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For 2021 - online Python 3 training - see ((here)).

Our plans were to retire in summer 2020 and see the world, but Coronavirus has lead us into a lot of lockdown programming in Python 3 and PHP 7.
We can now offer tailored online training - small groups, real tutors - works really well for groups of 4 to 14 delegates. Anywhere in the world; course language English.

Please ask about private 'maintenance' training for Python 2, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, etc.
Longer hours and better value courses

Last year, we started at a quarter to ten on the first day of our courses, and ended at about half past four on the last day. And indeed, hours like those are standard for EVERY day at some other establishments. How long lunch takes can be a significant factor too!

This year, we're starting daily at 09:00, and scheduled daily to 17:00. We may finish a little early on the last afternoon if all material has been covered to everyone's satisfaction, and we're dab hands at moving specific topics needed only by one or two trainees to the very end if other need to leave sharply for the airport or station.

But the customer experience extends even further than the extra hour. Our training centre, network, library, equipment is open to residential delegates 24 hours a day - giving good opportunity for another "go" in the evening and a quick revision before breakfast too. And for all delegates, whether or not they're staying, the tutor will be around from well before 8 (as I am this morning) until 6 or later on most days. When you come on a course, you need time to consolidate your learning as well as just attend the lectures.

Of course, we're unusual in that most of our delegates travel a long way to learn here (a niche business, and wherever we were people would have to travel), so we're fortunate to be able to offer this intensified and more effective training.

So how about going a step further? How about evening lectures? No. Or even "hell, no". There's a limit to how much people can take in during a session and during a day, and that would exceed it. We would be on to a diminishing return, exhausted delegates, complaints of a course they couldn't cope with. Better - much better - to make positive use of the time revising, discussing individual applications with other delegates and the tutor, and, yes, a tiny bit of socialising too.

Training limits:

* For a single type of session (e.g. lecture or practical), each session should be limited to ONE HOUR.

* A 15 minute nicotine and caffeine break should be taken every TWO HOURS

* Morning and afternoon sessions should not exceed FOUR HOURS of formal lectures or practicals each.

* The lunch break should not be less than 30 minutes, and should not generally exceed one hour.

There you have it - my formula for getting the most, and most effective, training done of your delegates.

With small class sizes and a course that's tuned as we run to cover the topics in the most effective manner for the group we have, we can achieve in 4 days what would take 5 if we increased our group size and used a prescribed standard presentation. Dear Reader, I wouldn't want to stretch it out to five days - I have plenty else to do, and I'm sure your delegate have too ... and you're paying them for every day they're here and not at their desks, aren't you?
(written 2007-01-15, updated 2009-01-04)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
G310 - Well House Consultants - A better class of course
  [211] Look after your staff and they'll look after you. AOL. - (2005-02-12)
  [215] Open Source becomes mainstream - (2005-02-14)
  [219] Some unusual features - (2005-02-18)
  [224] YOUR application and YOUR data - (2005-02-22)
  [230] Course sizes - beware of marketing statistics - (2005-02-27)
  [292] Elegant languages - Perl, PHP, Python - (2005-04-26)
  [350] Want to be one better - (2005-06-17)
  [371] The training team that's looking out for you - (2005-07-07)
  [394] A year on - should we offer certified PHP courses - (2005-07-28)
  [497] I have a river to cross - (2005-11-16)
  [554] What backup is adequate? - (2006-01-04)
  [559] ''I don't know'' is sometimes a good answer - (2006-01-09)
  [577] Learning to program in Perl or PHP - (2006-01-26)
  [579] Short Linux and Perl courses for small groups - (2006-01-27)
  [646] PHP - London course, Melksham Course, Evening course - (2006-03-14)
  [726] In praise of training course delegates. - (2006-05-20)
  [1453] What makes our courses special? - (2007-12-02)
  [1488] New trainee laptop fleet for our Open Source courses - (2007-12-30)
  [1576] Making PHP and MySQL training relevant to the course delegates - (2008-03-15)
  [1645] Seeing how others do it - PHP training - (2008-05-17)
  [1933] Learning to Program in C - (2008-12-10)
  [2010] How long should a training module be? - (2009-01-27)
  [2049] Why Choose Well House Consultants for your course? - (2009-02-20)
  [2074] Weekday or Weekend PHP, Python and Perl classes? - (2009-03-10)
  [2084] Books and distance learning from Well House Consultants? - (2009-03-15)
  [2109] Why most training fails ... - (2009-03-30)
  [2187] Are we IITT (Institute of IT Training) members? - (2009-05-17)
  [2633] Why do I teach niche skills rather than mainstream? - (2010-02-13)
  [2762] Well House - Mission and Policy summaries - (2010-05-13)
  [3001] How will we present courses over the coming years? - (2010-10-17)
  [3271] The importance of feedback - (2011-04-30)
  [3385] Do university courses teach the right things for life at work later on? - (2011-08-10)
  [3419] Data that we use during our training courses, and other training resources - (2011-09-04)
  [3587] C++ Courses - do I get official certification at the end of my Well House course? - (2012-01-20)
  [4280] Making use of huge data, object orientation, unit testing and frameworks - (2014-06-07)
  [4558] Well House Consultants - Python courses / what's special. - (2015-10-28)
  [4583] Back in the saddle again - excellent open source course from Well House Consultants - (2015-11-26)

G303 - Well House Consultants - During the course
  [56] Dress Code - (2004-09-20)
  [273] Course Picture - (2005-04-09)
  [342] The evening after the course - (2005-06-09)
  [455] A Stengthening day - (2005-10-04)
  [570] Features and Benefits - (2006-01-20)
  [640] Training Centre Pictures - (2006-03-09)
  [670] Architectural Heritage - Devizes - (2006-04-04)
  [1245] Ensuring that our tutor answers YOUR questions - (2007-06-25)
  [1363] One computer per delegate, or pair programming? - (2007-09-23)
  [1420] The Learning Perl crew, October 2007 - (2007-11-03)
  [1459] Interactive training, and advancing techniques further - (2007-12-05)
  [1466] Effective Java training - the bootcamp approach - (2007-12-09)
  [1816] Holt on holt - (2008-09-29)
  [2342] Training Classes in other tongues - (2009-08-10)
  [2560] Training comparison to QA Training, Learning Tree, GB Direct. - (2010-01-02)
  [3233] C / C++ Course Lunch - sitting out at the West End - (2011-04-07)
  [3588] Learning about how to help people learning - and retaining - (2012-01-21)
  [3771] Fine evening, country walk from Melksham - pictures - (2012-06-21)
  [4132] Using your own laptop on our courses - now even easier! - (2013-07-05)

G300 - Well House Consultants - Public Courses
  [172] Public courses in London - (2005-01-07)
  [181] Maximum number of trainees on a course - (2005-01-18)
  [387] Training course plans for 2006 - (2005-07-23)
  [845] Course scheduling and Geekmas - are they traditions yet? - (2006-08-26)
  [933] Course Joining package - updated - (2006-11-20)
  [1414] What we teach - expained for the non-technical - (2007-10-28)
  [1565] Languages compared - based on developer community size - (2008-03-05)
  [1615] PHP training courses every month - (2008-04-18)
  [1693] July to December 2008 - Open Source training schedule - (2008-07-01)
  [1751] Public Training Course Dates until July 2009 - (2008-08-13)
  [1836] Next in the sequence - courses next year (2009) - (2008-10-12)
  [1857] November and December Public Course Schedule - (2008-10-27)
  [1929] 2009 - Hotel, Meeting, Training Course prices - (2008-12-07)
  [1968] Review of 2008 - (2008-12-31)
  [2048] Learning to program in PHP, Python, Java or Lua ... - (2009-02-19)
  [2332] Formation, des langages Open Source - (2009-08-09)
  [2333] Formaci[83][c2]ón, de los lenguajes de c[83][c2]ódigo abierto - (2009-08-09)
  [2334] Formazione, Open Source computer lingue - (2009-08-09)
  [2335] Ausbildung, die Open-Source-Sprachen - (2009-08-09)
  [2336] Forma[83][c2]ç[83][c2]ão, Open Source computador l[83][c2]ínguas - (2009-08-09)
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  [2340] ldning, Open Source dator spr[83][c2]åk - (2009-08-09)
  [2341] Koulutus, Open Source tietokone kielill[83][c2]ä - (2009-08-09)
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  [2736] Perl Course FAQ - (2010-04-23)
  [2839] Software versions used - June 2010 - (2010-06-30)
  [2881] Tailoring of courses to meet customers needs - how it works - (2010-07-21)
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  [2928] Public (scheduled) or private course? Book direct, or through a third party? - (2010-08-19)
  [2942] Open Source Programming - Training Course Schedule - (2010-08-31)
  [2965] Testimonials - Well House Consultants Open Source courses - (2010-09-21)
  [3021] Courses for late 2010 and early 2011 - (2010-10-30)
  [3071] Well House Price list, January to March 2011 - (2010-11-25)
  [3074] Running a course ... what if the tutor isn't well? - (2010-11-29)
  [3078] Royal Wedding. How William and Catherine have changed our schedule - (2010-12-02)
  [3129] Extra courses - C and C++ - (2011-01-12)
  [3160] Extra courses - Advanced PHP, MySQL and Lua - (2011-02-07)
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  [3401] Open Source Training Schedule - learn a programming language - in Autumn 2011 or 2012 - (2011-08-20)
  [3528] December courses - PHP, Python, Perl - and a weekend Lua course - (2011-11-24)
  [3559] Well House Consultants - Open Source Programming Courses for 2012 - (2011-12-21)
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  [3637] April, May and June 2012 - Public Open Source Programming Courses - (2012-03-04)
  [3823] Know Python or PHP? Want to learn Perl too? - (2012-07-31)
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  [3876] October to December 2012 - Public Courses - (2012-09-30)
  [3903] Python Programming class for delegates who have already self-taught the basics - (2012-10-25)
  [3911] How well do you know Perl and / or Python? - (2012-11-04)
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  [4015] Upcoming courses and availabiity - (2013-02-22)
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  [4375] Final examples for 2014 - and a look at our 2015 training course options - (2014-12-31)
  [4408] Additional Python courses added to our schedule - (2015-01-29)
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  [4769] Python, Tcl, Lua and other Open Source programming courses for 2018 - (2017-12-31)


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