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Adult Personal File for Non-Wood Badge Appointments


About this Guide

The aim of the Adult’s Personal File is to introduce you to The Adult Training Scheme, and to provide you with some tools and information to help you with your training.

This guide only refers to the compulsory training that is relevant to those taking on appointments that are classed as non Wood Badge roles. A full list of all of the modules within the Adult Training Scheme can be found in the Module Matrix.

How does the scheme work?

To ensure that young people experience good quality Scouting, The Scouts requires each adult in Scouting to demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills and attitudes that are relevant to their Scouting role.

Different skills and knowledge are required for different roles, so the Adult Training Scheme is broken up into a range of modules. Each adult is required to do the modules which will be useful for their role. Find out more about the principles of The Scouts’ Adult Training Scheme.

Learning and validation

There are two key elements to the Adult Training Scheme.

  • Learning - This is when you have the opportunity to gain or improve the knowledge and skills that you need for your role.
  • Validation - This is when your Training Adviser will check that you can apply what you have learnt to your role. Validation is essential for every module.

Training Advisers and ongoing support

Different Districts and Counties operate in different ways, but either before you begin your Getting Started training or soon after you begin, you will meet with a Training Adviser who will explain the scheme fully.

A Training Adviser’s role is to support you through your training. They will help you identify which of the modules you need to complete, and then decide with you whether you need to complete any training for them. From then on you will receive ongoing support from one or more Training Advisers, who will review your progress and ensure that you can put the learning from each module into practice.

Identifying the training that is relevant to your role

You should refer to the minimum training requirements section below to identify which modules you are required to complete for your role. It could also be helpful to use your role description to identify any extra modules that you feel are relevant to your role, or that you would find interesting to complete.

The full list of modules which make up the Adult Training Scheme can be found in the Module Matrix.

Ongoing learning

Some Non-Wood Badge Appointments like an Assessor role, may require on-going learning to be completed. This is to ensure you continue to acquire new skills and keep up to date with new trends and policies. Please check with your Training Adviser to confirm if ongoing training is necessary for your Appointment.

Ongoing learning can be any number of things. In essence any training, learning or development that you complete and can then use in your Scouting role is appropriate to count as ongoing learning. For example, any of the supplementary modules, for example Facilitating (28) or Presenting (29) if they are not part of the minimum training requirements for your role.

Your Training Adviser will be able to give you more support and advice on courses, qualifications and other Scouting activities that may count as ongoing learning. It becomes your line manager’s responsibility to monitor and agree your ongoing learning.

Mandatory ongoing learning

Although the ongoing learning hours you are required to complete each year can be any number of things, there are also some specific ongoing learning requirements which some appointments must complete as part of the requirements for their role.

Any member who holds an appointment for which Safety and Safeguarding training is completed as part of Getting Started is required to keep it up to date. This training must be renewed every three years.

Adult Personal File for Non-Wood Badge Appointments

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