NEW DATES ANNOUNCED – Post update JUNE 2019: Oakridge offers more training opportunities and skills-growth through our partnership with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC), to provide high-quality training courses through its Chamber Train initiative to support its aim to broaden the range of skills service available to Chamber Members and the wider business community.

GMCC partnered with Oakridge because of our excellence as a training provider in developing and facilitating high quality, short, sharp and practical masterclasses, designed to improve the performance of individuals and performance in the workplace. Additionally, GMCC wanted to ensure the professional training courses they provide cover four key business objectives:
1. Increase profile, grow sales.
2. Improve team performance.
3. Improve business processes to get more for less.
4. Compliance: reducing risk.

With this in mind, we’ve designed ongoing high-impact programmes for GMCC members, and those wishing to attend as non-members, which we will be facilitating:


Influencing, Negotiating and Networking Skills  – full day: 16th July and 21st November 2019
Our ability to make a good impression and influence determines our success in every sphere of life. To be effective at work, it is critical that we persuade others to listen to, and respect our views and ideas. These skills form the foundation on which other skills can be built. Negotiating is one of the key elements within the sphere of influencing. 

You will have the opportunity to review your current influencing and negotiating behaviours and adapt them to improve your success at work.

For more information and to book to reserve your place, please follow this link:

Should you require additional information, please contact our Business Support Manager, Natalie Griffiths via email: natalie.griffiths@oakridgecentre.co.uk
or the GMCC direct: professionalservices@gmchamber.co.uk


Should you wish to enquire about past events – please contact: natalie.griffiths@oakridgecentre.co.uk

Networking with Confidence and Purpose – half-day: 7th May 2019 : ENDED
To build your career in the contemporary world of work you need to sharpen your professional image, network effectively and form relationships in which you can have a real impact. This high-energy half day workshop guides you through a series of exercises and insights that will help you build and drive your networking activities to ensure future success. It will give you the confidence to become more assertive, to take decisive action, to build and use your network, and to start having a real impact on work.
For more information and to book to reserve your place please follow this link: https://www.chambertrain.co.uk/course/networking-with-confidence/

Presenting with Confidence – full day: 8th May 2019 : ENDED
The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence when preparing information and presenting it with impact, with a view to engaging those you seek to influence.

You will have the chance to deliver a presentation of your choice, and receive immediate feedback, in a safe, supportive and relaxed environment.
For more information and to book to reserve your place please follow this link: https://www.chambertrain.co.uk/course/presenting-with-confidence/

Project Management – full day: 20th May 2019 : ENDED
This workshop will give guidance on how to manage a successful project, an overview of available methodologies and frameworks and will provide an insight for organisations as to which one will best fit their needs. The workshop is also delivered by an experienced management consultant, who has trained as an assessor to offer bespoke guidance for your business.
For more information and to book to reserve your place please follow this link:


Key Skills for new managers – full day: 10th June 2019 : ENDED
Managers are the most critical resource in any organisation, yet are often ill-prepared for the challenge they face. This action-packed, one-day programme provides a very practical and solid set of foundation skills for the new manager, whilst building both confidence and competence. This programme also provides practical guidance and rehearsal of key management activities around the objective setting, giving feedback and inspiring others, as well as a personal survival kit to build resilience.
For more information and to book to reserve your place please follow this link:


Business Development and Selling Skills – full day: 24th June 2019 : ENDED
This course is aimed primarily at people who are expected to generate business, but who are inexperienced in how to go about this, or who would like to improve their current skill set.

All are likely to have been exposed to a sales or business development situation handled by a more senior manager or director, but they will have had no formal coaching, will probably be lacking in confidence and will not have yet discovered or developed their own personal sales style.

In some companies, individuals will have personal sales targets (sales or contribution expressed by a financial figure) and in some, they may be responsible for business generation from a particular client.

For more information and to book to reserve your place, please follow this link:

Business Strategy and Planning – full day: 10th July : ENDED
A facilitated session that builds on understanding strategic tools, but also allows the group to apply the tools in practice in developing their own strategic plan.

The workshop has been designed to allow you to:

  • Pull together your thoughts and understanding around existing plans for your area of the business
  • Apply one or two simple strategic tools to help open up your thinking about next steps in the plan
  • Provide you with the opportunity of looking ahead to the future and identifying key elements of your business plan
  • Allow you to spend time developing the early stages of your initiative or business plan
  • Provide an opportunity for co-coaching and feedback on the early stages of your plan

For more information and to book to reserve your place, please follow this link:


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