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How to run BET Training Sessions

How to run BET training sessions

BET is an instructor-led training program. The Facilitator Notes are made in such a way that professionals with a good background in environment and sustainability are able to deliver the course by themselves, and tailor it to their specific needs.

We suggest two facilitators deliver the course:

  • A specialist with a background in environment and sustainability. This could be a professional from the Sustainable Development, Environment, Health & Safety, or Corporate Social Responsibility Department.
  • An experienced facilitator with background in learning and development. This could be a professional from the Training Department.

As Module 3 is more technical, the use of an environmental economist may help present this module more effectively.

More information on BET can be found in the BET Implementation Guide

BET Facilitation tips

We have listed below a number of tips to help you run a more effective training session. These tips are illustrated by a video, showcasing how KPMG’s Dr Stephanie Hime (lead specialist in Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services) and Stewart McMahon (part of the climate change and sustainability team) conducted one of their training sessions.

We would like to sincerely thank KPMG and all participants in the training for accepting to be featured in these videos.

  1. Before the session - Create a functional learning environment
    A few tips:
    • All the room set-up should be completed and finalized in advance to ensure the smooth running of the course.
    • Participants can be split into different working groups
    • If participants don’t know each other, name tags could be prepared
    • Provide a flipchart for each group and at least one for the facilitators
    • Put additional post-its and pencils on each table
    • Posters for each exercise can be stuck on the walls so that participants can fill them in


       
  2. How to start your training session?
    • First set ground rules

    • Break the ice!
    • Refer to the “ice breaker exercise” that are included at the beginning of each session

       
  3. How to make sure participants stay involved throughout the session?
    • Create a group dynamic – Make the experience fun!
    • For example create a competition between the different groups of participants

       
    • Involve and engage participants
    • Make your presentation as interactive as possible, frequently asking participants some questions about the topic. Please note that the question « any questions » is not an interactive one !  For example, instead of giving all definitions in one go, ask participants to guess definitions of terms and concepts you are going to introduce. The learning will be more active and participants will be more able to remember the concepts.

       
    • Frequently recap learnings
      So as not to lose participants throughout the training course, hold regular recaps (note : some recap slides are already included in all the BET modules)

       
    • Continuously give concrete examples

       
    • Relate the training to participants’ work
      Make participants think about what it means to their business

      At the end of the course, remember to ask participants how they are going to leverage the training (note: please note that “Wrap-Up” sections are already included in the BET modules)

       
  4. And remember…be flexible throughout the training!
    Be prepared to change some of the training sections increasing or decreasing the length of particular sessions depending on the audience’s interest. BET Implementation Guide
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