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Adult Support

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The Adult Training Scheme is based around a number of key principles:

  • Training based on the needs expressed by those involved across the movement.
  • Learning based on a modular system with adults completing only those modules relevant to their role.
  • Accessibility regardless of geography, education, personal circumstance or special needs.
  • Recognition of prior learning, experience and knowledge.
  • Opportunities for adults across the movement to interact.
  • The combination of familiar Scout training methods, such as group work, with new training methods such as e-learning.
  • A national scheme, which is recognised by all Counties/Areas.
  • External national recognition of Scout training, e.g. by the Institution of Leadership and Management.

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The Appointment Process: 

When someone volunteers to help Scouting they should have a discussion with their prospective Line Manager – usually the Group Scout Leader or a Commissioner.  The outcome of this discussion should enable the volunteer to agree a role in Scouting which they believe they will be comfortable with- i.e. a role which accords with the time they are able to devote to supporting Scouting and which is relevant to their interests and where appropriate to the skills that they will bring to Scouting.  It is important at this stage for the volunteer and the Line Manager to agree a role description and also for the Line Manager to outline the training support that will be available to the volunteer. 

At this initial meeting there should be an opportunity for the volunteer to find out more about the Appointments Process and the key policies of the Scout Association.   Further details of these can be found by clicking here.

Having agreed a suitable role, the volunteer will be asked to complete an Adult Application (AA) form.  This will include sufficient information for the volunteer’s identity to be confirmed and for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to be made.  Once the completed form has been received the District (or County) Appointments Secretary will enter the volunteer’s details on the Scout Association Membership database and a membership number will be allocated. 

As soon as is practicable the volunteer will be invited to attend a meeting of the appropriate Appointments Advisory Committee, when they will have an opportunity to discuss the role for which they have volunteered and their understanding of the Scout Association key policies as discussed at the initial meeting with the Line Manager.

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Provisional Appointments:

When all the various checks have been completed the volunteer will be issued with a Provisional Appointment.  The Appointments Secretary will have notified the Local Training Manager and a Training Adviser will be allocated to support the volunteer through the training relevant to the role.

The new volunteer should now  begin the 'Getting Started' section of the training scheme which will involved completion of module 1, Essential Information, and Module 3, Tools for the Job, (or in the case of Manager roles modules 1 and 4).  Locally run training courses will be available and the Training Adviser will have details of dates, times and venues.

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Personal Learning Plan:

Each new adult volunteer will need to agree their Personal Learning Plan (Module 2) with their Training Adviser.  This plan will provide an agreed record of planned learning for a specified role.  Adults will complete their Personal Learning Plan using the Adult's Personal File and through discussion with their Training Adviser who will provide them with guidance throughout their training. The plan will identify the modules relevant to their role and will establish those where training is required as well as those where existing skills and knowledge meet the requirements.

The Plan should include:

  • Which modules are relevant to the role.
  • Which method of learning is to be used.
  • How each module will be validated.
  • Target timescales.
  • The date of the next review meeting.

Once the adult has completed the 'Getting Started' stage, A full appointment can be issued and an appointment card can be presented and they can begin working towards the goals set in their Personal Learning Plan.

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Validation is the means by which an individual's ability to use a skill in practice is confirmed. All the modules required for a particular role must be validated regardless of whether the learning has been gained by previous experience or by planned learning. Each module has a fixed requirement and there are usually a number of validation methods for participants to select from.  Details of the validation requirements can be found in the Adults Personal File.  Copies will be provided to Learners and can be accessed by clicking here.

Validation methods should: 

  • be appropriate for those that have or have not attended training.
  • involve people doing their job in Scouting and not be an extra task.
  • demonstrate that some (but not necessarily all) of the module objectives have been met.
  • seek to improve the quality and/or quantity of Scouting.

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Training Courses:

We offer a programme of training courses, including some 'Residential Weekends'.  For full information about dates, venue etc. please download the course programme from the Training Bulletin below.

If you are interested in any of our courses then please download our 'Training Course Application Form' (below). Forms can be submitted by email or by post - please see the instructions on the application form.

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Training Bulletins:

We publish a Training Bulletin every autumn in which we highlight changes to our programme of training opportunities and give details of the courses available during the following year. These are distributed to all Leaders in the County. They are also available to download (below).

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