Planning the overall design of your training


Tony Bray & Tessa Simpson Last Modified  11 August 2016

Once you've established the scope of the training with your project's sponsors and key stakeholders, you'll need to plan the overall design of your training event. It's easy to get overwhelmed and make this process too complicated. This tool will give you practical tips and ideas to help you create a simple overview of what the training will look like as a whole, before you develop each section of your training in detail.

Who is this tool for?

If you're new to training, or still finding your feet, this tool will guide you through the overall planning process.

Before you start

Consider whether there is a specific process in your organisation that needs to be followed to set out the overall design of your training initiative. If there is a set process in place, make sure you follow the steps that have been laid out rather than using the steps below.

If the scoping document or training specification that you produced is sufficiently detailed, you may be able to miss this stage and go straight into designing each session in detail. In order to be able to design each session in detail, you will need to have clarity on the following points:
  • working title for the course (you may revise this later – see tool: An effective title for your training event)
  • business outcomes
  • learning objectives
  • target population (participants)
  • header for each section
  • each section mapped out in a logical sequence
You may wish to read through the following tools to help you see how this particular tool fits within the wider context:
Having completed this tool, you can then move on to Planning each training session in detail.

Tool aims

This tool will help you to:
  • divide the training into different sections
  • develop a logical sequence and running order for each section
  • start thinking about different methods you will use at each stage 
  • plan the approximate timings for each section
  • check your overall design meets the required business outcomes and learning objectives