Assisted Learning Pathways

Our Assisted Learning Pathway is a six-month programme which blends virtual learning with regular tutorials, so you can join from wherever you are. Explore how to implement new approaches in key specialist areas, with modules updated to show the latest trends & development. Build skills in bite-sized steps and in interactive ways, as part of a group alongside others.

Each Assisted Learning Pathway costs £1250 +VAT. Upcoming dates are shown further down this page, click on the description to book your place now.

Assisted Learning Pathway Feedback 

“On both a personal and professional note, the timing of this programme was perfect! It has changed my way of thinking about not just work but also personally to different situations. It has made me more proactive in preparation for meetings/presentations as I am able to apply the techniques I have learned to get the desired results from my audience and to also ask more insightful questions to gain a better understanding of the task/situation. I have applied this to my immediate team but also to my wider stakeholders.” James Waller, Strategic Change Analyst, e.on

Managing Assumptions

Understand the need for everyone to realise the importance of managing your assumptions and how targets can drive behaviour

 - Consider the importance of assumptions in your models
 - Ensure understanding of the impact of variances through the day and between people
 - Build your stakeholder engagement

Accuracy & Confidence

Date TBC

This course is part of the “strategic analyst” series of webinar, designed to help everyone in analytical roles become a more active contributor to their organisation’s strategic narrative. In this webinar we will explore:

- What is strategy
- Benefits of working at the strategic level
- Making sense of your organisational strategy
- Forecasting with you strategy in mind
- Influencing strategy through forecasting

1-Day Telling A Story With Numbers Workshop

Date TBC

This one-day training workshop is the opportunity for you to discuss the benefits and implications of different approaches and learn about the critical factors to consider. Use this course to help you determine what approach to develop in your own operation.

  • Be able to display complex data in a simple way
  • Have techniques for emotional engagement
  • Have a clear engagement strategy

Introduction to MI & Insight

Date TBC

This module provides an introductory understanding of:

- the fundamental inputs and outputs of the MI and Insight processes.

- the role of MI and Insight within the planning cycle 

- the characteristics of best in class MI and Insight teams as evidenced throgh The Forum's standards-benchmarking programme

Measures of Success for MI and Insight

Date TBC

Understand how to create the right measures to track and develop your MI and Insight efforts. Learn how to create the right process, aligned to your strategy and how to take a holistic view when setting measures of success. Learning outcomes include:

- What does good look like? Explore the key characteristics of an ideal real time function and key considerations to develop understanding and learning.

- Define your purpose. Understand how real-time planning can support your business strategy and impact it can have on customers and colleagues.

- Creating the right measures. Understand different perspectives and develop a holistic framework of success measures.

Predictive Analysis, Insight & Forecasting

21st Sep 2022, 10:30 - 12:00

13th Dec 2022, 10:30 - 12:00

Reporting & MI Automation

27th Sep 2022, 9:30 - 11:00

13th Dec 2022, 9:30 - 11:00

Free Webinar - 2020 Vision: Crystallising your knowledge Launch

Hosted on 27th April 2020 by Phil Anderson and Paul Smedley

2020 is The Forum’s 20th year and this year we want to look back on our first 20-years and think ahead for the next 20-years. Our vision, back in 2000, was and remains to raise standards in customer operations helping to set standards across Planning, Insight and Quality. Now, having established communities of best practice we can continue to raise standards and prepare for the future.

This year’s theme refers to the clarity and sharpness of vision required to purposely move forward towards your targets, goals and dreams. Whilst recognising the benefit of our fluid thinking over the past 20-years to crystallise our knowledge of best practice and standards.

 - “Purpose, Learning and Self-Awareness” Keynote from The Forum’s Phil Anderson
 - 2020 Best Practice Guide launch and chapter review
 - 2020 Best Practice Programme – how to get involved

Reporting & MI Automation

15th July 2021, 9:30 - 11:00

14th October 2021, 9:30 - 11:00

9th December 2021, 9:30 - 11:00

Best Practice in Insight, Reporting and Analysis Assisted Learning Pathway

w/c 12th Sept 2022, Virtual Learning

Learn the secrets of great analysis and reporting that drives action, whether working on resourcing, customer, performance, analytics or other types of data.

After this session, you will understand;

 - What good looks like: with examples, trends, top tips and pitfalls to avoid
 - How reports & presentations can drive brilliant learning
 - Methods to improve data structure, accuracy and analysis

Planning & Insight in Field & Branch Operations

w/c 12th Sept 2022, Virtually

Learn how to apply the whole planning cycle, from capacity to scheduling & real-time, with the chance to explore further your role and where it fits in.

After this session, you will understand;

 - The key drivers of performance and how to explain them
 - How to set up effective data, reporting & comms plans
 - Crucial elements of a good plan and their impacts, including shrinkage, models & forecasting


As a member, you are not on your own but part of a community with others facing many similar challenges. We are here to help you to make a tangible impact in your organisation and show how developing the capability of each specialist professional function is fundamental to your business.
Book for one of our events to experience our exceptional community or get in touch to talk about how we can help you and your teams to be fully effective in adding value to your business. Email, call 0333 123 5960 or contact any of The Forum team.

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