APPLYING FOR COURSES
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE ELD?
If you haven't trained with us before, this is hard to answer. In short, because we are very good at what we do. We deliver on our promises and get consistently high ratings from participants. Our courses are lively and participatory, and we aim to address everyone's needs. One of the evaluation criteria on our courses is whether is was worth coming - and the response is always a resounding 'YES!' What is more telling are the number of participants who say the training was the best they have ever attended.
You can see a selection of participants' comments here.
Reading this section in detail will also give you a good idea of what goes on that keeps people coming back.
WHO CAN ENROLL ON ELD COURSES?
ELD Training Courses are open to development professionals from all sectors, and it really is a case of whether the skills learned are appropriate to your work. Typically, any course will attract a diverse group from sectors such as environment, child rights, public health, etc., and participants can range from project officers up to country representatives. Academics are also encouraged to join.
Please note we do not encourage applications from the private sector, and are particularly reluctant to engage with organizations such as oil companies, tobacco and alcohol, private banks, etc., unless these organizations have a strong commitment to social development and the outcomes of the training will positively impact social programs.
HOW DO I APPLY?
The registration process is simple. However, before registration you may still have some questions, in which case you can call our Manchester office at (44) 161 818 8226 or email us to discuss your training needs. When you have decided which course is right for you:
1. Complete the application form
2. We will reserve your place as reserved and send an invoice to you or your sponsor
3. Once fees are received, your place will be confirmed and you will receive:
Receipt (PDF - hard copy receipt will be sent to your sponsor by mail)
4. Ten days before the training we will send a final confirmation, only after which you should:
Book your air ticket
Book your accommodation
Get your visa
WHAT DO FEES COVER?
Before the Training
After the Training
FEES DO NOT COVER
HOW DO I PAY FOR THE COURSE?
Fees are in United States Dollars, but may also be invoiced / received in GBP or Euro to our UK account. Participants in Nepal may pay to our Nepal account or by A/C Payee check. Fees may also be paid in Thai Baht on request. In rare circumstances, organizations who cannot easily transfer fees to our UK account may be permitted to pay in cash on the first day of the training. Fees can also be paid using most credit cards or via PayPal.
Please ensure when sending by bank transfer that the amount we invoice you is the amount that will be received by us after any transfer charges and deductions (i.e. charges are borne by the sender). When sending by bank transfer, please scan and email us the deposit slip so we can notify you of successful receipt. If you wish to pay via Western Union or Moneygram, please contact us first.
Please remember that sending an application form only reserves your place. Places are not confirmed unless the full training fee has been received.
ARE THERE ANY DISCOUNTS?
The following discounts are available:*
* Discounts are not cumulative and only one discount may apply at any one time
** If you plan to send large numbers of participants to us over the course of any year, please contact us to discuss special partner rates
*** Only applies if you have attended a scheduled Training Course, and does not include participants who have attended Customized Training or participated in Distance Training
WHO PAYS FOR THE COURSE?
Typically, either your organization with pay directly, or your sponsor (i.e. your donor). On the application form there is a section for your sponsor to complete.
I DON'T HAVE AN ORGANIZATION TO PAY MY FEE - WHAT CAN I DO?
There are participants who are self-funding - please talk to us about this. However, please note that due to the very high overheads involved in running these courses, we are not in a position to offer free places or scholarships.
WHAT IF I DECIDE TO CANCEL?
If you haven't paid yet, and your place is just reserved, please let us know as soon as possible so others can take your place. If you have already paid the training fee, our cancellation policy is:
Please note that places on training courses are transferable, so if for some reason you cannot attend the course you registered for, you may send a colleague.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE TRAINING IS POSTPONED?
In the rare event of ELD cancellation or postponement, we will aim to inform you two weeks before the start date. Participants are responsible for ensuring that ELD mails are not blocked by any mail filter. In event of cancellation or postponement by us, ELD’s liability will be limited to reimbursement of the course fee only or a place on a similar training. For this reason we ask you not to purchase air tickets or prepay for accommodation until you receive the final training confirmation from us 10 days before the course starts.
ABOUT THE TRAINING
WHO ARE THE TRAINERS?
Our trainers are highly experienced facilitators with many years' experience in their subject area and a wide understanding of a range of development issues. Whatever sector you are from, they will be able to easily help transpose the ideas presented to your working area.
HOW LARGE ARE THE GROUPS?
Great ideas are seldom heard in a crowd. To ensure maximum participation and opportunities for involvement, we like to keep groups between 8 - 12 people. We find this size is large enough to ensure there is enough sharing of experience horizontally between participants, yet small enough to ensure the trainers can address each individual's learning agenda.
On some occasions groups might be larger, if appropriate: for example, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation does work well with larger numbers. In cases of smaller groups - i.e. if enrollment is low - rather than postpone we would usually inform you in advance and opt for a shorter duration and coached style.
WHO ARE THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS?
Our courses can have up to 12 different nationalities and sectors present, so we can never tell you specifically who you will be working with until registration is finalized. However, a typical course will have a 50:50 gender balance, with roughly one third from UN / UN sponsored projects, another third from International NGOs and the rest from local organizations - so learning from each other is always a big benefit for participants.
WHAT METHODS DO YOU USE?
Our approach is a synthesis of participatory and adult learning techniques. All our courses are based on research into the real challenges faced by development staff and organizations, and we constantly improve based on feedback from participants and sponsors. A few of the things we have learned over the years include:
Our methods are varied, but aim to be as participatory as possible. Methods you will experience include:
At the end of all courses participants are asked to develop an action plan.
WHAT ARE THE COURSE DURATIONS AND TIMINGS?
Course durations vary according to the course objectives, so see the specific training for exact details. As training is about achieving the set learning objectives (and not about filling in the time), timings can vary according to group size, but a typical training will run from 9.00 until around 16.30, to allow enough free time in the evenings to international participants to explore the new area. Specific course times - especially the time the training closes each day - can vary according to group size, progress and energy levels. We do, insist, however, on prompt start times - both for starting the day and after breaks / lunch. This respects the other participants and leads to a more efficient and productive day.
WHAT SORT OF COURSE MATERIALS DO YOU PROVIDE?
Our materials are unique, and are continuously improved. Apart from all the regular stationery and folders, participants receive both PDF and hard copy of all the slides used in the training. Hard copy can be used for taking notes and all the materials, as well as supplementary materials (such as free ELD Toolkits), outputs from group work and photos taken during the training are given to participants on a pen drive for future reference and self-study.
DO YOU SET HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS?
Usually not. However, if the trainer thinks it is appropriate (e.g. a task might not be quite finished but energy levels are low), some light evening task may be set on occasion.
HOW DO YOU MONITOR AND EVALUATE YOUR OWN COURSES?
DO I GET A CERTIFICATE?
On the final day of each course, participants who have attended a minimum of 80% of all sessions receive a Certificate of Achievement.
WHAT SORT OF FOLLOW UP IS THERE?
You can also contact us at any time by email if you have a specific question. (Please note, however, that this does not imply an editing or proofreading service!) In some cases, we also select some participants for more in depth follow-up so we can qualitatively understand how well the skills are being applied and the effectiveness of the change.
While, basically, everything outside the actual training is your responsibility, we are always happy to advise and help you. So, please read the following carefully, but also feel free to contact us at any time.
DO YOU HELP WITH VISAS?
If you are traveling to an ELD training course from overseas you may be required to have a valid visa for both the destination country as well as any countries you transit. ELD does not facilitate visas, but will email confirmation letters for course applicants. The confirmation letter does not guarantee a visa automatically, so you will still need to meet the destination country's standard requirements for entry. For most countries the simplest visa to apply for is a tourist visa.
WHERE IS THE TRAINING HELD?
ELD Training Courses are held at high-quality hotels in central locations, such as the Nairobi Hilton or the Bangkok Grand President. Typically these hotels provide the best atmosphere to relax and enjoy the training, while their location means it is easy to make the most of free time for leisure.
WHERE SHOULD I STAY?
Courses are non-residential, so arranging your accommodation is your own responsibility. However, we will be happy to assist in finding the right place for you, and the welcome pack you receive four weeks before the course starts will include various suggestions for accommodation for various budgets. Ideally, staying at the training venue is the most convenient, but you can stay anywhere that suits your budget. However, do aim to be within easy reach of the training venue.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE FOR A COURSE?
Participants should arrive at the training venue by 8.00 AM on the first day of any course, and international participants should ensure that they do not have to leave early on the final day to catch flights. We strongly recommend that you arrive one day before so you are rested before the training starts. Do not time your flight to arrive early on the morning of the first day - we have seen too often how delayed flights and tired participants can have a negative impact on others.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
It's enough on all our courses just to bring enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and participate. Those who can may find it useful to bring a laptop, and, for the following courses – Reporting Skills / Proposal Writing – you should make sure your laptop has Administrator permissions so we can install trial versions of Mind Mapping software for you.
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS?
Participants are responsible for their own health insurance if deemed needed, and ELD will not be liable for any injury or loss incurred during ELD training courses. Please let us know if you have any medical conditions that we need to be aware of in case of any emergency. If you have any health issues during the course, please let the lead trainer know immediately.