Pivotal Learning is founded by Yen Kai in 2013 to pursue his vision of "PASS IT ON" for a better generation of youths. Prior to 2013, Yen Kai was running a training company working closely with youths at National Level as well as at school level. Due to value differences among directors, he left the companies he founded back in 2005.
When Yen Kai founded Pivotal Learning, he has a company vision of LEARNERS' FIRST. He wants to enable more educators and practitioners to focus on learners rather than being content / activity driven. During which he made a hard decision to train his "competitors" (industry players). He believes that the collective reach is more powerful than individual company reach. Since then, many of these competitors are now partners in supporting each other.
He also dedicated significant of his time reaching out to teachers. He works closely with them to strengthen facilitation skills which are crucial in deepening students ability to think critically and self-reflect. From judging teachers, he gained tons of empathy of the challenges teachers faced daily and regularly.
He travels now widely to learn from some of the best trainers in the world to the point that some of his friends said he is using a bazooka to shoot ants. But in his mind, is totally worthwhile. He also bring in esteem trainers around the world to elevate the competencies of practitioners in the field of work.
Our workshops focus on specific, practical and hands-on strategies as well as techniques that are research-based, classroom tested and brain-compatible. The "O" in our logo demonstrates the leverage point that is the core of our approach.
The 3 coloured waves represent our 3E approach to our programs:
This approach ensures participants go beyond cognitive understanding into full immersion of their learning experience. Frequently, it supports learners in separating what they thought they know from what they actually know. This is particularly important for skill-based learning.
Lye Yen Kai
MEd (K12, Adventure Education), C.MLP Pr, C. BBL, C. Impact Teaching, ACTA, ACCT CCM Pr., CPF (IAF, USA), CALC (WIAL, USA)
Yen Kai has more than 20 years of training and facilitating experience with educators and trainers. His passion is with the development of youths and “PASS IT ON”.
He started Pivotal Learning in 2013 with the same vision in mind: development of youths and “PASS IT ON”. Practitioners, namely educators, facilitators and trainers are constantly interacting with our youths through classroom activities, workshops and camps. Through Pivotal Learning, Yen Kai aspires to “PASS ON” the pivotal skill sets that he has been practising over the years to these practitioners who can then create a much larger reach to the youths.
Since then, he had trained more than 10,000 teachers, Student Development Officers, Camp Instructors, Trainers and Facilitators to create more engaging and impactful programmes.
Yen Kai is a rare breed. In his pursuit of his vision, he is trained and certified in both soft and hard skills, in teaching and facilitating. Through these range of exposure and practices, he is able to create distinctions and codified skills to make them transferrable.
He is certified Brain-Based Learning Trainer by Eric Jensen (author of more than 25 books in the field of Brain-Based Learning). Eric's certification is the gold standard in the field and his stringent certification over 1.5 years to ensure certified trainers are keeping up with the rapid development in the field of neuroscience.
In order to ensure that he
is able to model these brain-based principles, Yen Kai went on to be certified
by Dr. Rich Allen in Greenlight Classroom and High Impact Teaching. He is currently the only certified trainer in Asia by Dr Rich Allen. He stays in touch with Dr. Rich Allen and continue the mentor-mentee relationship since 2010.
In 2008, in his pursuit to better his facilitation skill, he ventured into Process Facilitation. In 2014, he cleared his certification with IAF and became a Certified Professional Facilitator. He was part of the IAF Singapore Chapter Council Member and assisted in the IAF Asia Conference held in Singapore.
He actively volunteer his time as well as jump into many National Level Public Engagement Projects such as Our Singapore Conversation, MOH CPF Medishield Public Engagement, Founders' Memorial Dialogue, REACH Post Budget Dialogue and etc.
He also conducted more than 100 runs of Professional Learning Team Facilitation Skill Workshops in The Academy of Singapore Teachers and directly to schools.
In the area of Adventure and Experiential Learning Facilitation, he has attended multiple workshops with Project Adventure, USA (the founding organization in many of initiative games and learning theories in Experiential Learning) as well as High 5 Adventure Learning Center, USA.
He got Pivotal Learning to be accredited as Professional Vendor Member with ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology, USA) in 2015.
He is a respected practitioner in the Outdoor Education scene in SIngapore with both educators and industry players. He was one of the founding member of Outdoor Learning & Adventure Education Association and serve as President from 2014 till 2020.