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Our courses

Whenever you book a course with TOK we will make sure we match the right speaker with your audience. To book a course, create your own bespoke experience, or for more information just call 01383 621648 or email happy@treeof.com

Education

Who Needs a Cape?

Scotland P6, England Year 5

This fun and highly interactive workshop takes on a super hero slant to help pupils realise that they all have the skills and abilities to be super! By putting pupils to the test on a range of key super hero skills, they can begin to build their own ‘superhero’ profile. This helps them to see what sort of hero they naturally are, and helps them to identify any areas they need to work on. With a focus on the importance of determination and effort, this course leaves pupils feeling empowered as they realise you don't need a cape to be a super hero.

Numbers

35 participants per session

Course duration

1 Hour and 30 Minutes. 3 sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Are We Nearly There Yet?

Scotland P6/7, England Year 6/7

ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? eases the transition for pupils between primary and secondary school. It is a fun and engaging look at the way we learn and how we view ourselves as learners. This course focuses on recognising potential in ourselves and the importance of a positive mindset in fulfilling it. They will also look at the effect our frame of mind has on learning and establish what a positive mindset entails. Pupils will be challenged through fun, engaging activities that tackle issues that worry them about transition. Pupils are left feeling inspired, motivated, and excited about the journey that is just beginning.

Numbers

35 participants per session

Course duration

1 Hour and 30 Minutes. 3 sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Enterprise, Employability and Manufacturing Challenge

Scotland P7, England Year 7

THE ENTERPRISE, EMPLOYABILITY AND MANUFACTURING CHALLENGE has been designed to enhance learners understanding of the manufacturing industry through a range of enterprising activities. The key outcomes of this workshop sit within the enterprise and employability outcomes from BTC 4, giving learners the opportunity to experience and develop their knowledge and understanding of skills for life, learning and work such as: taking initiative, self-awareness and open mindset, openness, negotiation, evaluating risk and being creative and flexible.

In addition, this workshop is designed to give learners the opportunity to explore the outcomes and experiences of Curriculum for Excellence.

Numbers

4-6 teams (7 per team)

Course duration

4.5 hours

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Successville

Scotland S1, England Year 8

SUCCESSVILLE is a fun, educational experience. This course focuses on recognising and celebrating both individual and team achievements, and highlights the importance of good working relationships and effective team work. Pupils will learn just how effective their contribution is in their school and the impact it has on their community. This course will give them a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction helping them to build resilience and confidence whilst leaving them feeling motivated to learn.

Numbers

35 participants per session

Course duration

1 hours and 30 minutes. 3 sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Gladiator's Ready

Scotland S1, England Year 8

GLADIATOR'S READY is a high action, exciting, skills related course that introduces students in an unconventional manner to the world of work. Focusing primarily around the identification of sometimes elusive ‘transferable skills’, students will learn how to identify personal qualities in themselves and others, whilst developing a deeper understanding of the situation or pursuits within which they can develop and demonstrate skills that are highly applicable within employment.

Numbers

30 participants per session

Course duration

1 hours and 30 minutes. 3 sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand, flipchart paper and 12 tables

Planet of the Chimps

Scotland S2, England Year 9

This fun and engaging course takes pupils though the crux of Dr. Steve Peters’ Chimp Paradox model with the aim of improving the emotional intelligence of S2 pupils.  Emotional intelligence is a key factor in decision making and ultimately how happy and successful we are as people in our lives.  We continually make short term choices to the long term detriment of ourselves; ‘Planet of the Chimps’ identifies and challenges this way of thinking, enabling pupils to feel in control of their choices and make better decisions at key points in their lives! 

Numbers

35 participants per session

Course duration

1 hours and 30 minutes. 3 sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Mindset and Match

Scotland S3, England Year 10

MINDSET AND MATCH is a fun and inspiring experience designed to help pupils explore their own mindsets and attitudes and how these can vary when faced with new and different challenges. This course looks past the immediate pressures of exams and turns attention to the future focusing on the importance of a growth mindset. This is an exciting opportunity to embrace new perceptions and achieve success through the right choices.

Numbers

35 participants per session

Course duration

1 hours and 30 minutes. 3 sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Laugh in the Face of Exams - Life Skills Focus

Scotland S4, England Year 11

LAUGH IN THE FACE OF EXAMS is a fun, motivational experience packed full of inspirational tips for students helping them to cope with exam pressures. The learners will be led on an entertaining journey of exploration into the human mind and their own life changing capabilities. It is designed to inspire self-belief, to evoke positive and productive attitudes, increase aspirations and encourage huge goals in life.

This option is an out and out motivational course focusing on a range of soft skills from relaxation to mindset. Our most popular course option, this leaves students feeling inspired, enlightened and focused.

Numbers

50 participants per session

Course duration

2 hours and 30 minutes. 2 sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Laugh in the Face of Exams - Study Skills Focus

Scotland S4, England Year 11

LAUGH IN THE FACE OF EXAMS is a fun, motivational experience packed full of inspirational tips for students helping them to cope with exam pressures. The learners will be led on an entertaining journey of exploration into the human mind and their own life changing capabilities. It is designed to inspire self-belief, to evoke positive and productive attitudes, increase aspirations and encourage huge goals in life.

This option encompasses a range of study skills that students can use in the run up to, and as preparation for their exams. Covering a wide range of learning styles this is sure to leave everyone with new, fun skills and increased motivation to help them during the exam period.

Numbers

50 participants per session

Course duration

2 hours and 30 minutes. 2 sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Walk the TOK

Scotland S4, England Year 11

One of TOK’s most interactive courses, this course has been designed to give students the tools required to be successful in the workplace. From the very start of the course, students will be placed into teams and the importance of attitude, values and responsibility will be made clear throughout the two days. We will also explore the role of emotions within organisations and how the students can manage their own emotions. All of these basic building blocks to success in the workplace will be put to the test through a simple yet engaging manufacturing challenge on the second day. This challenge allows learners to develop their knowledge and understanding further of how to effectively work as part of a wider ‘company’, stick to roles and get to grips with manufacturing processes giving them skills for life, learning and work.

Numbers

25 participants per session

Course duration

2 full days

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Reach for the Power

Scotland S5, England Year 12

REACH FOR THE POWER is an extremely motivating, thought provoking and challenging experience for senior pupils. It is designed to provide a further insight into the science of motivation, mindsets, attitudes, communication and how these factors affect future events. Learners are inspired to consider what is really important to them and to take positive action to achieve this. Powerful messages designed to make a powerful impact, not just on the students, but the whole school.

Numbers

50 participants per session

Course duration

2 hours and 30 minutes. 2 sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Intriguing Futures

Scotland S6, England Year 13

Recognised by SQA as contribution to the wider achievement qualification.

INTRIGUING FUTURES actively motivates students to lead the session in preparation for the leadership they will apply not only in school, but in their own lives as well. I. F. is designed to allow students to embrace and overcome personal challenges towards leadership, unlocking confidence in their abilities thus relishing their responsibilities. This course leaves students feeling empowered, ready to lead themselves into their very own Intriguing Future.

Numbers

50 participants per session

Course duration

2 hours and 30 minutes. 2 sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Prefect Presentations

Prefects

Power, Responsibility, Presentations… All things that prefects will have to cope with in the final year of school. But why are you doing it? Because it looks good on your CV or because you really want to make a difference to your school? This workshop will help prefects realise the types of prefects they want to be by developing an understanding of the qualities and behaviours expected of them whilst simultaneously developing invaluable and transferrable presentation skills.

Numbers

20 participants per session

Course duration

Full day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Putting the Fun Back in the Staffroom

All staff

This interactive workshop is like nothing you’ve experienced before. It takes any preconceived ideas or stigmas associated with motivational training and blows them apart! It uses the vehicle of having fun to motivate, focus and empower you and your staff, boost self-confidence and ultimately produce a happier workplace with greater productivity. Supported by current and relevant science, covering topics such as creativity, motivation, communication and mindset, this program helps delegates to find balance in their personal and professional lives.

Numbers

Unlimited

Course duration

2 hours and 30 minutes. 1 (or 2) sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Let it Go

All staff

Every organisation is full of nonsense and most of it is just that, nonsense. This is not a criticism, it’s just real life. There are many things throughout our working lives that don’t matter and on many occasions they get in the way of what’s really important. So why is it that some people get bogged down in the nonsense but others can rise above it? It’s a fundamental skill, Emotional Intelligence. Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. If we aren’t contributing to the emotional, physical and psychological health and wellbeing of our team then we are unlikely to achieve transformation. Science proves that our emotions are infectious, all we have to do is infect people with our passion. Sometimes we just need to learn how to accept stuff and let it go.

Numbers

Unlimited

Course duration

2 hours and 30 minutes. 1 (or 2) sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Creating High Performing Teams

All staff

Simply put, high performing teams just click. This doesn’t mean that they’re always the best of friends but they are all focused on achieving their collective goal. It’s a dynamic balance, an art that once achieved provides the rocket fuel for people to not just enjoy what they do, but to be world class at it. In this course we draw from researchers who have studied some of the worlds most successful teams such as the New Zealand All Blacks, Pixar and even the SAS. We’ll also discuss the need for a clear ambition, daily focus and high expectations where delegates will get the opportunity to apply this to their own organisation. Running throughout this workshop we also give delegates the opportunity to get the “social glue” flowing through engaging challenges, helping bind teams together.

Numbers

Unlimited

Course duration

2 hours and 30 minutes. 1 (or 2) sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Engage for Excellence

All staff

Having a highly engaged and motivated staff is key to driving forward a successful business. But how do you actually engage staff? Is it really through process and strategy, or is it the outcome of getting everything else right? The possible answers to these questions are explored through fun interactive challenges and applied positive psychology. .

Purpose is at the centre of how and why people engage... Put simply, why do you do what you do? .

Love? Passion? To make a difference? To pay the bills? .

This workshop will draw from and explore a cross section of theories, models and studies that explore, quantify and try to explain how to create a culture of engagement. These will include Martin Seligman’s PERMA Model, Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” and Dan Pinks Drive. These theories cover a number of interrelated concepts discussed and illustrated through a range of interactive challenges designed to give delegates a holistic understanding of engagement.

Numbers

Unlimited

Course duration

2 hours and 30 minutes. 1 (or 2) sessions per day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

In all seriousness my eyes are open, the confidence barrier broken, I believe in myself now. Most motivational 3 hours of my life.

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S4 Pupil, Firrhill High School

Corporate

Conferences - Keynotes and Hosting

Employees old and new, your business and ultimately you!

People love to hear real people talk about real life and we all know that the speaker you choose for your event can make the difference between a good event and a great event. Not one of our speakers has won a medal in the Olympics, not one has climbed a mountain and no one in our company has had to overcome any major adversity in life but they are some of the most natural, gifted and entertaining speakers around.

Our unique team of speakers will take your audience on the most wonderful journey of laughter and learning while engaging, challenging and inspiring them from beginning to end. Drawing from real life experiences our speakers create presentations that everyone can relate to. From warm-up sessions to keynote speeches our ‘Entertaining, Enlightening and Educating’ approach provides a fantastic experience that is memorable and one which delivers sustainable learning outcomes. We are proud of the fact that organisations all over the world use TOK services year after year and continue to offer first class feedback.

“As event organisers, the speakers at TOK are always the first people whom we propose to our clients when designing the programme for a conference or an awards ceremony. Having worked with Gavin and the team for over 4 years now, I have total faith in them that they will always deliver to the clients individual brief, whether that is speaking or hosting an event and they always receive over a 95% satisfaction score in delegate/guest feedback. They do this in a fun way, always putting a smile on peoples faces” David Ward, Director, Connect In Events

“We have used Tree of Knowledge at our employee conferences for the last 2 years and they have proven to be a big hit with our workforce. First and foremost, they have boundless energy and enthusiasm which cannot fail to motivate and inspire and they instil a fun element into the event which has definitely been carried back to our workplace. Thank you so much for helping us on our journey of change.” Laura Gibson, Executive Assistant Castle Precision Engineering

“Alice’s session was a HUGE hit. Everyone who submitted a feedback form (around 145 forms) said that her session was the best part of the day and from start to finish, everyone was hooked. The whole interactive way of presenting was completely different from what had gone on earlier in the day and really just got everyone talking. That and the fact that Alice is completely engaging and funny.” Lesley Hoggan at Scottish Power

World-class conference keynote speakers are very rare. Awful keynote speakers are unfortunately very common and dreaded by conference participants everywhere.

A great keynote speaker can entertain, enlighten and educate. They create a buzz, bring hope and can boost conference morale.

At TOK our speakers grab onto the opportunity to take their audience on an intellectual and emotional journey, propelling them to a new place, position, or outlook. People only take action because of other people, and a keynote speaker has the opportunity to do exactly that. Our speakers know exactly how to make the most of this situation.

You may not remember everything our speakers say but you'll remember exactly how they made you feel.

“Gavin hosted our event and followed our brief to the letter – inspiring, motivating, adaptable and creative. He kept the audience energised and enthused throughout the day and was a joy to work with – top guy!” Karen Clark, Project Manager, Elevator

Numbers

Unlimited

Course duration

15 minute energizers, 45 minute Keynotes, Mini workshops and Hosting

Materials required

None

Fun@Work

Employees old and new, your business and ultimately you!

What our speakers say...

Delivering this workshop is awesome, it's fun and interactive. Delegates get the chance to relax and have a laugh with their colleagues. You also get to see them have a moment, there is a shift, where they suddenly realise what is actually important.

Synopsis...

Fun @ Work is about more than having a jolly with your colleagues. It is also about psychological health and wellbeing. Delegates will be introduced to the theory of Flow and develop an understanding of how their responses to stress, apathy and boredom impact them, their colleagues and the business as a whole.

Delegates will leave feeling empowered to create a positive and creative culture.

Numbers

50 participants per session

Course duration

Half day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Let it Go

Employees old and new, your business and ultimately you!

What our speakers say...

Delegates get to meet their inner chimp during this workshop. It is hilarious finding out all the little things that wind them up, but even more amazing than that is finding out what individuals truly value.

Synopsis...

Our brains are busy places full of stuff. Some of it matters, some of it doesn't. Some of it winds us up, some of it takes up all our mental space. This course helps delegates to identify the important from the unimportant and shows them how to regulate their emotions to help them focus on the important stuff. Emotional intelligence is a fundamental skill for all employees in all businesses. it is what sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack.

If we aren't contributing to the emotional, physical and psychological health and wellbeing of our team, we are unlikely to achieve transformation.

Numbers

50 participants per session

Course duration

Half day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Presentation Masterclass

Employees old and new, your business and ultimately you!

What our speakers say...

By 4pm, the transformation in the delegates from 9am is amazing. You get to watch people come out of their shell and achieve things they never thought they were capable of. It's really informal and relaxed and I think that's why it works so well.

Synopsis...

TOK are fast becoming known for our unique and exciting speakers. Confident presenting is an essential business skill. Whether you’re delivering a client presentation or speaking internally, presentation skills are crucial – yet many people have a real fear of public speaking. You can feel self-conscious, often showing this in your body language or a wavering voice. Let us share our secrets and experience with you. This highly practical presentation skills training will help you develop confidence, give you some great personal tips and show you how to come across clearly and with enthusiasm.

Numbers

8 participants per session

Course duration

Full day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Creating High Performing Teams

Employees old and new, your business and ultimately you!

What our speakers say...

Watching delegates define what makes a High Performing Team and then rate themselves based on their own criteria is eye-opening. Then through a range of seemingly random challenges they get to uncover how good they really are and recognise how awesome they have the potential to be.

Synopsis...

Simply put, high performing teams just click. This doesn’t mean that they’re always the best of friends but they are all focused on achieving their collective goal. It’s a dynamic balance, an art that once achieved provides the rocket fuel for people to not just enjoy what they do, but to be world class at it. In this course we draw from researchers who have studied some of the worlds most successful teams such as the New Zealand All Blacks, Pixar and even the SAS. We’ll also discuss the need for a clear ambition, daily focus and high expectations where delegates will get the opportunity to apply this to their own organisation. Running throughout this workshop we also give delegates the opportunity to get the “social glue” flowing through engaging challenges, helping bind teams together.

Numbers

30 participants per session

Course duration

Half day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Engage for Excellence

Employees old and new, your business and ultimately you!

What our speakers say...

This course really gets beyond the nonsense and under the skin of the business. People quickly start to realise the effort they need to put in to get them where they want to be, and how to take their whole team with them.

Synopsis...

Why do you do what you do? Love? Passion? To make a difference? Pay the bills? Understanding what motivates you and your team is a key to driving forward a successful business. Drawing on the most current Positive Psychology theory we look at the impact of Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment on performance. It poses the question of how we actually engage people. Is it through policy and strategy alone? Or is it the outcome of getting all the other stuff right?

Numbers

30 delegates per session

Course duration

Half Day

Materials required

Flipchart Stand and Flipchart Paper

Communication Breakdown?

Employees old and new, your business and ultimately you!

What our speakers say...

Absolutely everything in business is underpinned by either great communication or poor communication. People need guidance to know where they are headed and how they're expected to get there, without it they tend to just do it their own way. Understanding the basics of communication to help influence behaviour is important, but understanding why we need to get the basics right is crucial.

Synopsis...

Communication. We all know how important it is. When we are delivering good news we all embrace it, but what about the more difficult conversations? The tricky ones, the uncomfortable ones, the downright horrible ones? This interactive workshop has been designed to enhance your communication and behaviour influence skills by starting with the basics. Based on the FBI’s hostage negotiation tactics delegates will be introduced to the importance of active listening, empathy, and rapport building before looking at how these influence and change behaviour. By employing positive coaching approaches such as Appreciative Inquiry and Solution Focused Brief Coaching, delegates will be left feeling empowered with a range of tools to help them deal with even the most challenging of situations.

Numbers

20 participants per session

Course duration

Half day

Materials required

Flipchart stand and flipchart paper

Leadership and Engagement Programs

Managers, Leaders, Aspiring Managers and Leaders - can be adapted to suit lower levels of staff

Leadership and Engagement are difficult concepts to define, yet great leadership and excellent staff engagement are more critical than ever before. Developing inspiring leaders and increasing employee engagement are key to becoming high performing organisations. This requires challenging attitudes and behaviours which characterise and relate to humanity, creating opportunities for people to be left feeling inspired, empowered and ready to flourish! Our bespoke leadership and engagement programs are designed to help you do just that!

What can the programs include?

From motivational workshops for all, to targeted skills development, consultation, positive psychology coaching, facilitation and action learning sets, we will find the perfect combination to meet the needs of your staff!

Why are our programs so awesome?

Designed in collaboration with you, TOK strive to create bespoke programs that perfectly fit the needs of your organisation. Based on a multitude of themes including Motivation, Change Management, Resilience, Leadership, Empowerment, Engagement, Communication and Appreciative Inquiry, we can devise a program to fit the needs of individual clients, for all levels of staff. These programs are highly engaging, thought provoking, sustainable, and practically applicable and unlike any other leadership program you have ever experienced!

Consultation and Facilitation

We work with a wide range of organisations to help facilitate change and engagement strategies. Using a range of tools from the realm of positive psychology coaching and appreciative inquiry, we encourage delegates to explore both positive and negative aspects of events or challenges, focusing on solutions, while maintaining a calm and relaxed atmosphere.

Action Learning Sets

Working with groups of between 5-7 staff, we facilitate action learning sets designed to help staff at all levels tackle live business issues. Action Learning Sets are structured to give everyone “air time” about their individual challenges. During a participant’s “air time” other members of the set attentively listen to the participant presenting the issue and will ask questions to help them better understand and begin to resolve the issue themselves. Set meetings are not about solving a problem for someone else, but helping them resolve the issue themselves through effective questioning, reflection and if appropriate the suggestion of options. These are a great way of building relationships across teams and sharing best practice in a safe and supportive environment.

Positive Psychology Coaching- Alice Beveridge

We are delighted to introduce this fresh and unique approach to professional coaching. In this role Alice, our resident positive psychology coach, listens. This allows her to help the coachee to explore all aspects of any challenges they may be facing. Through the use of appreciative inquiry, Alice allows the coachee to recognise positive aspect and areas of performance and draw on this to help tackle to the areas where performance is in need of development. By employing solution focused brief coaching where appropriate, Alice empowers the coachee to make positive changes in the professional life.

Numbers

Up to 12

Course duration

4 months plus

Materials required

Flipchart and Flipchart Paper

Positive Psychology Coaching - Alice Beveridge

Absolutely Anybody

We are delighted to introduce this fresh and unique approach to professional coaching. In this role Alice, our resident positive psychology coach, listens. This allows her to help the coachee to explore all aspects of any challenges they may be facing. Through the use of appreciative inquiry, Alice allows the coachee to recognise positive aspect and areas of performance and draw on this to help tackle to the areas where performance is in need of development. By employing solution focused brief coaching where appropriate, Alice empowers the coachee to make positive changes in the professional life.

Numbers

1:2:1

Course duration

Variable

Materials required

None

Fully Booked: Presentation Masterclass (Public Shared Day)

Develop your knowledge and understanding of delivering great presentations

Venue: Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh

Date: Tuesday 14th November 2017

TOK are fast becoming known for our unique and exciting speakers. Confident presenting is an essential business skill. Whether you’re delivering a client presentation or speaking internally, presentation skills are crucial – yet many people have a real fear of public speaking. You can feel self-conscious, often showing this in your body language or a wavering voice. Let us share our secrets and experience with you. This highly practical presentation skills training will help you develop confidence, give you some great personal tips and show you how to come across clearly and with enthusiasm.

Please note that this Presentation Masterclass is fully booked. For information on upcoming sessions, please email emma@treeof.com.

Numbers

8 participants per session

Course duration

10am - 4-4.30pm

Materials required

5 minute presentation

The event was a great success and the feedback so far has been very positive. Your presentation was pure enjoyment and engaging but with a strong message around stress, challenge and motivation in the workplace.

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Nick Shields, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service

What did you want to be when you grew up? Doctor? Artist? Rocket Scientist? Unemployed?!

No one goes through their school career wanting to be, or looking forward to the prospect of being unemployed when they leave school.

The office of national statistics put youth unemployment at a massive 68,000. Why is it that unemployment rates amongst young people in the UK are three times higher than the average unemployment figure and double that of the top performing European countries?

“We are simply not preparing or equipping these young people for the world of work. There must be much more focus on providing them with the skills, qualifications and vocational pathways that will lead directly to employment opportunities.”

Wood Commission, 2014

In June 2012 we diversified and launched ourselves into the employability sector by creating brand new courses to be used for pre­recruitment projects across Scotland. The experience of developing new courses and resources for the employability sector, delivering them and seeing the positive outcomes filled everyone with a great sense of achievement and pride. We decided to take ourselves back to the drawing board with the aim to do more... much more!

We are now more ready than ever to help people to find their way to a positive destination! In line with the recommendations of the Wood Commission and with the Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy we have developed a whole range of programmes that help make people more employable, confident and resilient. In addition to 16+ we also enhance career education in schools. We have a complete diet of courses for primary 6 up to senior phase ranging from early skills identification to enterprise, employability and manufacturing skills, CV writing, presentation skills, soft skills and even opportunities to engage with business partners.

2015 Silver COSLA Award Winner!*

*Securing a workforce for the future, in partnership with Fife Council

Check out a few of our most recent programmes below to see what we have been up to!

The School Leavers Programme

Winter and Summer School Leavers

This new and exciting programme is designed to empower school leavers to take responsibility and control of their future and set them on the path to a positive destination in just 10 DAYS! We give participants the opportunity to discover their own personal pathway through our unique blend of motivational workshops and experiential outdoor learning. This model creates a balance for all learners to engage and learn from, producing fantastic and sustainable results.

Outcomes

Key outcomes of this programme:

• An acceptance that we are all responsible for our own success and progress within the world.
• Confidence to venture beyond one’s comfort zone and break down barriers.
• An understanding of why possessing a growth mindset can be crucial to success.
• Increased confidence and self-belief in personal, work and social environments.
• A knowledge and understanding of techniques to deal with stressful situations and promote health and wellbeing.

Results

School Leavers Academy (Winter and Summer Leavers) first ever pilot achieved a 77% success rate. Subsequently, we are currently running the third of three adapted programmes at an authority wide level. Target - 15+ school leavers.

“We have seen a marked change to the level of enthusiasm shown from each pupil to the new found confidence and motivation, which over the 2 weeks course has progressed on to leadership and decision making skills that we have seen develop in each of them over this time”
Lynn Lloyd, Fife Council

Numbers

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Rising Stars

Young people leaving the care system

There are currently over 92,000 children within the UK care system. With this statistic at the forefront of our minds we created a fun and engaging 2 week programme for ‘Looked After’ young people about to leave the care system.

Over the last two years we have run two innovative Rising Stars programmes helping young care leavers gain the skills and confidence required to move onto a positive destination. This is another two week programme covering the topics of Leadership, Initiative, Health and Wellbeing and includes a Lean Manufacturing Challenge that gives the young people an insight into the real life challenges faced in the workplace. Furthermore the young people experience quad biking activities and practical tips around developing a CV and preparing for interview. The grand finale of this programme is the once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in a fire walk, an incredible experience for all those involved.

Outcomes

Key outcomes for Rising Stars:

• A clear understanding of your own strengths and values.
• Provide a toolkit of skills to help gain employment.
• A knowledge and understanding of techniques to deal with stressful situations and promote health and wellbeing.
• An acceptance that we are all responsible for our own success and progress within the world.
• An understanding of why possessing a growth mindset can be crucial to success.

Results

The young people involved engaged well with the programme, year one resulted in 83% of the young people achieving a positive destination and year two achieving a 75% success rate.

“I would like thank you all for all the help and confidence you gave me. I attended a two week course with Tree of Knowledge, with the prospect of a guaranteed interview at the end for an apprenticeship with Fife Council. With your help not only did I pass, but I also got the apprenticeship I wanted, I am now a year into my apprenticeship and I love it! I couldn’t have done it without your help. Thank you.”
Mark Thomson, Rising Star 2013

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Course duration

Materials required

Hand Picked, in Partnership with CR Smith

Apprentices

TOK worked in partnership with CR Smith to deliver a one day motivational workshop as part of a wider employment programme for unemployed 16-24 year olds. This short, sharp, motivational workshop covered such topics as team-working, the competitive nature of the job market and attitudes towards employment through a series of fun and engaging activities.

Outcomes

Key outcomes of Handpicked:

• Challenge attitudes to ensure they are appropriate for the workplace.
• Recognise the competitive nature of the current labour market and the importance of their mindset, attitude and team working ability in securing future employment.
• An understanding of why possessing a growth mindset can be crucial to success.
• Improved team working skills.

Results

The one day session prepared and motivated the young people for the programme.

"We engaged the expertise of the Tree of Knowledge to support us in the delivery of our week-long Hand Picked Academy. The TOK team have the ability to instantly engage young people in activities, bringing them out of their comfort zone and challenging the way they think. I have been very impressed in all our dealings with Dougie and the rest of the TOK team and continue to work with them in the delivery of the Hand Picked Academy."
Pauline Braisby, Project Manager

Numbers

Course duration

Materials required

Tesco Dunfermline

Long Term Unemployed

Tree of Knowledge developed a programme in partnership with Tesco, the Jobcentre and Carnegie College. This programme prepared long term unemployed for a guaranteed interview with Tesco. TOK devised a bespoke training programme that identified the best progression pathway for each candidate; whilst helping them to overcome personal challenges and perceived barriers.

Outcomes

Key outcomes for Tesco:

• Motivated job ready individuals.
• An understanding of the benefits of having a job.
• An understanding of why possessing a growth mindset can be crucial to success.
• Provide a toolkit of skills to help gain employment.

Results

47 out of 50 jobs were offered to the long term unemployed in Tesco Dunfermline.

Numbers

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Tree of Knowledge have consistently provided a very high quality, highly motivational and engaging service for many years now. Their whole approach, from planning to delivery, is of an exceptionally high standard, a difficult task, given the sensitivity of the youth and employability sector. They have created a range of bespoke programmes for Fife Council, ranging from the mainstream 16+/18­24, to our most vulnerable and hard to reach young people. Every time they have taken into consideration our target outcomes and requirements and have always exceeded our expectations!

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Lucinda McAllister, Service Manager Fife, Employer Engagement and Employability

Special requests

Do you need something different for your event? Here at TOK we often receive some rather unique enquiries.

We are renowned for our unique high energy, high-impact delivery style. Our Entertaining, Enlightening and Educating approach provides a fantastic experience that is memorable and one which delivers sustainable learning outcomes. As a bespoke training organisation, our speakers have a wealth of experience in providing engaging and energising seminars for schools, charities, public sector organisations and private sector businesses all over the world.

With extensive expertise in education and psychology combined with skills such as comedy and NLP, our speakers always find the perfect balance between entertainment and scientific theory. We regularly deliver keynote speeches, wake up sessions, mini workshops, facilitation, ice breakers and energisers.

Whether you are looking for fifteen minutes or a full day program, TOK will create and deliver a session ensuring your specific themes and messages are at the core.

Example themes include:

  • Motivation
  • Resilience
  • Creativity
  • Team Building
  • Change Management
  • Leadership
  • Mindsets
  • Stress Management
  • Communication
  • Team Development

We can work with anything from 10 all the way up to 10,000 delegates. No matter how big or small your organisation is, we love a challenge so do not hesitate to get in touch.

Great presentation, very good. Acknowledge your applause and enjoy it – you deserve it!

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Teacher, Cockenzie Primary School

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