An important aspect of your role is to encourage leaders to undertake their adult training, and support them whilst they are working towards completing their wood badge. This is not just the job of the local training manager and training advisers. They are the 'specialists' in training in the same way as you are a 'specialist' in your group.
By sharing your experience with the local training manager you can ensure the training offered meets the needs of the leaders in the section. In meeting needs, the training should be relevant, enjoyable, and useful.
Before you start to help your leaders with their training you need to understand the training programme provided by our County. Nationally, counties across the UK are encouraged to deliver the national adult training programme in a way that meets the local needs. Your local training manager will be able to tell you about the programme of training offered to adults in your district and throughout the county.
Motivating leaders to train
An important point to consider is your role in motivating leaders to carry out their training. All appointed leaders have an obligation to undertake training and, as in everyday life, people can resent things they have to do. It is your responsibility to 'sell' the positive benefits of training to your leadership team, highlighting both the benefits to them as individuals and to their section's members. Setting an example is important - so make sure you complete your training too!
Meeting with the Local Training Manager
Why not arrange a meeting with your District’s Local Training Manager to discuss your working relationship and how you can help each other? Items for the agenda could include:
The pattern of section leader training
Every leader has a commitment to training; you need to be able to explain the pattern, modules and stages.
Each module requires validation. It’s helpful if you know of and understand the different methods of validation for each module section leaders need to complete.
Find out how training advisers and validation works in your District.
Working together - you and the Local Training Manager
Ways you can both support the leaders in your group.
Informal training - opportunities which need to be created in the District
Skills workshops, activity days, Patrol Leader training, Young Leaders training. In fact, any experience which is in addition to the formal pattern of section leader training and meets the needs of your group.
Your training - an opportunity to discuss your training needs
Immediate support - there might be topics or support you need immediately. The Local Training Manager could help you or you could ask your training adviser.
You could discuss your involvement in this and how you can help.