BAE Systems Maritime - Submarines asked PPWD to design and provide a leadership, team building and team dynamic awareness week for a mixed group of graduates and individuals on their high potential development schemes. Specifically. PPWD were asked to deliver the training in a challenging environment mixed with adventurous activities. Ww were also to ensure that the learning could be linked to the workplace.
PPWD designed a bespoke programme that utilised austere accommodation in a Scout centre. It combined classroom work with outdoor exercises. Lessons included the Strength Deployment Inventory(SDI), Leadership and Team dynamics as well as Oral Communications. The theoretical biased sessions were seamlessly linked through the outdoors scenario based activities to address both individual concerns and the challenges faced by the delegates in their workplace. Each activity was actively reviewed ensuring and the lessons identified captured in action development logs.
The SDI tool improved delegates self awareness and the practical exercises each gave them the opportunity to lead their peers in scenario-based exercises. These exercises were designed to draw out different learning points on leadership, teamwork and improve self-awareness. PPWD staff facilitated debriefs and peer-peer learning which made the feedback more powerful and the learning sticky. Each delegate left the week with a development log and personal report. These recorded their learning for the week and linked it to their working environments, but more importantly provided them with a route to continued self improvement.
"The group discussions/feedback sessions after each exercise were particularly helpful and really helped me and others to learn more about themselves and gain confidence. I would have loved another week working on everything we've learnt so far."