Timely and topical, Fresh Steps is the innovative new work and personal development programme for people wanting to review progress and set new goals.
Most of us who have been in work for some years, find ourselves living with the consequences of decisions we may have made many years ago. However, our circumstances may now have changed and our work and personal goals may need to change as well.
Recent economic, demographic, legislative and social changes mean that many people are finding themselves in a job longer than they had expected and wanting to make changes, either in their external circumstances and/or their internal attitudes.
Fresh Steps is an innovative personal and work development programme which enables people to review their professional progress to date, reassess their priorities and direction and to set and achieve new personal and work goals.
Who is it designed for ?
Fresh Steps is for anyone at work who is wants to reassess where they are in their lives and work, review their priorities, explore new possibilities and set new goals.
For employers who understand the trends in demographics, legislation and employment, and who want to access the untapped potential and intellectual capital in their staff.
What does the programme consist of?
Delivered over six weeks, Fresh Steps consists of five simple, yet powerful, ingredients:
• a two-day workshop followed by a one-day workshop
• a wide-ranging information gathering project in between the workshops, specifically tailored to each individual’s requirements
• a comprehensive and stylishly produced folder of course materials
• an especially recorded CD
• peer group support and networking
The programme covers:
- successfully dealing with change
- identifying what you want from work
- reassessing changing values
- inter-generational working
- setting goals
- your health issues
- the importance of exercise and relaxation
- recognising success
- relationships with other people
- clearing whatever is holding you back
- gathering information
- relaunching yourself
- presenting your experience positively
- turning your goals into reality
What can I expect to gain from the programme?
Results from the programme vary from person to person as everyone sets their own aims and objectives. Some people concentrate on moving onwards in their careers, whilst others prefer to focus on their quality of life outside work. Most have their own unique blend of both personal and work objectives.
Participants walk away from Fresh Steps with a new spring in their step, open to new challenges and with a renewed sense of optimism and purpose.
Employers are delighted with participants’ renewed enthusiasm and engagement in their work, coupled with a ‘can do’ attitude to life.
Researched inside 14 diverse UK organisations, Fresh Steps is a breath of fresh air, providing an invigorating perspective on work, outlining simple steps to a fulfilling future and stimulating the support needed to get there. Employers and participants alike are delighted with the extraordinary results from Fresh Steps.
Quickly adopted by colleagues in Australia, with specially researched materials for Australia, Fresh Steps is also available in Ireland, and is delivered through the network of licensed trainers.
• 100% say they have gained support to make changes
• 97.5% say they have identified areas for further development
• 92.5% say they now have specific goals they want to achieve
• 84.5% say they now have renewed motivation and interest in their work
I’d like to say how much I enjoyed doing the Fresh Steps workshops. I found some of the exercises challenging, but in a very positive way – and the workshops generally were very self-affirming and excellent for raising confidence and expectations in personal as well as work areas. I found all of the workshops both stimulating and enjoyable and I know this sentiment was shared by a number of other participants that I spoke to. I hope you continue to deliver and extend this important learning and development opportunity to as many people as possible and feel sure I will continue to benefit from my experience for a long time to come.
Jeff Marsh, Learning and Development Officer, London Borough of Wandsworth
A fantastic course, well presented, life changing and enjoyable.
Eileen Sharpe, Senior Nursery Officer, University of Birmingham
Was a very enjoyable, life learning experience, which has made me realise I’ve a lot more to offer and I’m not over the hill and ready for the scrap heap!
A refreshing change to concentrate on yourself. A chance to be ‘selfish’ in the nicest possible way. To take stock of your life, to feel refreshed and ready to go. A practical guide to ‘me and my future’.
Tracey Finn, Police Constable Management support, Lancashire Constabulary
Fresh Steps has helped me out of a rut. I felt very negative and undervalued as a long term employee. Fresh Steps has made me see I still have a lot to offer.
Gill Charlesworth, Walsall MBC.
I have found the experience very motivating and it has given me the confidence to be able to do other things and go for qualifications to improve my skills.
Lesley Edwards, Walsall MBC
Achieved its objectives and exceeded my expectations. A thoroughly worthwhile exercise. Everybody should do this.
Les Johnson, Technical Resources Manager, Engineering, University of Warwick