Training Update December 2020

Training Update December 2020

The training team are generally winding down for Christmas, but dates are already in the diary for some modules to be run January – March next year.  Have a look at the calendar on the Region’s website here to find something to suit you.  Remember that a Wood Badge needs to be completed in 3 years, and if already over 3 years you have until 30/09/2021.   Check your Compass record to see what you need to do, and make a plan to work through it gradually.   SHQ has produced a guide to validation while we’re in some form of lockdown, have a look and see if there’s anything you can validate now

If you are still getting the emails from Tim Kidd asking you to complete some mandatory training there’s a problem.  Either it’s overdue, and we really need you to get it done, or, if you know you have completed it there’s a problem with the data in Compass that needs to be resolved.  If you’re not sure what needs to be done please speak to your GSL, Training Adviser or ADC (AT).  This link is to the Getting Started training material – this includes the online Safety and Safeguarding that are to be renewed every 3 years.

If having time to complete the mandatory training (either any part of Getting Started, or the ongoing Safety or Safegaurding) is a problem your Commissioner can support you by arranging a Mutually Agreed Restriction for up to 4 weeks.  What this means is that you won’t attend any meetings, virtual or face to face, and instead can spend that time working through any outstanding modules.  When the training is up to date the restriction can be lifted and you’ll return to business as usual.  If not completed in the 4 weeks further steps may be required. 

We’ll continue to offer training by Zoom, some people find it incredibly helpful to avoid the time and inconvenience of travelling and being away from home, but when we can will add in the option of face to face sessions on Saturdays or Sundays

If you have questions please contact your ADC (Adult Training) in the first instance – they are all full of useful information.

I hope you all enjoy the Christmas break.

Mary Dick
ARC (Adult Training) 

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Training Update December 2020

Training Update November 2020

Additional or Change of Role

If you have taken on a new role in Scouting, please have a look at the Training tab in Compass.  Depending on what your previous and new roles are, there will probably be an additional training requirement.  Ask your ADC(AT) to assign a Training Adviser so you can discuss what’s needed.  It maybe you just need to re-validate some modules if you’re working with a different section, or it may be there are totally new modules added.

First Response

You may have seen the update from Gilwell on First Response.  The course has been updated – there are now 2 theory sessions of 2 hours each, and 1 practical session of 2 hours.  The Region will start running the theory over Zoom as soon as we can (training resources are expected very soon) and the practical when we are allowed to do so.  The concept of the refresher course will no longer exist – the 6 hours are required every 3 years.  We continue to accept external qualifications so long as they meet the requirements specified on the Scout website here.

Training Calendar

We’re starting to build the calendar for next year – a few courses are already available to book, and more will be added.  We also have some in November this year; Scouting for All, Introduction to Residential Experiences, Growing the Section and Running Safe Activities.  We also have the GSL workshop ‘Supporting Training in your Group’ being re-run on 01/12.  All are available to book on the Region’s website here.


Not strictly a training issue, but I’ve been asked to remind you that the 90-day grace period for PVGs has ended.  All adults need to have a PVG in place, so please complete the form and return it as arranged in your district.

Safety Training

The Scouts take safety of our members very seriously, and all adults are required to keep their Safety training up to date.   There have been instances of young people being seriously injured and in (fortunately very few) tragic cases, killed. 

There’s a mandatory online course on the scout website here that takes about 30 – 45 minutes to complete.  The roles which have to complete this training were recently extended so that nearly all adult members are now required to do this. Unfortunately recent statistics from Scottish Headquarters show that 11% of adults in SE Region are not compliant. The safety of all members, adults and young people, is vitally important for all of us in our Scouting roles and this training is an important part of this.

If you have recently had an email from Tim Kidd asking you to do this:

  • If you have completed the course, please send the completion certificate to your GSL, a Training Adviser in your District or your ADC (Adult Training) to allow them to update Compass. If you cannot contact any of these people please email the certificate to me (
  • We recognise that for some leaders, issues, such as technology, make it more difficult to complete the training. If you have an issue that prevents you from completing the training please speak to your GSL / DC to identify a flexible solution to allow you to complete the training.
  • If you believe you should not need to do this please speak to your DC (DRC for Regional roles), as if this is a mandatory requirement for your role, failure to complete it will lead to mutually agreed restrictions being added to your role.

For Managers – the following refers to GSLs for all group roles, DCs for District roles, ASU Managers, DRCs for Regional roles. Don’t forget your Execs! 

Please check Compass records for all adult members in your area of responsibility:

  • If the individual is no longer in role, have the role closed in Compass.
  • Identify anyone whose Safety is out of date, and contact them to agree when it will be completed. Follow up to ensure it’s done and Compass updated.
  • If someone has an issue that prevents them from completing the training, please contact the Regional Safety Adviser, Russell Shoulder, to agree the way forward.
  • If you have had any completion certificates submitted to you and are unsure how to update Compass, please contact your ADC(AT) or myself.

Exactly the same principles apply to Safeguarding, though our stats are a little better at 9% non-compliance.  This is still too high though, so needs to be addressed in the same way as above.

If you have questions please contact your ADC (Adult Training) in the first instance – they are all full of useful information.

Mary Dick
ARC (Adult Training) 

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Training Update December 2020

Training Update October 2020

You’ve probably seen emails from Gilwell about changes to training requirements.  Getting Started now MUST be completed within 5 months of the appointment start date, but the good news is that almost all can be done online, and better yet, all the online resources are in one place on the Scout website,     

There are changes to what is required for various roles, but in summary:

  • All of Getting Started must be completed within 5 months of the role start date.
  • Every adult member (not PVG only) needs to do the following, all are available online and no further validation is required:
    1. Essential Information
    2. Safety
    3. Safeguarding
    4. GDPR
  • Section Leaders, Assistant Leaders and Section Assistants also need:
    1. Personal Learning Plan (usually blank apart from Getting Started for Section Assistants)
    2. Tools for the Role (Section Leaders).
  • GSLs, Deputy GSLs, DCs, Deputy DCs, ADCs, DESCs, ARCs, ASU Managers etc. also need:
    1.  Personal Learning Plan
    2.  Tools for the Role (Managers and Supporters).
  • Executive Committee members (including Section Leaders who sit on Group Execs) also need:
    1. Trustee Introduction. 

Tools for the Role – both varieties – can be done online, via Zoom or similar, or can (when we’re green) be done face to face.  Your Assistant DC (Adult Training) will be able to share local plans with you.

It’s not strictly a training issue, but to move your role to Full you also need to have satisfactory references, PVG and Appointments Committee approval within the first 5 months.  If your District Appointments Secretary has been in touch about any of these please do get back to them.

Gilwell are really pushing on compliance with completion requirements for Getting Started, Safety, Safeguarding and GDPR, so if these are not up to date, or your PLP, Essential Information and Tools for the Role are not validated in Compass PLEASE speak to your Training Adviser, GSL, or ADC (Adult Training) for help with moving it forwards.  Ignoring the emails from Tim Kidd is not an option.

For those who have Full appointments, the next challenge for most roles is the Wood Badge.  It should be completed within 3 years of appointment start date, so if the clock is ticking, or you are already over 3 years please have a look to see what’s outstanding and how you can fill the gaps.  SHQ has produced a guide to validation while we’re in some form of lockdown, have a look and see what you can validate now

I think every district in the Region is short of Training Advisers, so if you know anyone who’s good at communicating with adults please point them towards the Assessing Learning module on 20th October.  I’m not saying it’s popular, but I see someone from Carnoustie has booked a place!  We also have a Region-wide shortage of training Advisers for Managers and Supporters (TAMS), so if you would like to help support people new to these roles please let me know.

If you have questions please contact your ADC (Adult Training) in the first instance – they are all full of useful information.

Mary Dick
ARC (Adult Training) 

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Opportunity to Undertake International Module Online

Opportunity to Undertake International Module Online

Do you need to undertake the International module to help you complete your Wood Badge training requirements? There is an opportunity to complete the learning for this module online on Saturday 15th August 2020.

This module will explain the worldwide nature of Scouting as well as detailing how international aspects feature in the Programme. Time will also be spent on discussing how to obtain resources, ideas and material to support the international aspects of the section’s programme.

The training will be delivered by Malcolm Dear and Sean Sessions from the Highlands & Islands training team. Further information can be found from the attached flyer

To register your interest in the online course please complete this form by 12th August.

Adult Training Update August 2020

Adult Training Update August 2020

Well, the traditional date for restarting after the Summer break is fast approaching, so it’s time to blow the virtual dust off the Personal Learning Plan, check the training calendar, and get some quality training booked.  We have a number of sessions in the calendar already, so please access the Region’s website and make some bookings.  All will be delivered via Zoom at present.   I hope to have most of the other modules added soon, so check for updates to see what’s there.  I’ve added a ‘Register of Interest’ event on 31/10 to allow you to let me know if something you want isn’t available or already fully booked.  I’ve also added an Overview of the Manager & Supporter Training Scheme – this is aimed at anyone in these Manager & Supporter roles who aren’t sure what the requirements are, e.g. GSLs, AGSLs, DCs, ADCs, DDCs, ARCs, ASU Managers etc.

If you book a place on any course, please ensure you cancel at the earliest possible opportunity if your plans change.  Last minute cancellations or failure to cancel means the place cannot be offered to another leader.  Sadly, there have been recent cases of people not joining the call with no advance notice.

If you’ve been on the receiving end of an email from Tim Kidd about your Getting Started or mandatory ongoing learning for Safety or Safeguarding please do take heed and get yourself up to date.  It’s all online, so can be done at a time of your choosing.  You are most unlikely to have been sent the email if it’s not required for your role.   Please note that a recent change to rules means that Executive Committee members are now required to complete Safeguarding and Safety on an ongoing basis.   If you have a problem with it please ask for help – if you don’t the problem won’t go away. Most can be easily resolved by speaking to a Training Adviser, Assistant District Commissioner (Adult Training) or myself.  When you complete the online training save a screenshot of the completion certificate and send it to a Training Adviser or ADC (AT) so they can update Compass for you.  Remember, the clue is in the word ‘mandatory’.  It would be hugely helpful if GSLs and DCs would check the training records for those in their groups or districts, and provide whatever encouragement or support that may be needed to get it done.  Please contact me if you need any help with Compass.

Many of you will have seen the information from Gilwell about First Aid training. Firstly, we are given 6 months extension on expired certificates from the end of lockdown, so if you had a current certificate before lockdown you will still be covered. Secondly, it’s now possible to deliver the theory element via Zoom, and have people cover the practical element when it’s safe for us to run face to face again.  We’re working on getting that up and running as soon as we can.   At present, Compass tells me that there are over 400 people needing First Aid so please be patient.  Courses will be organised at the earliest opportunity, and as many of them as we can, but obviously we will need to manage the allocation of places.

If you have any questions about training please contact your ADC (Adult Training) in the first instance, or email me at

Title* Date Notes
Fundamentals of Scouting (05) 20/08/2020
Administration (11) 26/08/2020
Introduction to Residential Experiences (16) 27/08/2020
International (19) 01/09/2020
Delivering a Quality Programme (12A) & Programme Planning (12B) 31/08/2020 & 07/09/2020 Attendees must be able to attend both dates.
Scouting for All (07) 03/09/2020
Running Safe Activities (17) 09/09/2020
Growing the Section (13) 10/09/2020
Overview of Manager & Supporter Training Scheme 16/09/2020
Introduction to Residential Experiences (16) 17/09/2020
Running Safe Activities (17) 22/09/2020
Fundamentals of Scouting (05) 24/09/2020
Scouting for All (07) 01/10/2020
Growing the Section (13) 15/10/2020
International (19) 05/11/2020

* The module numbers are indicated in brackets at the end of the title to help track the modules on Compass and match them to existing documents.

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Wood (Badge) you Believe It?

I’ve been chatting to a few people in the Region, including some who are generally switched on to training requirements, and found not all are aware of when additional Wood Badges are needed.

Does it matter?  Yes.  Yes, it does because we all need to have the right skills and knowledge for the role we’re doing.  Being awarded a Wood Badge on completion of training for one role need not mean that you have all the knowledge required for another role.  The Wood Badge is role-specific so if you move from working with Beavers to working with Scouts you need to review your training, and re-validate some modules.  For example, the programme will look very different (Programme Planning) the factors that influence, motivate and possibly concern the young people will be different (Supporting Young People).  Other role changes are more significantly different, e.g. Section Leader to GSL, so different training is needed.

If you have (or had) more than one role in Scouting, please check Compass to see if any current roles that need a Wood Badge have got a Wood Badge, and if not speak to a Training Adviser or your ADC (Adult Training) to discuss what you need to do.  You have 3 years from the start of the role, so you’ll be able to judge whether or not you’re on track to complete on time by the gaps in your Personal Learning Plan. 

GSLs and DCs – Please check Compass for the people in your Group / District who may be impacted by this and provide whatever support may be needed. 

Not all roles have a Wood Badge, here are some examples of those that do, and do not.

Wood Badge required:

Section Leaders (and Assistant Leaders)

Group Scout Leaders (and assistants) 

Commissioners (and deputies / assistants) 

Manager of Active Support Unit

Wood Badge not required: 

Section Assistants

Executive Committee members 

Members of Active Support Unit

Appointment Committee Members

Skills Instructors

Your local, friendly ADC (Adult Training) will be able to help if you have any questions, or email me at 

Mary Dick
ARC (Adult Training)




Who Says We Can’t Do Training?

Who Says We Can’t Do Training?

We’re living in different times just now, so we need to do things a little differently.  You’ll have seen the information about the e-learning that’s always been available on the Scout website at As always, Safety, Safeguarding and Getting Started are the priorities.

We’re also piloting a virtual training session using the Zoom platform.  Participants will need to download Zoom in advance and will be sent details of the ‘meeting’. They will then sit in the comfort of their own homes, refreshment at their elbow, and on 12th May at 7.30pm will join in a session on Administration (module 11).   

We’re already looking at offering other modules in this way, Assessing Learning (25) for prospective Training Advisers is next on the list. All courses will be posted on the website in the training calendar as usual, and I’ll let the ADCs know what’s on so they can spread the word.  

It would be really good to get some feedback on what works well (or not so well!) and what you would find most useful.   Please feel free to email  Be aware that I’m still working though, so won’t be able to reply instantly!

Take care, and stay safe.

Mary Dick
ARC (Adult Training)