The Winning Teams learning and development model of engagement concept was formulated in 1995. In the same year the ‘Game Board’, playing elements and rules were designed and tested. The Game Methodology was formally used for the first time in 1996 by SAPPI in their Springs branch, to embed a manufacturing quality circle among operations staff. In the same year the ‘Game’ was used to instil safety rules and regulations at two of De Beers’ mining operations, which was implemented over a two year period.
In the beginning of 1998 the founder Denzil Hollis met Tom Boardman, who subsequently became an investor and together they agreed to form a new company Winning Teams (Pty) Ltd.
Corporate Learning and Development
During 1998 Standard Bank would become the first of the four major banks to use the Winning Teams model for product, process and compliance knowledge development, in all their retail branches throughout the country. In 1999 ABSA Commercial Bank started working with Winning Teams and during the next four to five years other banks would follow suit. For example, in 2000 we commenced working with FNB, firstly in their Rural and Metro divisions, spanning their entire branch network. In addition to that we also worked with their Cash Management division in Contact Centres.
Subsequent to this NBS, BoE, Postbank, Nedbank, African Bank, Old Mutual and Virgin Money were added to the Winning Teams clientele.
Our extensive knowledge of banking products would open doors for us in Halifax Bank in the United Kingdom and more recently in numerous countries in Africa, working with Nedbank Rest of Africa. In addition, we gained valuable experience pertaining to insurance products by implementing our learning and development model of engagement in ABSA Life; ABSA Insurance; Standard Bank Insurance; SA Eagles and Sanlam Contact Centres.
Although Winning Teams has worked primarily within banks and insurance organisations, its learning and development model of engagement can be applied to any business and/or organisation that have identified the need to develop and embed core knowledge amongst its employees. This is confirmed by our involvement with manufacturing companies such as South African Breweries, consulting services with Price Waterhouse Coopers and 1st Contact in the UK, as well as auditing services in Nedbank Group Audit Division.
Youth Education and Development
In 2002 Winning Teams entered the field of youth education and development. This resulted from a direct request by Nedbank to use the Winning Teams methodology to develop financial literacy among learners in public schools prior to leaving school.
In 2003 Winning Teams launched a World of Work Preparation Programme in 50 public secondary schools in Gauteng. The Winning Teams model of engagement and methodology was used in these schools, funded solely by Nedbank.
During the period 2005-2013 more than 3,000 public secondary schools in all nine provinces would implement the programme and over two million learners were exposed to the Winning Teams learning and development model of engagement. Within this period the programme was extended to include English language (First Additional) and integrated into the English curricular and applied in the classroom.
In 2011 Winning Teams chose to use its structured learning and re-inforcement methodology in English, Mathematics and Science, as these gateway subjects require regular practice and application of core knowledge and key concepts, ideally suited to our methodology. We have implemented these programmes to hundreds of schools over the past three to four years, using our methodology to improve the level of education of learners studying Mathematics, Science and English (First Additional Language).
We have been incredibly fortunate to have received funding from Mutual & Federal; ARM; Old Mutual; Hollard Insurance and Willis to implement these programmes.
We firmly believe that in the years ahead we will be able to provide hope to our youth both in Basic and Higher Education by helping them to improve their level of education in the Gateway subjects, thereby giving them a real opportunity to become economically active.