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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)

 
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G300 - Well House Consultants - Public Courses
  [4751] Final day of training at Well House Manor - Python, Lua, Tcl and C/C++ continue at The Spa, Melksham - (2017-06-30)
  [4739] A year of changes for Lisa and Graham Ellis, and Well House - (2017-05-27)
  [4705] Course dates - from October 2016 to December 2017 - (2016-09-25)
  [4689] Training Course schedule for summer and autumn 2016 - (2016-05-30)
  [4564] Perl, PHP, Python, Lua, Tcl, C++, Ruby - final public courses for 2015 - (2015-10-30)
  [4519] Course Schedule - October 2015 to June 2016 - (2015-09-27)
  [4434] Public training courses - upcoming dates - (2015-02-21)
  [4416] Challenging the IT course business model - (2015-02-05)
  [4408] Additional Python courses added to our schedule - (2015-01-29)
  [4375] Final examples for 2014 - and a look at our 2015 training course options - (2014-12-31)
  [4358] A brilliant finish to 2014 training and business guests, and a look to 2015 - (2014-12-20)
  [4300] Public courses - Autumn 2014 and 2015 - (2014-09-19)
  [4279] Upcoming public courses from Well House Consultants - (2014-05-31)
  [4230] Well House Consultants - course prices for 2014 - (2013-12-26)
  [4197] Python and Tcl courses, November, UK (Melksham) ... just a few places left - (2013-10-23)
  [4172] Public courses - Python, PHP, Perl, Ruby, Lua, Tcl, C and C++ - autumn 2013 and through 2014 - (2013-09-13)
  [4015] Upcoming courses and availabiity - (2013-02-22)
  [3983] Upcoming courses at Well House Manor - Ruby, Python, Perl - (2013-01-19)
  [3964] What is coming up from Well House in 2013 - public Open Source / IT courses. - (2012-12-28)
  [3924] The bedrooms at Well House Manor - (2012-11-16)
  [3911] How well do you know Perl and / or Python? - (2012-11-04)
  [3903] Python Programming class for delegates who have already self-taught the basics - (2012-10-25)
  [3876] October to December 2012 - Public Courses - (2012-09-30)
  [3829] Training courses - rest of 2012, 2013 and January 2014 - (2012-08-06)
  [3823] Know Python or PHP? Want to learn Perl too? - (2012-07-31)
  [3637] April, May and June 2012 - Public Open Source Programming Courses - (2012-03-04)
  [3573] New in Java 7 - and why we are not running public Java 7 courses - (2012-01-08)
  [3559] Well House Consultants - Open Source Programming Courses for 2012 - (2011-12-21)
  [3528] December courses - PHP, Python, Perl - and a weekend Lua course - (2011-11-24)
  [3401] Open Source Training Schedule - learn a programming language - in Autumn 2011 or 2012 - (2011-08-20)
  [3365] Turning bright delegates into bright and knowledgable ones - (2011-07-21)
  [3358] Upcoming Programming courses ... High Summer, 2011 - (2011-07-15)
  [3219] How do I become a Linux System Administrator? - (2011-03-28)
  [3205] Open Source (Public) courses - PHP, Tcl, SQL, Python, C and C++ in Melksham, Wiltshire, UK - (2011-03-18)
  [3160] Extra courses - Advanced PHP, MySQL and Lua - (2011-02-07)
  [3129] Extra courses - C and C++ - (2011-01-12)
  [3078] Royal Wedding. How William and Catherine have changed our schedule - (2010-12-02)
  [3074] Running a course ... what if the tutor isn't well? - (2010-11-29)
  [3071] Well House Price list, January to March 2011 - (2010-11-25)
  [3021] Courses for late 2010 and early 2011 - (2010-10-30)
  [2965] Testimonials - Well House Consultants Open Source courses - (2010-09-21)
  [2942] Open Source Programming - Training Course Schedule - (2010-08-31)
  [2928] Public (scheduled) or private course? Book direct, or through a third party? - (2010-08-19)
  [2927] Announcing 2011 Open Source Training courses - dates and prices - (2010-08-18)
  [2881] Tailoring of courses to meet customers needs - how it works - (2010-07-21)
  [2839] Software versions used - June 2010 - (2010-06-30)
  [2736] Perl Course FAQ - (2010-04-23)
  [2558] Happy new decade - and course and hotel prices for 2010 - (2010-01-01)
  [2341] Koulutus, Open Source tietokone kielillä - (2009-08-09)
  [2340] ldning, Open Source dator språk - (2009-08-09)
  [2339] Opplæring, Open Source datamaskinen språk - (2009-08-09)
  [2338] Uddannelse, Open Source computer sprog - (2009-08-09)
  [2337] Opleiding, Open Source computertalen - (2009-08-09)
  [2336] Formação, Open Source computador línguas - (2009-08-09)
  [2335] Ausbildung, die Open-Source-Sprachen - (2009-08-09)
  [2334] Formazione, Open Source computer lingue - (2009-08-09)
  [2333] Formación, de los lenguajes de código abierto - (2009-08-09)
  [2332] Formation, des langages Open Source - (2009-08-09)
  [2048] Learning to program in PHP, Python, Java or Lua ... - (2009-02-19)
  [1968] Review of 2008 - (2008-12-31)
  [1929] 2009 - Hotel, Meeting, Training Course prices - (2008-12-07)
  [1857] November and December Public Course Schedule - (2008-10-27)
  [1836] Next in the sequence - courses next year (2009) - (2008-10-12)
  [1751] Public Training Course Dates until July 2009 - (2008-08-13)
  [1693] July to December 2008 - Open Source training schedule - (2008-07-01)
  [1615] PHP training courses every month - (2008-04-18)
  [1565] Languages compared - based on developer community size - (2008-03-05)
  [1420] The Learning Perl crew, October 2007 - (2007-11-03)
  [1414] What we teach - expained for the non-technical - (2007-10-28)
  [933] Course Joining package - updated - (2006-11-20)
  [845] Course scheduling and Geekmas - are they traditions yet? - (2006-08-26)
  [646] PHP - London course, Melksham Course, Evening course - (2006-03-14)
  [387] Training course plans for 2006 - (2005-07-23)
  [181] Maximum number of trainees on a course - (2005-01-18)
  [172] Public courses in London - (2005-01-07)

G303 - Well House Consultants - During the course
  [4558] Well House Consultants - Python courses / what's special. - (2015-10-28)
  [4132] Using your own laptop on our courses - now even easier! - (2013-07-05)
  [3771] Fine evening, country walk from Melksham - pictures - (2012-06-21)
  [3588] Learning about how to help people learning - and retaining - (2012-01-21)
  [3233] C / C++ Course Lunch - sitting out at the West End - (2011-04-07)
  [2560] Training comparison to QA Training, Learning Tree, GB Direct. - (2010-01-02)
  [2342] Training Classes in other tongues - (2009-08-10)
  [1816] Holt on holt - (2008-09-29)
  [1466] Effective Java training - the bootcamp approach - (2007-12-09)
  [1459] Interactive training, and advancing techniques further - (2007-12-05)
  [1363] One computer per delegate, or pair programming? - (2007-09-23)
  [1245] Ensuring that our tutor answers YOUR questions - (2007-06-25)
  [670] Architectural Heritage - Devizes - (2006-04-04)
  [640] Training Centre Pictures - (2006-03-09)
  [570] Features and Benefits - (2006-01-20)
  [455] A Stengthening day - (2005-10-04)
  [342] The evening after the course - (2005-06-09)
  [273] Course Picture - (2005-04-09)
  [56] Dress Code - (2004-09-20)

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


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