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Article Written by John Berry & Sue Berry on 14th March 2018. Revised 14th September 2018. Reading time: 7 minutes

Four fists over jarAround 80% of UK managers are untrained in people-managment. Just think about the improvement in firms if it were the other way. Just think about the improvement in employee job satisfaction, organisational effectiveness, profit and reduced manager stress that such a shift would give! As you read this, you can probably think of managers in your own firm who don’t have the skills and knowledge to effectively manage people. They need to engage with this programme.

Level 7 Training

All managers need to use management science - and not just replicate out-of-context 'best practice' or implement the suggestions of untrained gurus. Levels 5 and 6 teach 'best practice' and 'how to...'. Level 7 teaches you to think and to challenge. Managers need to manage at Level 7. You shouldn't put up with less.

Let TimelessTime train you at NQF/EQF Level 7. We offer a nine-month rolling programme covering three central disciplines - hiring, managing and developing people. The whole programme is at Level 7. It's designed for managers who want the Level 7 knowledge and skills without the onerous assessment that comes from university-based or ILM/CMI courses. It focusses only on managing people - but it covers the whole topic.

And it's provided COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE. Book now!


The programme comprises three topics delivered as six 30-minute webinars and one two hour workshop per topic. You can dip in and out as your time allows. There's no need to attend all webinars or workshops. And the whole course is delivered online - though for those attendees within travelling distance of Haywards Heath, we run a face-to-face workshop alongside the online workshop.

We don't offer a 'listen to again' service for the webinars and workshops. But you can access them again as the programme we offer is a rolling one. Check out the information below for future dates.

What will you learn?

Valid, tangible and immediately applicable information and methods to enable you to excel in managing, developing and hiring your people.

What’s the webinar style?

Six short presentations with an online question and answer session per topic. There are three topics.

What's the workshop style?

A group of like-minded managers sharing the issues, encouraged and enabled by some mini-presentations. Delivered both online and face-to-face, one per topic. There are three topics.


Trimester 3 - Recruiting/hiring people

Webinar 1: A new approach for a new recruitment and selection age - 19th October 2018

  • Review the current approach to recruitment and selection;
  • Identify exactly where and how this old approach is broken;
  • Underpin the new approach, starting with job purpose;
  • Build the new approach as a process from job to jobholder; and
  • Illustrate the elements of the process, setting the scene for other webinars.

By the close, you’ll understand the failings of the present recruitment and selection approach and be able to propose how it might be changed.

Webinar 2: Setting foundations: Designing the right jobs - 26th October 2018

  • Show how to model a firm to capture all the necessary functions to be done;
  • Show how functions can be aggregated to form various different jobs;
  • Teach how to design jobs for maximum motivational effect;
  • Identify the purpose and primary responsibilities and accountabilities in each job; and
  • Begin to determine the characteristics of the people who will excel in those jobs as preparation for Webinar 3.

By the close, you’ll understand how to analyse a firm to reveal the functions needed and how to develop functions into jobs that will motivate jobholders.

Webinar 3: Developing the decision criteria: Specifying the ideal candidate - 2nd November 2018

  • Illustrate how to define people in terms that can be assessed and tested during selection;
  • Describe what’s meant by general mental ability, personality and person-environment fit;
  • Tell how the various characteristics impact on job performance;
  • Show how job descriptions can be analysed to give the necessary competencies and behaviours; and
  • Discuss how managers typically make decisions during selection and how this should be done.

By the close, you’ll understand how to be precise about who’s needed in each job and how to define the person-specification in terms that can be tested for.

Webinar 4: Expanding the search: Finding the best candidates - 9th November 2018

  • Help you understand the mechanisms of search, considering the time candidates are available;
  • Help you decide which search methods to use for each type of job;
  • Explain the process you should use to probe the labour market and set up your search;
  • Discuss what to do when searching (and what not to do); and
  • Set out the plethora of alternative sources of good candidates.

By the close, you’ll realise how inefficient and ineffective search using recruitment consultants is. You’ll learn how to search with greater freedom. In so doing you’ll learn how to reduce recruitment costs and hugely increase the chance of success.

Webinar 5: Designing decision tools: Making sure you select the best - 16th November 2018

  • Emphasise that in deciding at interview and selection, you’re predicting who will excel;
  • Illustrate the various selection tools available and show their ability to predict accurately;
  • Discuss the key tools like general mental ability, personality and other psychometric tests;
  • Show you how to build work sample tests; and
  • Set out how you should go about interviewing to give good predictability.

By the close, you’ll understand how to build an interview and selection process and how to make sound decisions using tools.

Webinar 6: Closing the deal: Making sure the best join - 23rd November 2018

  • Emphasise the crucial interactions between you and your chosen candidate at this final stage;
  • Show you how to close and interview whilst opening the gate for an offer and acceptance;
  • Show you how to build a compelling verbal offer;
  • Set out the documents and detail of those documents to make a written offer; and
  • Illustrate how to use the various steps and documents to close the deal.

By the close, you’ll understand how to 'land' your desired catch.

Workshop - Online/Face-to-Face Workshop: How do I recruit the best? - 7th December 2018

09:45 - Introduction
10:00 - Presentations and round-table discussions
12:00 - Wrap-up discussion
12:15 - End

In this simultaneous online and face-to-face meeting, we’ll review the complete recruitment and selection activity and illustrate an approach that will find the right candidates and use selection methods that optimally predict who will excel once in the job.

By the close, you’ll understand the changes that you might make to your own processes to improve your recruitment and selection quality.

Trimester 1 (Spring 2019) - Managing people

Managing - Webinar 1: Establishing the manager-employee relationship

Managing - Webinar 2: Winning staff commitment and job-engagement

Managing - Webinar 3: Fostering innovation and changing culture

Managing - Webinar 4: Setting reward: practicalities of pay and benefits

Managing - Webinar 5: Motivating and setting objectives to drive performance

Managing - Webinar 6: Summarising - a concise leadership model for managing day-to-day

Managing - Workshop - Face-to-face and on-line

Trimester 2 (Summer 2019) - Developing/growing people

Developing/growing - Webinar 1: Basic concepts of human development and simple ideas of making improvement

Developing/growing - Webinar 2: Making the business case for investment in people

Developing/growing - Webinar 3: Understanding what makes many people ‘developable’ (and others not)

Developing/growing - Webinar 4: Setting out the processes of developoment, talent management and succession

Developing/growing - Webinar 5: Planning and implementing organisational up-skilling

Developing/growing - Webinar 6: Determining the right developmental tool for each person and goal

Developing/growing - Workshop - Face to face & online

The business case for growing your people is persuasive. It’s mostly cheaper than recruiting new staff with new skills and there is the ancillary benefit of heightened commitment from all. This workshop aims to hit all the main points of people-development science. You will be able to identify from this workshop, areas where you are already proficient and others where you need further development and support.

To book

Booking couldn't be easier. Simply go to our events page and book to attend the next webinar. There's no need to start at the beginning. Just pick it up now and roll on through the programme. But you will need to remember to book each webinar, by clicking on the approporate ticket.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is for any manager in any organisation, though the programme is designed for managers of organisations in the United Kingdom. It's for any manager managing teams of any size in the public, private or charity sectors.

Programme history

We're management consultants. We'd been running workshops for clients since 2010 covering pretty much the same content as now offered in this programme. Our marketing was traditional, with web site, email campaigns and networking. But we constantly lamented that the marketing of our consulting services would be a lot easier if managers knew the science behind management. Our sales would progress more fluidly if the client manager understood what we were talking about.

Then one day, following a stint lecturing people-management at the University of Sussex on the MSc course in management, the programme was born. The idea was simple. We'd provide the background free. We'd educate managers. After all, that was what our other marketing vehicles like our web site and email campaigns did. The programme would just concentrate the knowledge. So, our training activities would become our marketing.

Our terms

The programme comprising webinars and workshops is provided COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE. Book now!

We are providing this programme in order to show managers our knowledge and understanding as consultants - it is therefore a form of marketing for us.

Our agreement to provide the programme is with the manager's organisation. In return for delivery of the programme, the manager's organisation agrees to us sending the manager informational emails from time to time on management topics. We will ask the manager to sign up, on the organisation's behalf, to receive those emails before commencing the programme. Those emails contain information on management techniques, skills and knowledge - they are not sales emails. The manager can unsubscribe from the email list at any time.

We reserve the right to refuse to deliver the programme to anyone using a Gmail or other personal or generic email address or anyone who, on investigation, is not a manager in a bona fide organisation. We will also refuse to provide the programme to anyone from an organisation that, on investigation, appears to be in competition with TimelessTime.

Otherwise, our standard terms and conditions of sale will apply and a copy is available on request.

About the presenters

John Berry

John is an alumnus of Loughborough University, the Open University Business School and Birkbeck, University of London, in engineering, management and organisational psychology. He has run technology and engineering companies and led R&D activities in SMEs and multi-nationals over the past 30 years. He has been instrumental in driving corporate and public policy across technology and engineering for firms and governments. In a global career, John has led teams in 32 countries. He is a Chartered Manager and a Chartered Engineer.

Over the past six years John has enabled several hundred SME managers to achieve change by delivering organisational development projects.

Sue Berry

Over the past 30 years Sue has led the human resource function in several firms, heading up and driving organisational improvement and change across chemicals, aerospace, education and charities sectors. She has been instrumental in shaping relationships between people and organisations in pursuit of growth and prosperity for all. Sue is an alumna of Newcastle University, De Montfort University and the Open University in education, human resource management and psychology & economics. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has Qualified Teacher Status.

Over the past six years Sue has supported several hundred SME managers, delivering HR support and change projects.

How do I book?

Booking couldn't be easier. Simply go to our events page and book to attend the next webinar.

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