Spectrain, the short version of Spectrum Training Services, are a niche training and development company specializing in competency based learning. Spectrain also design competency frameworks and competency based assessment centres.

Spectrain offer a range of competency based courses 

We also design competency based learning resources

The Culture Lens

By |2019-02-03T16:34:42+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Culture, spectrain|Tags: , , |

What aspects of a person’s workplace behaviour can be attributed to their culture? Could it be that people of different cultures are essentially similar and their behaviour is influenced by organisational constraints and management action rather than by cultural characteristics?   Culture influences the behaviour of all individuals and groups within an organisation. It has an [...]

Design Crimes in Learning & Development

By |2019-02-01T10:16:34+00:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Learning Design, spectrain, Training and Development|Tags: , , , |

Recently I have been “Optimising” a huge library of learning and development materials for an organisation who wish to transfer traditional teacher-focused learning to a flexible blended approach. The collection of  learning materials has been "designed" by a variety of individuals and consists of a mixture of styles, templates, fonts, this is a mistake the approach [...]

The Story of the Lebanese Tailor

By |2019-02-01T19:20:26+00:00September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Culture, Stories for Trainers, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

A lawyer and a Lebanese tailor are sitting next to each other in an airport lounge. The lawyer is thinking that Lebanese people are so dumb that he could get one over on them, easily. So the lawyer asks if the Lebanese would like to play a fun game. The Lebanese tailor is tired and just [...]

Spectrain News

By |2017-01-05T10:29:10+00:00January 23rd, 2013|Categories: spectrain|Tags: |

Spectrain News: Here at Spectrain we have been busy designing training courses and resources for our customers in-house training teams. In addition to design work we are please to bring you a Spectrain News update: Training Coordinators Event - From Identifying Training Needs, to measuring business benefits of training this training course focuses on the end to [...]

Culture Crimes and Cultural Lip Service

By |2017-01-05T10:29:10+00:00January 21st, 2013|Categories: Culture, Working in the middle east|Tags: , |

History is littered with examples of organisations that have underestimated the strength of cultural conditioning paying superficial lip service to cultural integration and these Culture Crimes have  resulted in failures in strategic alignment, communications and delays in execution of plans which impacts returns on investment. This story describes an example of one organisation in the engineering [...]

Spectrain Awarded The BILD Quality Mark

By |2017-01-05T10:29:11+00:00July 30th, 2012|Categories: spectrain, Training and Development|Tags: , |

Spectrain Awarded The BILD Quality Mark  The Learning Providers Mark of Distinction Spectrain is delighted to announce that its commitment to quality through the provision of training, learning and development products and services, has been recognised by The British Institute for Learning and Development. Spectrain has been awarded The BILD Quality Mark The ‘Learning’ Provider’s Mark [...]

Cultural Barriers to Learning and Knowledge Transfer

By |2019-02-01T10:17:39+00:00June 8th, 2012|Categories: Training and Development, Working in the middle east|Tags: , |

As a designer of learning and development solutions I am concerned with how cultural barriers impact learning and knowledge transfer. This knowledge enables me to recommend and implement successful learning transfer strategies and pre-post learning support initiatives to overcome Cultural Barriers to Learning and Knowledge Transfer Individualistic and Collective Cultures Individualistic cultures or low power distance cultures are characterised [...]

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