Welcome! This is the very first of our Developing Nation blogs! How exciting! I’m already considering that I’ll look back on this in ten years and read it with a cringe-worthy reflection of my waffling.
Well, we’ve had an exceptionally busy 2009 with training and events all over the country and abroad. We dove into our educational training programme ‘Rat-Nav’ which focuses on social inclusion, social responsibility, confidence building, responsibility and employability to school leavers and youngsters in their last year of school who are dis-engaged from the school system and motivates them to achieve. We have run the programme a number of times in Falkirk now across Forth Valley and in Dundee and have taken the massive leap to providing the training in schools instead of national curriculum classes for our participants. We are extremely excited that we have caught the attention of the educational system and are very enthusiastically beginning the next phase of our work with the schools. I wish I could develop my model further and put it in the hands of every single school-kid though! Watch this space!
We also launched our flagship event ‘Here Come The Girls’ in Stirling in February to fantastic press and in aid of Caudwell Children. We had over thirty business’ showcasing their products and services from Molton Brown to ******* with fashion shows, freebies galore and our goodie bags were sponsored by Boots plc. Almost four hundred ladies joined us on the day and picked up amazing bargains and free glasses of champagne while enjoying an afternoon of indulgence.
We also branched out into the corporate training arena winning contracts with Glasgow based construction and manufacturing giants, DM Design, and being approached by the UK’s largest Rail provider to deliver a bespoke equality and diversity training programme to 4400 staff! There’s nothing like being told by their HR team that they’ve never seen anything like your training before, love it and love the energy and enthusiasm you have for your work! I felt as though I had achieved what I went into the meeting to do! Amazing!
We’ve spent a lot of time this past year in London and Dublin in training and we are very much looking forward to our new business strategy to develop ourselves further in our own stomping ground and firmly establish ourselves in Scotland as the premier choice for training here now. 2010 will see our efforts double to raise our company profile here and make sure if people are choosing to train, they choose Developing Nation! Why wouldn’t you?!?