Discount extended

The discount for purchases of Complete Training made via the Kogan Page website has been extended until the end of 2014.
If you want to purchase a copy with free P&P in the UK and 25% discount (worldwide) simply click here and enter the code COMPTR13 when you get to the check out.


Who is training the older workers?

Did you know that 29% of the UK workforce is over 50? Across the western world, older workers are staying in work longer. Because they are less likely to move jobs and may need to work for significantly longer, it is not uncommon for a 50 year old to face up to two decades of working life with precious little job related training offer.

Good learning and development departments are tackling this issue. To give you some background and inspire some positive action for older employees, I’ve created a four minute infomercial. You can see it by clicking here.


Orators needed

50 years after the momentous speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s speech still acts as a benchmark for those wanting to inspire change in an audience.

Comparisons with current events and what passes for discussion, debate and analysis in 2013 is sobering and deeply concerning.

As those involved in learning, we need to up the game and help people feel impassioned about the changes which they could make. My take on the comparison between the events of 50 years ago and recent news events here


More resources

Who is training the older workers? An article examining the importance of workers traditionally considered to be approaching retirement and the importance of meeting their skills needs too.


Latest Newsletter

To mark the launch of the new, free online module for those interested in implementing the approaches advocated in Complete Training the latest newsletter provides details of how to access the module. There’s also additional information about the 25% discount and free P&P offer from the publisher of Complete Training, Kogan Page.

Click here to see the latest edition and subscribe to future copies.


Online module launched

To help people who might be interested in implementing the ideas contained in Complete Training, I’ve created a short online module which reinforces the main points from the Manifesto.

You can access the module here.

I’d love to know what you think about it.



Guiding Principles – a mini online module

As support for teams and individuals wishing to implement the ideas contained in Complete Training: from recruitment to retirement I’ve created the first of a series of resources which are free to use.

The first is an online learning module – around 30 minutes in duration – which you can find here.

Please do let me know what you think of it and what other resources you might find useful.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Complete Training in the shops

Complete Training from recruitment to retirement was published by Kogan Page worldwide on May 3rd. It”s available in paperback or e-book from all good retailers and some which are frankly average.

If you want to purchase a copy with free P&P in the UK and 25% discount (worldwide) simply click here and enter the code COMPTR13 when you get to the check out.

The hope is that the book becomes a guide for those involved in learning and development to re-focus their practice, adopting the joined up, evidence based approach which I advocate.  In order to help you do this, this site also includes a whole range of other resources around the Complete Training philosophy.

In the ‘About the book’ section you can find the quotes I use in the book from people with much bigger brains than mine.  I’ve also extracted a few pithey one-liners from the book in the ‘quotes form the book’ page.  Feel free to use these in support of essays you may write, presentations you may give or reports you need to circulate.  All I ask is that you say where you got them from.

Over the coming weeks I’m going to be putting other resources up here – including PPT slides; mini-online modules, workshop exercises and formats for pre- and post-workshop learning.  These are also free to use so long as you say where you got them from.

If you agree with anything you read in the book, disagree (violently or not), or just want to chat about the ideas contained in there and the experiences which have formed them – then use the contact form to get in touch.  I look forward to having a conversation with you.



The Complete Training community pages exist to support knowledge and opinion sharing.  As well as publishing a quarterly newsletter, I’ll also be making available some resources for trainers to use –both to apply the lessons from the book but also to share the information within the book.  Please feel free to download and use these, but also please ensure that you provide a clear and full attribution – i.e. please, tell people where you got them from!

This is also the space where my blog will be published – including links to my articles published elsewhere and those written by others in the training world who share some or all of the philosophy of the Complete Training approach.  If you find anything I should be looking at, please let me know here.

This is also the space I shall be publishing drafts of the follow up to Complete Training – The Complete Trainer. I’m going to publish draft chapters or excerpts here for comment and discussion and input.  If you’d like to contribute to this work in progress, please get involved via the comments box.

So – get involved! Please comment, sign up for the newsletter, use the downloads and feel free to use the tweet buttons to alert everyone and their mother to what’s going on here.

I look forward to the conversation.