Just About Managing: An Essential Course for Managers and Leads 

Rob's skilled and positive facilitation of his unique programme of group work combined with individual coaching was a great success.  It helped the managers develop new skills, increase their confidence and most importantly begin to implement leadership actions and improve performance across the organisation. I would have no hesitation in recommending Rob's training and coaching skills to help a similar organisation. (Age UK Birmingham commissioned Rob Legge, via BVSC, to provide a management development programme for twelve managers in the organisation over a three month period.)
Alison Schofield, CEO Age UK Birmingham

Rob’s Just About Managing course really does enable you to make the most of your own abilities. It’s amazing quite how a different skilled perspective can allow you to refresh what you find you already know (even that which you may not have realised you knew) and transform your skill base into a more management-focused form. The one to one mentoring/coaching sessions are also invaluable to put a personal experience spin on the revelations from the group course sessions.
Sven Harvey, Age UK Birmingham

I have really had an insight into how I manage myself and my team.  Rob has encouraged me to become more confident in my role.
The training has been the most inspiring I have attended.
Gemma Hollyoake  (Senior Services Manager)

A very informative course with great knowledge and well delivered.  It makes for a great turning point as a manager to help me improve my own performance and my staff.
Nicola Richards (Centre Manager)

Great sessions, relaxed, enjoyable and informative.  Tools and techniques are useful going forward.
Syeda (Programme Manager)

I have found Rob’s Just about Managing programme extremely useful in my day to day job as project manager.  He has helped me to understand different techniques that I can use to improve my management skills and has also helped me reflect on how I manage and ways in which I can improve my performance and ultimately be happy in my job and life. If you get the chance to read any books he recommends DO IT!

Excellent training really puts into context some of the practical methods around good management
Joseph Allen BVSC 

Working with Rob has enabled me to reflect on my management style and to see that the issues I am faced with may also be the same issues team are faced with.  I have a number of tools now to improve on my management

Very informative, useful and enjoyable training
Emma Clarke-Allsopp, BVSC

A great express course covering all the fundamentals to good management, both of yourselves and others. I've learnt a lot and there's a lot I'm going to take into work and implement over the next few weeks. Highly recommended

Building A Resilient Team

I confirm that the course was excellent! Very interactive and lots to challenge our thoughts and processes in order to support Staff to become more resilient. The coaching session was equally as valuable because it gave me the opportunity to ask one to one questions and receive ‘real’ suggestions to help change.
Altia Tenyue, CEO, Gilgal Birmingham 

Just want to say I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s course, you have a great personal approach which I liked immensely.
Dean Barnshaw, Head of Services, CVT

Thank you for your training yesterday. I found it informative, inspiring and transformative: I have already made three changes to the way I communicate.
Ginny Cullen MInstF (Cert) Father Hudson's Care

Excellently planned and delivered training course. Learners well engaged through various participative activities. Shared experience and knowledge of other attendees was further enhanced by Rob's insight of leadership and management within third sector organisations
Iram Fardus


Hands-on Leadership

Interesting insight into leadership with useful ideas about leading meetings and developing a growth mindset
Lou Beddoe, Solihull Sustain

It was a very good session responding to individual needs. I found the session on making time to reflect on my own performance as well as the meeting preparation most useful
Nicky Hopkins, SAtA

I found hearing how other members of the training group dealt with difficult conversations useful. The book recommendations and the research on growth mindsets are two issues I will pursue.
Katie Gallagher, SOLO

Excellent training session, a very good atmosphere and tone set by Rob. I found the tips for chairing meeting the very useful.
Simeon Bright, Bosworth Community Centre

Coaching & Mentoring As A Line Manager

This was an incredibly helpful course, which was professionally delivered, fun and informative.
Jane Upson Birmingham Healthwatch

I enjoyed the material and interaction of the session. The trainer was knowledgeable and engaging throughout. I would definitely recommend further training by this facilitator.
Kate Morgan of CVS

Rob is everything a great coach needs to be - organised, process oriented, knowledgeable, experienced and most of all - wants you to succeed. There's no doubt I've improved personally and professionally from Rob's coaching and I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Tom Clarke-Forrest, CEO and Co-founder Sport 4 Life UK

Rob delivered coaching for myself and fellow trustees. His open and honest approach enabled us to positively reflect on our strengths and areas for improvement. He helped us to implement practical changes to our ways of working and as a direct result has meant we have become more focused and strategic in our thinking as a trustee board. I also benefited from one to one coaching with Rob and found this valuable in helping me to look at how I could adapt and personally develop as chairperson. I would highly recommend Rob for his coaching.
Deepika Nyyar, Service Delivery Manager, Citizens Advice


Being The Best You Can Be At Work

We recently invited Rob to the college to deliver this training for a group of our staff. The attendees ranged from people at the start of their careers to experienced leaders who queried if they needed to attend the session at all. I can safely say that everyone came away glad that they had attended the session with a number of ideas; strategies and further areas to research to help them to develop their careers to the next level.

Rob facilitated group work that utilised the knowledge of everyone in the room and bought his own high-level experience in this area, this made the session relevant to the college and meant everyone was fully engaged in a social learning environment. The subjects covered were broad and packed with useful and thought-provoking information; we instantly went and ordered some of the recommended books which are now being lent out among the employees.

We are now looking to roll this training out to the rest of the workforce as we found it so useful. I would highly recommend Rob and this course, I think if everyone in our organisation attended this course we would be a far better workforce.
Lisa Tomlinson, Head of Human Resources, Fircroft College

Rob gently encouraged everyone to take part in his training course, at their own pace.  He listened carefully to participants and was perceptive to their concerns. Following the course I was able to make positive changes to my working practice. During a coaching session, Rob enabled me to rewrite my CV for future job applications, showing me how I could reduce the content and get to the point directly. Very useful advice and guidance. Thanks Rob!
Barbara Hagger

It was a very useful, practical and fun session where we worked together in small groups followed by some one to one coaching at a later date. A book that Rob lent me was one of the most fantastic self development tools that I have ever come across - actually enabling me to put some of what I had learned into practice through inspiring words and practical guidance! Rob's one to one coaching was extremely helpful to recap on what I had taken away/put into practice from the training and the book, and how to address other challenges that I chose to bring up in the one to one session with him - he provided some simple but effective coaching tips! Thank you very much Rob!
​Neerja Jain, Kidney Research

Rob was excellent at delivering the course. I particularly engaged with his ability to break down concepts into individual, comprehensive units, which then built up into the big picture of how to maximise my potential at work. Also, top charisma, and wonderful that he had a laugh with us!"
Jacob Standbridge, BVSC

Useful breakdown of different ways in which one can approach common workplace issues and barriers
Dylan Dunnett, Birmingham LBGT

​Highly recommend this course. Not only because of the content but also the potential to develop. Coaching session was particularly useful as it's tailored to your own development and personal aspirations - makes you accountable for your own growth. Thank you!
Nazia Fazal


Elizabeth Scholes Reviews - HR Training courses

BVSC has worked with Elizabeth Scholes for a number of years.  Elizabeth works with our organisation to provide training services to our staff and other voluntary organisations on various HR matters.  The training has always been excellent, especially with regards to the quality and detail of information. We have always received excellent feedback from delegates. The HR consultancy service provided by Elizabeth is fantastic and has been valuable to us with various pieces of our work.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Elizabeth Scholes as an employment law expert.
Kam Sandhu-Patel

From the first telephone conversation, I knew that my needs were completely understood and I was able to provide our employees with employment contracts within a few days. The quality of the contracts was outstanding and I didn't have to wade through them as the points that were relevant to the business were clearly explained to me in a way which made sense. I have already recommended Elizabeth Scholes Employment Law and HR Services to a friend as the service I received was excellent. Thank you
Paul Davies & Associates

As Consulting CEO of a statutory organisation, when I needed to achieve a 30% reduction in salary costs within 3 months and ensure the organisation didn't miss any performance measures associated with its transformational change programme - I chose Elizabeth Scholes to provide active and expert HR consultancy and HR legal advice at every stage of the process. The situation was highly complex and with strong support and guidance from Elizabeth, we achieved our simultaneous duties to do the best thing for the organisation and for its people, working through simultaneous redundancy, restructuring and recruitment programmes. Professional, expert and calm throughout I would definitely work with Elizabeth again.
Candy Perry, Interim CEO at Healthwatch Birmingham