Fresh Thinking Graduate Onboarding Programmes

Ensuring your graduates are “desk-ready” after each KPL programme. By “desk-ready” we mean:

  • Able to demonstrate skills in conformance to defined competency levels for business outcomes and objectives
  • Have the ability to deploy these skills productively within your business environment
  • Show confidence in presenting themselves and their ideas to clients and colleagues in your organisation


KPL has pioneered activity-based education through their Activity Based Learning Environment (ABLE) courses. Our graduate training programmes are an enhancement to ABLE. KPL courses are designed to allow students to perform the tasks they are there to learn, in a simulated environment using facilitated workshop activities to reinforce absorption of information and skills transfer. We utilise different pedagogical techniques in the design and delivery of our training courses. Examples include:

  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Cognitive Apprenticeship
  • Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence model
  • Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence Model
  • Silberman’s Active Training
  • Interactive Learning based on workshops and self-created situation analysis
  • Multi-channel communication: audio, visual, kinaesthetic

Our graduate programmes enhance this process.  Working with our customers to develop business specific case studies, tailored to an educational environment allows graduates to undertake the same tasks they would be performing in their real day-to-day working environment. We establish our customers objectives for their graduate hires, building those objectives into the training.

A typical training programme using our methodology would feature a morning session of instructor led training, followed by afternoon session where students break into teams to work collaboratively on a project, and employ the techniques learned in the morning session in a simulation of real-world business specific activities. KPL expect students to use their own resources within the organisation, resources provided by visiting experts from the organisation, as well as resources provided by the KPL instructors, who will move into a support/consultancy role for the afternoon session.

Example Graduate Programme Schedule with Combined Education Streams

At the end of the training period we expect each team to present to the organisation's management representatives. We have found it best to involve students, and engender competition, by offering an award to the best-performing team.

Development Methodology

Using your own defined competencies for your graduates, KPL will design single or multiple training tracks for the morning sessions. We will work from an outline approved by your organisation and functional area experts from the business to build the courseware.

The KPL project team will simultaneously build the case study in cooperation with your organisation’s subject matter experts. The aim is simple: to accurately reflect as much of the organisational working environment as is possible in the given timescale.

Representatives from within your business and KPL will review the finished courseware. Post sign-off, KPL will publish the courseware.


Delivery Design

Each KPL instructor in the delivery team will be expert in a particular track, and will have full knowledge of the material in all tracks. Any team member will be able to answer basic questions and, since the team has worked together on previous programmes, they can refer students to the instructor best placed to give detailed answers to questions.

Each morning session will be taught by an instructor expert in the field. Although there are advantages to having the same person teach all subjects, in practice we would like the students to get used to working with different people, with different presentation styles. In this way we provide the students not only with information, but also with the opportunity to consider whether they themselves might prefer one style over another.

Evaluation Methodology

Student feedback to the individual student is crucial to allow students to excel, so clear evaluation techniques are necessary. KPL uses three ways of evaluating students:

Class exercises designed to explain and help the student internalise the concepts. KPL exercises enable each student to quickly evaluate how much they have learned of the concepts being taught. In classes where a higher competency level is required, individual and team exercises are designed to help with the integration of concepts taught, again providing feedback to the student. Conducting formal design reviews of work done during the team project. Design reviews give effective feedback on students’ understanding, quality of work, and ability to work in a cooperative environment.

A final exam at the end of the course enables students to work with a real-life case study, interfacing with background information, video, audio, and animations to design a solution or solutions using our proprietary software. This also allows us to extract the marks from the exam in a Learning Management System (LMS) friendly format, and provide them to our client.

Contact Us

To see how KPL can build a graduate onboarding programme that delivers 'desk ready' graduates for your business please contact us submitting your details here or alternatively please call.

Tel: +44 (0) 1444 410296

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