The programme has been designed to fit in with the patterns of working life, to accommodate two residential retreats and provide time over the summer for overseas study visits. The MRL learning cycle approach; experience – reflection – thinking – action is applied to the Programme itself and this means is that in your MRL year there is ample time to engage with the topic, reflect on it and then re-engage. You might wish to embrace an area of learning through projects at work, through activities during the workshops or through discussion with your mentor. Many of the things that come up in your work life will be directly linked to the MRL content. Experience suggests that this longitudinal learning process with opportunities to revisit, reflect, think and act is highly effective. At the end of the programme you will formulate your own personal strategy plan looking forward as a way of focusing on growing your capacity; investing in personal organisational and relational assets.
There are 8 one day workshops over the 11 months of the programme, usually running between 9.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Very occasionally an overnight stay is required before a workshop for those whose base is distant from the venue. There are two 2.5 day residential events. Overseas Study Visits usually last between 3 and 5 days. There are also 3 90 minute mentorials and time is required to complete post-workshop evaluation surveys and make Mentornet entires; this is the online journal system which runs the Personal Programme Log (PPL).
This assumes you spend time only attending the workshops and residentials, have a short overseas study visit and keep your feedback and journal (PPL) entries to a minimum. 18 days.
MRL participants find that there is a direct correlation between effort and reward; the more time and commitment you apply to the Programme the more you will get from it. This means that most people make a time commitment of about 25 days over the 11 months of the 'MRL year'. 25 days.
You are expected to attend every workshop. This is a condition of your acceptance onto the Programme. Obviously, there are sometimes exceptional circumstances which mean you can't be at an event; you will need to discuss this with your Mentor.