During the autumn we had the good fortune work with the team at Young Scot delivering report writing training. We worked with Publishing Scotland to design and deliver an inhouse course that would be relevant to staff from across the charity.
As the trade body for publishers in Scotland Publishing Scotland is a hub for skills related to writing, editing, proof-reading and other content focused activities. They offer a strong programme of Open Courses from their central Edinburgh location. We’ve been running Writing for the Web training for them since 2006 along with a Business Writing Skills course that includes a marketing focus.
At Cygnus Extra, we are constantly working to ensure that all our writing skills courses are relevant and inspiring for people who write as part of their everyday working lives. Writing is a core bread-and-butter skill, sometimes overlooked, generally taken for granted, but actually vital to workplace success. Giving a staff team time out to focus on core writing skills such as planning, plain English, tone of voice and of course a little smattering of grammar, makes all the difference.
Young Scot is youthful and forward looking, as you’d hope for an organisation that works for and with young people. Apparently the average age of their employees is around 27. The youthfulness comes through strongly in the written materials that are focused for young people, but delegates agreed that jargon and business speak could easily creep in to the more corporate writing that they do.
The feedback from the three days of training was all extremely positive, with several delegates saying the course exceeded expectations.
Here are a few of the nice things that got said on the feedback forms:
“Very informative – will be able to use this with all aspects of work.”
“Very helpful and practical. Trainer was excellent. Definitely helped me think about planning more and really picking apart what I want to achieve from reports/communication. The training was a helpful balance of teaching and practical activities.”
“Incredibly helpful. The materials are very in depth and needed for the course.”
One of the delegates also commented to me that she hadn’t been expecting the course to help her very much as she was an experienced writer. She thought it would all be things that she already knew. She was delighted with the refresher in an area that’s important to her work and felt that the course was extremely relevant and useful for her, allowing her to develop her skills further.
Other the past few months, the training diary at Cygnus Extra, has been busy, with in-house courses including SQA, Glasgow Prestwick Airport and the legal team at Perth and Kinross Council as well as open courses at Publishing Scotland, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.