Why attend an International Assignment training programme? Sending high potential employees and executives overseas is common practice for many international organisations and allows them to use their workforce’s existing skills to lead or develop a local branch or oversee an international project. Working in a different cultural context can be challenging however and the ability to successfully adapt to the new social and professional culture is key to achieving outstanding results. This adaptation process can take time though as working habits and cultural values can be completely different from the international assignee’s own culture. A failure to adapt to the target culture will create frustration and hinder the performance of international assignees. Providing them with the knowledge and tools to cope with the many cultural differences they face at work and in their social life is essential.
Following a pre departure International Assignment training programme is invaluable and will help any future international assignee adapt quickly and successfully to the target country. An International Assignment Training programme will give them the knowledge and skills they need to understand and effectively manage the possible cultural challenges that await them during their international assignment.
Designed in close collaboration with key decision makers and the international assignee, offering Communicaid’s International Assignment Training Programme to international assignees is the best way to ensure they hit the ground running and maximise opportunities of living and working in another culture. Through a combination of country information, cultural theory and practical case studies, international assignees will be able to develop strategies to cope with culture shock and the adaptation to life in the new country.
A Communicaid International Assignment Training Programme will provide you with:
- An extended understanding of the symptoms of culture shock and how to cope with them
- Opportunities to discuss your concerns with an international assignment specialist and country expert
- A complete analysis of the target country’s cultural values and their impact on the workplace
- Strategies and cultural tools to help you to understand and adapt to different working practices, communication styles and social etiquette
Who should attend?
An International Assignment Training Programme will be of benefit to you if:
- You are about to go on an international assignment
- You want to be effective as soon as you arrive in the target culture
- You are an international assignee facing difficulties coping with cultural differences in the target country
- You are a relocation specialist helping international assignees prepare for moves abroad
All our International Assignment Training Programmes are designed to meet the specific needs of our clients depending on their personal/organisational requirements and existing skills set.
An International Assignment Training typically includes:
- Culture shock and how to manage its impact
- Tips and guidelines for a smooth cultural adaptation
- Strategies for effective cultural interactions in the target country
- Information about the social and professional aspects of life in target country
- Effective communication skills
- How to build relationships in the target country
- Practical tips and guidelines for a successful international assignment in the target country
Our International Assignment Training Programme is available seven days a week, 365 days a year, either at one of our training centres in London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and New York or at your offices in any location worldwide. We offer a flexible format to suit your schedule and can deliver the training by telephone or face-to-face.
Your trainer will provide a balance of structured input and discussion of case studies and scenarios relevant to your own particular context and you will have the opportunity to raise any issues of concern. The most appropriate training format, content and approach for your International Assignment Training Programme will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy.
International Assignment Training Programme Trainer
Your trainer will be assigned to you following the results of your diagnostic consultancy according to your objectives and areas of focus. Detailed below is a sample profile of a member of our International Assignment Training Programme team.
CR – Cross Cultural Specialist
BA American Studies, Manchester
MSc Strategic Training and Development, Surrey
CR has over twenty years international management and intercultural training experience with corporate and non-profit clients in both the US and UK. She has worked with a number of major multi nationals across a wide range of sectors including engineering, energy, finance, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries. Her areas of expertise include diversity training, intercultural coaching, UK and US business training and cross border communication.
After graduating, CR moved to Chicago where she lived and worked for over ten years. She spent the first four years as Training Manager with International Orientation Resources recruiting and supervising trainers in addition to delivering training herself. She then moved to Bennett Associates where her projects included Train-the –Trainer, cultural adaptability, cross cultural awareness for international management and intercultural training for HR. CR’s final position in the States was as Project Manager for the Anti-Defamation League developing materials and seminars for diversity training.
On her return to the UK in 1996, CR completed her Masters and has since worked as an intercultural and global diversity consultant delivering cultural transition training, diversity seminars and intercultural training in support of European mergers and acquisitions and international HR. CR also regularly delivers workshops and seminars for a number of professional organisations such as SIETAR and CIPD. She has delivered training for key Communicaid clients including Smith & Nephew, L’Oreal and Cadbury.