To the training problems
you don’t know you have.

The problem? The training you’re offering or looking for is listed:

  • by delivery headings – workshops, webinars, field trips – not by topic

  • in alphabetical order in long, unstructured lists of topic headings

  • in chronological order of upcoming dates.

The result? No road map. People can’t readily find training on the topics they want or need.

The solution? You’ve found it here.

Let’s have a strategy session about building a navigable overview of your sector’s training needs.

As a strategic trainer, I work with your expressed wants and needs to develop a road map for your sector or organization where you can see at a glance a holistic overview of the profession and its skills. This makes it much easier for your trainees to pick and choose their technical and professional learning opportunities.

Are you a decision-maker in a big firm, government body, trades or professional association, or an indigenous or social enterprise?

Are you an environmental expert delivering specialized training?

Then here’s what we can chat about:

  • consulting, where I provide you with strategic support that maximises the effectiveness of your environmental experts by:

    • developing training strategies
    • setting up training programmes
  • training, where I provide you with the skills that I’ve developed over many years:

    • training that enhances your strategic and operational training capability – your train.ability
    • a programme that enables you to work with others in the same way I do
  • professional speaking, where I inform and inspire your audiences with grace and humour.



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Here’s what strategic environmental training is.

A holistic overview

Environmental issues are often multi-disciplinary – that’s why it’s so difficult for you as a decision-maker to identify your sector’s training needs and help your target audiences to navigate your training offer.

I will develop for you a strategic training assessment that gives you a synoptic overview of your industry’s disciplines as an integrated whole, usually in the form of a 1-page summary diagram. The supporting detail comes from my working closely with you and your experts. Once you see the whole landscape, you can start mapping training needs within each specialized area and across the silo walls between the sets of specializations.

That map is what helps people work out their own career development pathways and grow into leadership roles in the industry – and in the wider community too.

The value to you, your trainees and your industry or sector as a whole is realised every time someone finds, attends and applies they training that you know – and they know – they need.

A training strategy

How do you work out what you need to do first and how you’ll do it? I will work with you to develop a training strategy that identifies the specific and wider environment and sustainability risks and opportunities your sector or industry faces. With my help, you will develop a risk-based prioritised training strategy that makes the business case for you to:

  • work out what you must do and what you aspire to do in order to meet your business and community outcomes

  • identify and prioritize the different specialist environmental training topics across your industry or sector

  • define the principles and practices that inform your approach to vocational training, your people and your culture

  • set up and deliver the training programmes on the different topics you’ve identified

  • evaluate the effectiveness of your training – up to full financial return on investment (ROI), using methods globally recognized by professional trainers all round the world.

The value? You can be confident that your training investment is intelligently targeted – on the risks and opportunities where your specialized experts can make the most difference.

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One or more training programmes

Once you have your holistic overview and training strategy in place, I will work with you and your environmental and business experts to develop the detailed training programmes identified. A training programme is specifically designed for each specific environment and sustainability topic. It uses the methods of professional trainers all round the world to define training needs and the desired workplace performance. It considers your trainees’ learning needs and preferences, develops and delivers training to a planned time frame and supports trainees and their supervisors and managers to support the application of new learning in the workplace. A training programme also sets out the very specific indicators and methods for evaluating the outcomes of the training in terms of the trainees’ desired performance, as well as the organizational and other outcomes set out in your training strategy.

And of course, once you have developed, piloted, rolled out and evaluated one training programme, you can apply that learning to the other programmes you need. At that stage, you can then choose to develop your own training expertise further from my suite of six strategic training workshops.


Client confidentiality means I can’t publish all the work I’ve done on training strategies and training programmes for the civil construction, food manufacturing, solid waste and utility sectors – but here is one that I am able to share.

Stormwater training strategy

I was privileged to work with Water New Zealand, a national not-for-profit sector organisation with around 1500 corporate and individual members here and overseas. It is the principal voice for the water sector, focusing on the sustainable management and promotion of the water environment and encompassing drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.

The Education and Training Subgroup of the Stormwater Committee had carried out several practitioner surveys and identified a number of training needs. Stormwater management is a fast-changing, a complex and multidisciplinary field and the list of training needs was enormously long.

To make sense of it all, I adopted the concept of the urban development cycle, which can apply to both greenfield and brownfield developments.

In a 1-page diagram, the cycle shows the many different disciplines involved in sustainable stormwater and how professional and vocational training needs are intimately interwoven throughout the 40+ training topics shown.

That made it much easier to:

  • organize the many different skills from climate change modelling through freshwater ecology and terrestrial biodiversity to operation and maintenance into an orderly sequence in the development cycle

  • above the cycle of these specialist skills is displayed a set of integral skills that apply to them all, including indigenous wisdom, community engagement skills and the like

  • below the cycle of specialist skills emerges a suite of leadership skills that help people with stormwater and related skills to contribute to the development of the stormwater sector and to wider society.

And it can all be shown in a one-page diagram. Supporting this holistic overview is a table with 11 topics and over 40 training subtopics plus a detailed implementation and evaluation plan to help stormwater experts meet their own training needs. Everyone can see at a glance their own specialist training sector, the related disciplines they work with and a career pathway within and beyond the stormwater sector.

The full plan is now on the Water New Zealand Website and is open for comment. Check it out here.

Biodiversity Training Strategy

New Zealand has just about the biggest plant and animal pest problems in the world. We are fortunate that the work of government agencies is massively supplemented by hosts of ordinary land owners, rural and urban, and an almost equally large number of not-for-profit organizations. And the environmental entrepreneurs and scientific researchers are producing new knowledge and tools all the time. This gives us hope and impetus towards the government’s audacious ‘Predator Free 2050’ vision – now, of course, supported by a significant portion of the Government’s Covid-19 green recovery package.

But how is a government body to describe this hugely diverse effort in order to work out the best way to support the people out there doing this valuable work on the ground? My colleague Annette Lees and I were asked to develop a capability strategy to identify the skills needed by all the players out there, and ways to meet them by training and other means.

We interviewed our client’s dedicated staff and many volunteers, who gave us their valuable time. We came up with two half-page diagrams and a half-page table that grouped the players into three main groups, identified four categories of skills from hands-on to strategic and set out a ten-year progression of phases towards a vibrant and sustainable sector actively protecting Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique biodiversity. We also set out ways of evaluating the effectiveness and outcomes of any new training and of the excellent training already on offer out there.

We’ve been delighted to hear that people in our client organization and out there in the volunteer and professional communities ‘get’ our analysis and are finding it simplifies their approach to their work.

Towards agreed outcomes

All this strategic training work takes place within the context of the strategic outcomes defined by the New Zealand government across the four wellbeings; social, cultural (indigenous), economic and environmental. It works for any monitoring framework, whether it’s the six capitals used by business, the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or any other indicator framework.

Like the approach? Let’s chat.

What others say

Here’s what others say about my holistic overviews and training strategies.

Any sector needing environmental training should make the most of Clare’s strategic approach

“When our survey of industry training needs produced a lengthy list of highly specialized topics, we knew some kind of organising approach was needed, and engaged Clare to help us. By mapping all the topics onto one page, she gave us a holistic overview of the many different disciplines across the stormwater and many related professions. Clare worked closely with us to deliver a detailed action report and ways to prioritise training and funding options. Her work will help us navigate the many topics on which our own experts will develop, deliver and evaluate training. It gives us clarity and direction for both individual training needs and sector development needs. I would recommend that any sector needing environmental training make the most of Clare’s strategic approach.”
John Pfahlert, former CEO of Water New Zealand.