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.

“Just concluded the final day of #actionlearning #facilitation training @SchSocEnt with the fabulous Fiona. Highly recommend it #bigthumbsup” Zoe Portlock

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 information).

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.

Dates and times

The course takes place over 6 half days. The next dates for the course are:


Course starting 16th September 2021 -SOLD OUT 

Block 1
16th September 13:30 – 17:00
17th September 9:30 – 13:00

Block 2
23rd September 13:30 – 17:00
24th September 9:30 – 13:00

Block 3
14th October 13:00 – 17:00
15th October 9:00 – 13:00


Course starting 10th November 2021 

Block 1
10th November 13:30 – 17:00
11th September 9:30 – 13:00

Block 2
17th November 13:30 – 17:00
18th November 9:30 – 13:00

Block 3
8th December 13:00 – 17:00
9th December 9:30 – 13:00


Please email [email protected] to be contacted once new dates are available.

Location and cost

All our learning will be taking place in live online sessions until further notice.

Joining details will be emailed to you in the run up to the workshop.

For this course plus all course materials you pay:

  • SSE Students / Fellows / Associate Fellows – £699
  • Individuals unattached to an organisation – £799
  • Organisations with a turnover less than £1m – £799
  • Organisations with a turnover of £1m+ – £899

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