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Alan Birkett
Tel: +44 1424 719 625
Mob: +44 7771 638 212

Kathleen Harrison-Carroll
Tel: +353 (0) 56 4440509
Mob: +353 (0) 85 1514 207


KATALAN programmes are designed to follow the needs of organisational objectives, providing opportunities to experiment with knowledge and understanding, testing theories, skills and behaviours in a practical way within an environment that is conducive to learning.

Developing knowledge and understanding is useless unless we apply and use it in practical and pragmatic situations.

But there is often a fear of applying learning in a 'real' work environment. Our method is to develop knowledge and ideas in parallel with activities designed and used to simulate the potential effects when used in the work place.

Participants are given tasks (indoors and outside) of varying length & style with operational constraints; from these activities typical behaviours are clearly demonstrated. In a safe environment (physically and emotionally), we can explore and confront problems, behaviours and processes they experience at work, testing and applying their learning.

This is vital if participants are to increase their ability to reflect, be more self-aware, continue to learn from experience and improve performance.

Critical to the long-term success of our programmes is ensuring that the knowledge recognised and acquired is applied back in the work environment. Our programmes carefully balance the theory, practical experimentation and reflection through focussed facilitation.

The key aim of any training programme is to promote the development of participants. Through this the sponsoring business or organisation benefits from the new understanding or awareness that enables change and progress to be a positive action, creating an atmosphere of opportunity & developing potential.


'Experiential Learning is referred to as ‘the knowledge and skills acquired through life and work experience and study that are not formally attested through any educational or professional certification’

N Evans, ‘Assessing Experiential Learning: A Project Report'


Porter & McKibbin say

‘...there is growing recognition of the deficiencies of business school graduates with respect to their interpersonal and team skills’ and ‘there is an increased awareness of the usefulness of team interaction in the development of higher-level learning and problem-solving skills’