would choose DPG and recommend anyone to do the same.

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What were your goals of starting the programme?

I’ve been working in L&D for a number of years and I knew I had gaps in knowledge and understanding. I take my role seriously and therefore wanted to ensure I do the right thing for our workforce. So, by gaining a formal and recognised qualification in L&D I can be sure that my skills, knowledge and behaviour are in line with the profession and that I am up to date with current thinking and practice.

I’ve noted recently that many advertised L&D roles stipulate you must have level 3 in L&D so I feel it also secures my future and puts me ahead of the competition. It is a way of formally promoting yourself as a true L&D professional.

How did the programme help and where are you now?

The programme has definitely helped by filling many gaps of knowledge and giving me confidence to deliver the right interventions for my learners. I now know I can move forward in my L&D career with the conviction that I am doing things the right way, as long as I apply all that I have learnt and keep abreast of current trends.

Already, I have seen an improvement in my contribution at work by applying the knowledge gained. For example, evaluation was always my sticking point and I can finally evaluate my training much more effectively and show the return on investment to our leadership team. I’m also sharing my newly gained expertise with my colleagues and helping them to become the best they can be, too.

What you would say to anyone thinking of doing a programme with DPG?

I’m so happy I chose DPG because of the excellent support I’ve received throughout my studies. You get allocated a facilitator and you attend live webinars and live workshops as well as completing online courses, so it’s a real blended approach. There’s also the DPG online community which continues to be an excellent resource where you can get involved in discussions or pose your own questions. It’s great to mingle with like-minded L&D practitioners in a supportive and friendly environment.

Having the human touch with a facilitator who supports you via webinars, emails and live workshops is hugely beneficial. Especially as they are so approachable, friendly and supportive. Nothing is too much trouble and you’re being supported by people who are truly specialists in L&D. For future courses, I would choose DPG and recommend anyone to do the same.