Future Innovators is an interative on-line programme that equips researchers with the tools, skills and confidence to help them lead, facilitate and enable innovation. Participants learn how to clearly define problems, create a large volume of possible solutions, select top ideas, reduce risk, test assumptions and present ideas clearly and concisely in order to gain buy-in. The programme offers a blend of group working with peers and individual study to explore key concepts and apply new skills and tools to current situations.
The course was excellent! We learned why we need innovation and how to create a safe space to let our ideas flow. We also learned how to communicate ideas and how to address unknowns. The breakout sessions were excellent and very practical.
I would thoroughly recommend the course to anyone, in any field, who wants to learn how to create and implement new ideas.
It was a really useful experience for me. I’ve gained a huge amount of skills to help further my research. It’s really going to help me to plan out what industry could need in the future.
Explore why innovation is critical to long term success for companies, organisations and individuals. Learn structured innovation syste, the key stages of the innovation process and challenges and opportunities assoicated with each stage. This creates a strong foundation for the rest of the programme.
Learn tools, techniques and principles that increase your ability to generate high quality new ideas. The tools can be applied to create solutions for societal, business or technical challenges or ideas for everyday “innovation”. You’ll have the opportunity to practice your new skills with peers and apply to real challenges.
Participants learn a framework for effectively communicating new ideas. This communication framework helps participants develop “seed ideas” into more complete opportunities. These ideas include the key elements required in order to be reviewed, discussed and evaluated objectively.
Participants learn how to create a quick financial forecast for a new innovation. This framework provides learners with a technique for applying disciplined and structured thinking to the inherent uncertainty associated with innovation. It also helps to focus discovery activity on the most critical issues first, helping to increase speed and reduce risk.
Learn how to accelerate the development of new ideas while reducing risk. Explore key concepts related to customer discovery, prototyping and how best to engage with potential users and stakeholders to gain quality feedback. Following this module you’ll have an increased understanding and confidence about how to make your idea a reality.
Work to apply the tools, frameworks and principles to your situation. This is about identifying opportunities to improve the effectiveness of the innovation system in your organization or identifying actions you can to take to accelerate a specific project or initiative you’re working on, or simply actions you can take to further enhance your innovation skill-set.
It’s one of the best courses I’ve done. If you’re into innovation, which is really important for everyone, it allows you to learn how to take an idea and turn it into a reality.
I really enjoyed the programme. It showed me how to bring innovation to life how to turn an idea into a reality.
I thought the course was very good and useful, the idea generation side of the course was fantastic, I felt this was an area I was already strong in and so surprised by how much I got out of it, I will definitely be using these techniques going forward.
Multimedia content covering key concepts, frameworks and principles. This includes video lessons, recorded interviews with subject matter experts, selected readings and links to externally hosted materials. You have access to this material throughout the programme.
Interactive zoom-based group workshops that give you the opportunity to activate tools and skills with your peers in a supportive environment. We apply a range of tools to support group work and collaboration, including online breakout rooms, virtual whiteboards and digital collaborative spaces.
Each module includes at least 1 application activity. These activities encourage you to apply the principles and tools to your situation. The application actiities are optional for the participants, however they are strongly enouraged as it helps to solidify the learning.
You have access to a range of downloadable resources throughout the programme, including pdf’s of presentation slides, worksheets & templates and a selection of short texts. These materials become a valuable part of your resource & skills toolbox.
Facilitated group discussions with professionals experienced working in the area of innovation. The “Conversations” are live interactive forums with diverse guests who provide context, inspiration and real-world stories. In addition to the valuable insights and experience, “Conversations” offer the opportunity for you to expand your network and build relationships with experienced innovators.
Expect to spend 2.5 – 3 hrs per week to successfully complete the programme. This includes 2 hours of “live” activity per module, with the rest of the time spent on self-study and application activities, which can be completed on your own schedule.
Receive one-to-one coaching immediately relevant to your personal situation. This helps build momentum in relation to a specific innovation project or challenge. Coaching provides an opportunity to gain additional insight, receive individual feedback and progress a specific project. Coaching is a proven approach to drive rich learning and development and can further enhance progression after the programme.
Stimulating innovation challenges where you work in teams to apply your learning to create solutions for real business situations. The challenges require teams to work at speed, allocate tasks and combine multiple strands to create a quality output. The challenges develop innovation skills, increase confidence and build relationships while establishing connections with industry. Objectives are set by companies or social enterprises.
I would highly recommend the programme to everyone who has a bunch of ideas – whether you don’t know where to take it next, or you are very confident and not afraid to take the risks – everyone would find a useful learning element.
Gave me the tools I needed to improve my own research and idea generation, with lots of tools that can be applicable to a wide variety of situations. Through the break out discussion groups we have come up with ideas for the Institute as whole that we’re already starting to implement.
If you want someone to go that extra mile to provide professional training material to suit your requirement I would have no hesitation in recommending them.
We employed Skillfluence to develop a series of training programs tailored towards science graduates. The facilitators were highly professional, easy to work with and they listened and responded to our specific training needs with excellent suggestions and a bespoke program. The workshops delivered our training goals and got excellent participant feedback. We are very happy with Skillfluence and will be using them again in the future.
Alison presented the communication skills and career workshop at the European Congress of Biotechnology as initiated by the Young European Biotech Network. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Alison. Her presentation was well designed and contained many important advises for young scientists. She did a fantastic job in encouraging the attendants to get out of their seats and practice their communication skills during the presentation.
“This is my first time to learn about job interviews and Ph.D experience, especially UK job description which is new for me. Therefore, I learned significant details and technique from this workshop and found out it’s very useful for my future.”