Trainers Exchange

Networking, learning and sharing for trainers, L&D professionals, and facilitators of learning

Trainers Exchange is a lively, enjoyable quarterly event where people involved in learning or training get together to learn, share and have fun together.

If you're a trainer, training manager, or are involved in learning and development in some way it's an ideal opportunity to meet like-minded people in the sector, share your ideas and experiences with others, and develop your own skills and knowledge. The meetings are a friendly, supportive space where everyone can get to know each other, learn from each other, work together, and have fun together. A perfect opportunity for you to:

  • Keep abreast of current best practice in training, learning and development

  • Learn and practice new approaches and techniques for enhancing training

  • Share tried and tested tips, techniques and ideas with others

  • Try out new, untested ideas on the group and receive constructive feedback

  • Gain support, feedback and ideas from the group

Our next event is on 15th October and will be our FIRST face-to-face Trainers Exchange for 2 years!!


The day will run from 10am-4pm at Willsbridge Mill near Bristol/Bath and will include the following workshops:

Creating and Delivering Successful Hybrid Training with Nicki Davey from Saltbox
Since the pandemic, hybrid learning has become increasingly popular as a training method. Unlike blended learning (which combines face-to-face learning with a variety of other learning activities that can be completed at different times by different learners), hybrid learning involves delivering real-time, face-to-face training where some learners attend in-person and are physically in the room while others join the classroom remotely from their home or workplace. When used well, hybrid learning can provide a highly inclusive, flexible learning experience, but when done badly can seriously inhibit learning. In this workshop, we’ll explore the benefits, challenges, and drawbacks of hybrid learning, identify top tips on how to make it successful, and consider how you might incorporate a hybrid approach into your own training.


Music As Metaphor with Michelle Falcon 
In this creative, participative workshop, you’ll experience the power of music as a tool for learning.  You’ll discover the neuroscientific findings that show why music is so beneficial to us; explore how music helps us develop our ability to listen, co-operate and create new responses; and identify how using music aids learning and memory through metaphor, anchoring and emotional triggers. Not only will you experience the power of music first hand, but you’ll also consider ways that you can incorporate music into your own training. Expect a lively, hands-on, experiential session - no prior musical experience is necessary!


Leading with Compassion with Sarah King of Loafspark

Care and kindness have become key skills in a leader’s toolkit over the past 18 months as we’ve all fumbled our way through leading and interacting with others in different environments and ways.  But what is compassion in leadership and work?  What does it look like?  What does it achieve?  How does it sit alongside managing performance? And is it still necessary now or can we revert back to how we were pre-pandemic?  These are some of the questions that we will explore in the upcoming workshop along with understanding some of the research around compassion at work and practical ideas. 

I've met a great group of like-minded people, gained new ideas and inspiration and even had the opportunity to trial short training sessions and receive feedback from my peers. Invaluable.”  Rod Webb, Director, Glasstap



"Great value, great energiser, and great fun. It feels like you are having the equivalent of an oil change!" Phil Hawthorne, One Step Ahead Training.

"Trainers' Exchange is a brilliant forum for sharing ideas with other trainers and finding out about topics relevant to the training world, as well as for having fun with like-minded professionals.  I wouldn't miss it!"    Rose Walker, L&D Manager, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Dates for 2021:

Fridays 26th March, 25th June,

15th October, 17th December 2021


Face-to-face events: £85 + vat

Online events:  £55 + vat

Places are limited so book early to be sure of your place.