Action Learning Facilitator Training

Learn how to empower others to tackle individual and organisational challenges

Action Learning Facilitator Training

The School for Social Entrepreneurs Action Learning Facilitator Training Programme will give you the skills to help bring powerful learning practices and problem-solving approaches to benefit individuals across corporate, public and third sector organisations.

The course will boost your confidence, sharpen your facilitation skills, and equip you to facilitate Action Learning Teams in a wide range of settings. It is practical, experiential and relevant to anyone who wants to add to their portfolio of tools and approaches or wanting to refresh their professional practice.


What is Action Learning?

The basic philosophy underpinning action learning is that the most effective learning takes places when we are faced with a real problem that we are obliged to solve.

Action Learning occurs in a small closed group, called an Action Learning Team.  This group meets regularly to engage in a collaborative learning process through reflecting on real work issues, exploring possible solutions and planning for action. Find out more in this short animation: 

What are the benefits of Action Learning?

The School for Social Entrepreneurs has championed the use of action learning to help social entrepreneurs and their organisations realise their full potential.  We are now creating the opportunity through our Action Learning Facilitator Training Programme to give others the skills, knowledge and experience to adapt action learning to a range of contexts.  In particular, the Action Learning approach can:

  • Enhance team working and collaboration skills
  • Develop problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Create a solution to an organisational challenge which provide immediate benefits
  • Enhance ability to reflect on and learn from individual and collective experiences
  • Develop awareness of how individual behaviours, attitudes and assumptions impact on decision making

Course objectives

The SSE Action Learning Facilitator Training Programme will help participants:

  • Learn the principles and conventions of the Action Learning model
  • Apply the Action Learning model, underpinning theories and be able to teach and apply these to an Action Learning team
  • Know how to establish, run, and close an Action Learning team
  • Practice the role and demonstrate the skills of an effective Action Learning facilitator
  • Apply the theory and skills of Action Learning to real Action Learning teams

The course takes place across three days.  There is the opportunity to take a fourth day at a later date which will lead to Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) enhanced award. (ILM extended programme).

You start with a two-day workshop that will introduce you to:

  • The theory, principles and practices of Action Learning
  • Roles and responsibilities within an Action Learning team
  • Role and skills of an effective facilitator

Followed by a full day for

  • Facilitation practice and feedback
  • Lots of experiences of the power of the Action Learning process
  • Developing specific skills and techniques and your own unique facilitation style

Why attend this training

It will boost your confidence, sharpen you facilitation skills and equip you to facilitate Action Learning Teams in a wide range of settings.  It is practical, experiential and relevant to anyone who wants to add to their portfolio of tools and approaches or wanting to refresh their professional practice.

If you’re looking to become (or to grow as) a facilitator who runs their own action learning teams, you’ve come to the right place!

The course opens up an opportunity to work with the School for Social Entrepreneurs through its social entrepreneur and mentoring programmes.

When is it

The course takes place over three days. The next dates for the course are:

  • 26th May, 27th May, 23rd June 2016 SOLD OUT
  • 12th September, 13th September, 19th October NOW SOLD OUT
  • 18th January, 19th January, 23rd February 2017 SOLD OUT
  • 8th March, 9th March, 30th March 2017 PLACES AVAILABLE
  • 28th June, 29th June, 20th July 2017 PLACES AVAILABLE
  • 4th October, 5th October, 2nd November 2017 PLACES AVAILABLE
  • 1st February, 2nd February, 22nd February 2018 PLACES AVAILABLE

Location and cost

The course takes place from 9:30am – 5:00pm at our offices in The Fire Station, 139 Tooley St, London Bridge:

For this three-day course plus all course materials you pay:

  • SSE Students / Fellows / Associate Fellows £499
  • Other organisations £649

How to book

First, select the date you wish to attend below. You will be asked for your name, email address and telephone number.  Once you have entered these, select your price category and click ‘proceed to payment’.

You will be given the option to pay immediately online with a credit or debit card (make sure you have one to hand!), or you can select ‘pay by invoice’ and our finance team will be in touch with an invoice.

If you have any questions about or issues with the booking process please contact SSE’s Sales and Marketing Manager David McGlashan on 020 7089 9120 or email