PETA's twelfth annual Free Course Taster Event for businesses exceeds expectations


Each year, PETA Training opens the doors to over 120 local business people for a day of free training and inspirational talks at their conference and training centre in Portsmouth.

The 2017 event opened with keynote speaker Paul McGee (pictured, below right) who explained his unique S.U.M.O approach to dealing with change, developing resilience and increasing employee engagement. His inspiring talk was a lesson in building better relationships and thriving in a changing environment. The event was enjoyed by a full house of business representatives from the Solent area.

Workshops throughout the day included; Personal performance, E-safety and cyber security, Data protection and privacy, Apprenticeships, Communication, Recruitment and HR, Customers service, E-learning and many more. Delegates could choose up to 5 sessions to attend during the day and enjoyed breakfast and lunch at the venue.

Businesses including Southern Co-operative, Sunnyside Medical Centre, Cooper Vision, Brittany Ferries, Marwell Wildlife, WightLink, MoneyBarn, Garmin Europe were in attendance.

Dan Kennedy, Group Development Manager of Hendy Group (pictured, left) said: “The talk from Paul McGee was enlightening. Paul has a way of making sense of complex ideas in a way that everyone in the room could relate to. You can apply his lessons on all different levels to both your home and your work life.”

Elliot Seymour, Human Resource Director, Safran Helicopters said: “What an inspirational start to the day. Paul brought together different perspectives on tackling change to make change more comfortable in the workplace.”

Claire Jones, Operations Coordinator at Portsmouth Publishing and Printing said:  “The morning was full of really useful content I can use the workplace to motivate our team.”

Lana Knight, Director of Permabond Engineering Adhesives said: “Motivational morning appropriate for business today.”

PETA Director, Bob Hiskey explains: “Our annual course taster day enables local employers to experience first-hand the quality and range of skills training available at PETA.  It helps to inspire local business people, provides an opportunity to make new connections and more importantly gives everyone the opportunity to see how PETA can contribute to the local skills agenda by helping employers advance their respective businesses through the learning and development of their staff.”

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