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How does the Training Scheme Operate?

How does the Training Scheme Operate?

A Summary of the Scheme:

Training is built around a number of objectives, which have been generated by taking into account the views of Counties/Areas and Scottish Regions, the requirements of the World Scout Bureau and the needs of The Scouts.

The Scouts’ Adult Training Scheme is based on a number of key principles:

  • Adults will only complete the learning components which are appropriate to their role.
  • Adult training should be accessible to all, regardless of geography, education, personal circumstances or additional needs.
  • There are at least two methods of meeting the key objectives for most modules so that adults can choose the most appropriate method for them.
  • The scheme recognises the prior learning, experience and existing knowledge of adults. It is not necessary for adults to attend training if they can clearly show that they are able to meet module objectives by demonstrating their skills in their Scouting role; this is done through validation.
  • Training provides opportunities for adults to interact with other adults. This can often be an effective way of learning and building contacts.
  • Training uses familiar Scout methods, for example learning by doing and small group work, but these are complemented by other methods such as workbooks, videos and e-learning.
  • The scheme is UK-wide so that the training which has been completed in one County will be recognised in another.
  • There is the opportunity for adults to have the training they do in Scouting externally recognised.

As a Training Adviser it is your responsibility to translate these key principles into practice. This means ensuring that the learners you are working with:

  • Have their prior learning properly recognised
  • Have access to training which takes into consideration their personal circumstances and preferred learning methods
  • Are well supported and properly advised on their training and personal development

Learning and Validation

There are two elements to the Adult Training Scheme:

  • Learning - This is when the adult has the opportunity to gain or improve the knowledge and skills which they need to perform their role. As the scheme recognises prior learning, knowledge and experience individuals may not need to complete learning for every aspect of the scheme.
  • Validation - This is when a Training Adviser will check what the adult has learned, and that they can apply the skills that they have acquired to their role. Validation is essential for every module.

The Appointment Process

Once a volunteer has been recruited, they will go through an appointment process to ensure that they are suitable for the role. At this point the volunteer will be added to Compass, the relevant checks will be made and the adult will be issued with a provisional appointment. When the volunteer is added to Compass they will have five months to complete their Getting Started training.

Getting Started

Getting Started is made up of six modules which must be completed before the adult can be fully appointed. There is a seventh module for Executive Committee members / trustees.

Getting Started training needs to be completed within five months of the role start date, as recorded on Compass. These modules are:

  • Personal Learning Plan (02)
  • Essential Information (01)
  • Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Tools for the Role: Section Leaders (03) or Tools for the Role: Managers and Supporters (04)
  • General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
  • Trustee Introduction (for Executive Committee members)

These modules may be completed in any order. In order to ensure that adults can complete Getting Started within the required timescale (five months) the modules are available as online learning.

Once a learner has completed Getting Started they may wear the Gilwell woggle. Non-uniformed adults may wear the Getting Started pin. Both are available to purchase from Scout Stores.

If an adult’s provisional appointment expires and they have not completed Getting Started, then the adult’s line manager will be informed (through a locally defined route). The line manager will then review the situation with the learner to find out why they have not completed this stage. Mutually agreed restrictions must be put in place by Commissioners to support learners to complete their training. Find out more about mutually agreed restrictions.

The Wood Badge

The Wood Badge is the internationally recognised Scouting training insignia awarded to adults by Headquarters on completion of the training required for their role. The Wood Badge consists of two wooden beads threaded onto a leather thong which is worn with Scout uniform.

The Wood Badge is the internationally recognised Scouting training insignia awarded to adults by Headquarters on completion of the relevant training. The Wood Badge consists of two wooden beads threaded onto a leather thong, which is worn with Scout uniform.

Once the learner has validated all the modules necessary for their role and agreed their plan for the ongoing learning that they will complete in the next year you can recommend to your Training Manager that they are awarded their Wood Badge. Learners are required to complete the Wood Badge within three years from the role start date as recorded on Compass.

In most cases the County Training Manager is responsible for recommending the award of the Wood Badge to Headquarters. Headquarters is responsible for awarding Wood Badges and will forward the Wood Badge and certificate to the appropriate Commissioner for presentation.

Ongoing learning

All adults holding appointments for which a Wood Badge is required must participate in an average of at least five hours ongoing learning each year. This is to ensure they continue to acquire new skills and keep up to date with new trends and policies. Ongoing learning must be at least five hours per year, calculated over the length of the appointment. Therefore, if an adult went on a week-long residential course, for example, this could be counted as the ongoing learning for the whole period of the appointment.

As a Training Adviser you will need to agree with your learner what ongoing learning, they will do in the first year after achieving the Wood Badge before it can be awarded. It then becomes their line manager’s responsibility to monitor and agree their ongoing learning.

Ongoing learning can be any number of things. In essence any training, learning or development that is complete and can be used in your Scouting role is appropriate to count as ongoing learning. For example:

  • the maintenance of a current adult first aid qualification/first response certificate
  • a Beaver Scout Leader spending time with another leader learning how to use Programmes Online, then using it to plan their programme
  • any of the supplementary modules, for example For Facilitating (28) or Presenting (29)

Mandatory ongoing learning

Although the ongoing learning hours a learner is required to complete each year can be any number of things, there are also some specific ongoing learning requirements which some members must  complete. Any member who holds an appointment for which an appointment review is required must complete the mandatory ongoing learning.