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Everything in the Curious Trainers' Academy has been designed to support you in your Training career!

The Academy is perfect for you if you are: 

  1. Hoping to launch your career in Training / Learning and Development, but finding it hard to gain the experience you need to get your first role 
  2. Establishing yourself as a credible Trainer by learning more about effective face-to-face workshop design
  3. A Trainers, Educator or Managers who wants to have creative resources at your fingertips to engage and motivate your learners

If this sounds like you read on, there are some wonderful things in store for you!

  • Launch Your Career in Training

    "I want to become a Trainer and launch my career in L&D, but I'm just not sure where to start!"

  • Design Face-to-Face Sessions

    "I'm looking to design credible learning session and need some guidance on how to do this."

  • Curious Trainers' Resources

    "I'm a Trainer / Manager / Educator looking for creative activities I can use with my learners."

Different ways to get curious with the Academy

Introduction to Creative Learning

How creative learning can benefit training, facilitation and coaching

Using creativity to help learners engage is commonly recognised as good practice within the learning profession. But WHY is it important? How does it actually make a difference? And how can you explain to your clients that playing with LEGO® or colourful props is a worthwhile investment when it comes to training, facilitation or coaching?

Launch Your Career in Training

Six-part step-by-step guide to get your Training career launched

This comprehensive step-by-step course will guide you towards creating the right path towards getting you noticed and invited to interviews. Including: 1. Your Training Path. (FREE trial chapter) 2. Your Career Stakeholders. 3. Training without the title of Trainer. 4. An introduction to delivery skills. 5. How to get invited to interviews. 6.Continuous Professional Development

Designing a Face-to-Face Training Session

Everything you need to get started designing face-to-face training sessions

Good Trainers make learners feel like they're not being 'trained'. You may think this is all down to great delivery but without a well designed session to support this, it's difficult to engage learners. Including: Learning theory - FREE TRIAL CHAPTER / Aims and Objectives / Designing the right flow / Opening & Closing / Learning activities / Visuals / Transfer of learning / Evaluation / Optional Assignment!

~ VIDEO ~ So you want to know more about me?

Here's a short video explaining my journey into the world of Training and Development

Why listen to anything I have to say?

A little more about Nikie (That's me!!)


Convinced I was going to be a Radio One presenter from an early age, my less than conventional route into the world of Learning & Development, has given me a wide range of experiences which enables me to see learning in every interaction.  

My career into training actually started over two decades ago when, after dabbling in the world of radio I found myself working as a decorative assistant in a large DIY store. I was asked to help demonstrate some new products to customers. Initially the thought of talking to a group of people filled me with dread, but soon I had daily demonstrations, ran interior design courses and ultimately became a Regional Training Manager with this company. It all sounds like rather good luck, but the truth is once I realised that this was the role for me, I looked for opportunities to get more involved, found the right people to talk to and made my own path towards becoming a Trainer.

In the last two decades, I have had many different training titles including:

  • Demonstrator / Training Coordinator
  • Induction / Regional Trainer
  • Training / Learning and Development Officer/Specialist
  • Training / Regional / Learning and Development Manager
  • Director of Curious Lighthouse Learning Consultancy
  • Founder of the Curious Trainers' Academy  
  • CIPD Accredited Tutor for L&D

No matter what the title, one thing has always remained, the thirst for knowledge and the desire to enable others to grow and develop. So, what better way to do this than share it with those looking to create their own successful careers in training and development.

For more in-depth details about me and my qualifications, why not check out the 'About Nikie' section in the header section.

Or, check out the short video above...


Here's what others are saying ...

“I am currently working through a training session The Curious Trainer’s Academy provides to enable me to design my own training programme. The Curious Trainer’s Academy has supported my own development and Nikie continues to provide guidance. Her interactive and engaging approach on her training sessions covers all types of learning styles and also gives you the opportunity to try out and practice. Her bitesize learning approach is very easy to follow from a learner’s perspective. I can’t thank Nikie enough for all of her support and help in moulding me into the professional trainer I am today and would highly recommend having a chat with Nikie and enrolling on some of the courses. ”

Suk Gill - Director of The Sales Coach Ltd.

“Nikie is passionate about people development and played a significant role in building my skills and confidence, enabling me to take the next step with my career. Nikie makes learning about yourself and setting personal goals challenging, but also fun and relevant for the training industry. For anyone looking to establish or develop a career in training, I recommend working with Nikie to get you where you want to be.”

Teresa Matthews ~ Training and Development Manager ​

“I loved start working with Nikie and her passion for learning, development and empowering others to succeed shines through in every project she undertakes. Nikie's training style is engaging, fun and full of energy, helping to embed learning and give individuals and teams the confidence to implement new skills back in the workplace. Nikie understands first hand how much internal trainers, coaches and facilitators impact the workforce. Her vast experience and passion for this area makes her an excellent choice for any company who understands the importance of investing in their leadership and development teams to meet their company goals.”

Joanne Mayhead ~ Website Coach

“Nikie's approach to learning is built on experience and a real desire to help people to learn. Nikie recognises that the way to do this is to engage people in their personal development ... and she is very good at doing this.”

Andy Granston ~ Director at the Turning Circle

“Nobody has ever been able to hold my attention in training sessions / presentations like Nikie.”

Jo ~ Senior Team Leader

“It has been an absolute privilege to have worked with you. Your sessions have been inspiring and I will take your learnings with me wherever I go. Over my career a few people have stood out for their positivity, professionalism, competence & you are one of these stand out individuals who has inspired me to move forward/grow.”

Brad Abery ~ Finance Director

“I'm a seasoned trainer (much as yourself) with some 15 years' experience, and it's clear to me that you are an expert in your subject. I would recommend the 'Designing a Face-to-Face Training Session' course to anyone starting out in L&D as a way of getting an excellent grounding in relatively little time and without too much study or effort. A useful and enjoyable programme.”

Martine Bolton - Sunshine Corporate & Personal Development


What happens if I just want to view the free trial chapter?
That's fine. You'll be asked to create an account which will give you access to the free chapter and show you what else is available. Your details will not be used for any other purpose and you can unsubscribe at any stage.

The cost is in £ Stirling. Can I still buy / join if I'm in a different country?

Yes. All payments are made through Stripe and will be converted from your currency to GBP on transaction.  (It's always worth checking current exchange rates at the time of purchase to get a better idea of actual cost to you)

Do you guarantee I'll get a job in training?
No. While I can offer plenty of hints, tips, challenges and relevant information about getting into training and development, it is down to each individual to create their own career path.

Who owns the Curious Trainers' Academy?
You may well see references to Curious Lighthouse Learning Consultancy as this is my established business for corporate clients.  The Curious Trainers' Academy is the on-line side of this business.

What do I do if I have a different question?
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