Training update – March

Training update – March

Adult training

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New Venue

As we’re reintroducing more face-to-face training sessions there’s been a bit of discussion about training venues, and what works best for course attendees and trainers.   Essentially we need a hall that’s reasonable comfortable with: space large enough for the course, possibly including space for practical activities and / or break out groups; access to tea / coffee facilities; transport options – on a bus route and some parking available; and from the trainers’ perspective storage for the equipment.   The Hall owned by 31st Pentland (45 Lanark Road West, Currie, EH14 5JX) meets these criteria, and as a bonus there’s a wee Sainsbury’s almost next door if someone forgets their lunch!   The Region has reached agreement with the Group to use the hall for regular training sessions going forwards.

 

So does this venue suit everyone?  Of course not.  South East Region covers a significant area, and members from the Borders or East Lothian in particular are unlikely to find a venue in Edinburgh particularly convenient. If Districts have enough demand to make a local course viable and can arrange a suitable venue, I have no problem with asking trainers to take the training to the District. Please speak to your ADC (Adult Training) if you’d like to arrange this.    We’re also still running most modules for the Wood Badge on Zoom, so where someone is geographically makes no difference   One participant last week was on holiday in Spain – now there’s dedication!

We’re hoping to include some training events that aren’t specifically part of the Wood Badge, but are topics we hope will be of interest to some leaders.  To start if off, Martin Elliot and Melissa Meldrum (our new Regional Adviser (Inclusion)) will be running module 36, Adjustments to Scouts on 30th April, 10am – 1pm. This module has a particular focus on exploring additional support needs. It will help you gain a better understanding of how to facilitate and make reasonable adjustments in Scouts, in a way that’s constructive and effective.  Put it in your diary now – the Eventbrite link will be circulated as soon as possible. We’ve also had requests around Mental Health First Aid, Working with Young Leaders, and use of OSM.  These are on the list to be planned – again please speak to your ADC (AT) if you have other suggestions.

If you have had an email saying that your mandatory First Aid, Safety or Safeguarding are or soon will be out of date, please don’t ignore it. GDPR is also needed, but that one’s not repeated every 3 years – once is enough.  If you think the email was sent in error, please speak to your ADC(AT) – there are ‘features’ of Compass that could mean someone just need to copy information to a new role, but you need to tell them there’s a data problem.  Please
remember the purpose of these is to keep our young people safe – the word ‘mandatory’ is a clue.

If you’d like to be advised automatically of all courses in South East Scotland, create an account in Eventbrite, and follow South East Scotland Scouts Training Team on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/south-east-scotland-scouts-training-team-33113629115

Mary Dick
ARC (Adult Training) 
training@sesscouts.org.uk 

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Training update – February

Training update – February

Focus on First Response

Is your DC or GSL reminding you (again!) that your First Aid qualification needs to be renewed? Is it a bit difficult for you to get away for a day to do a face to face course? Did you know there’s an alternative?

Hampshire Scouts have developed an online training programme that has been approved for use anywhere in the UK.

1. Enrol with the Hampshire Scouts.
Go to https://hampshire-scouts.thinkific.com/courses/firstresponse and enrol. At this stage you will need to know your name and email address, and to create a password of your choosing. Work through the training. You can do it all in one sitting (around 2 – 2 ½ hours), or if you prefer, do some, then log in at a later date to do more until it’s complete. Most of the training is in short videos (typically around 3 minutes), some have additional text to read, a few topics are text only. When complete, fill in the Google form so I am advised that you have completed this part of the training. You’ll need to know your Region (South East) and your district.

2. Book onto a Confirmation Zoom session, led by a trainer.
These are about 2.5 hours, and designed to check everyone’s understanding and give the opportunity to ask questions. The first of these in SE is on 16/02/2022, and can be booked on Eventbrite on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256187954067. When this is complete, module 10A will be validated in Compass.

3. Book onto a module 10B session for the practical demonstration.
Those currently available are:
a. Saturday 19th February at 1.30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256126921517
b. Saturday 19th February at 2.30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256111766187
c. Saturday 12th March at 1.30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256126921517
d. Saturday 12th March at 2.30pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256128225417

We’re still running the traditional 1 day courses that cover modules 10A and 10B.

Those available just now are:
1. Sunday 13th February: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256113019937
2. Sunday 27th February: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256125116117
3. Sunday 13th March:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256130311657

For both 10B and the full course, all listed are at 31st Pentland Hall in Currie (full details in Eventbrite). Additional dates and venues will be added, depending on requirements. Speak to your ADC(Adult Training) if you think there are enough people locally to justify a course and you have a venue we can use.

Finally, for those who completed module 10A by 3 Zoom sessions last year, if you haven’t already done module 10B it is still needed.

Don’t make your GSL / DC come chasing!

Get ahead, be notified of new training dates:

If you’d like to be advised automatically of all courses in South East Scotland, create an account in Eventbrite, and follow South East Scotland Scouts Training Team on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/south-east-scotland-scouts-training-team-33113629115

NEWS: Mandatory Ongoing Learning Progress Report

Safety, Safeguarding and First Aid are mandatory ongoing learning for all learners and need to be completed every three years. Recently we have made some great progress with 96% and 95% of adult volunteers in South East Scotland Scouts region having completed Safety and Safeguarding modules respectively. Our target for these modules is 98% so we have a little way to go. Well done to Edinburgh North East, Pentland and Midlothian Districts who have achieved the 98% target. 

We also have made progress with First Aid Training with 90% completion and GDPR (which only needs to be done once) with 89% completion – again each of these has a 98% target so we need circa 120 members to undertake First Aid and 200 members to do their GDPR training. If you have not yet completed this training PLEASE do so as soon as you can. Thank you.

Courses coming up:  

Date 

Time 

Module 

Venue 

Eventbrite Link 

13/02/2022 

9.30am – 4pm 

First Response (10A and 10B) 

31st Pentland Hall, EH14 5JX 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256113019937 

27/02/2022 

9.30am – 4pm 

First Response (10A and 10B) 

31st Pentland Hall, EH14 5JX 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256125116117 

13/03/2022 

9.30am – 4pm 

First Response (10A and 10B) 

31st Pentland Hall, EH14 5JX 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256130311657 

19/02/2022 

1.30pm – 2.30pm 

First Response (10B only) 

31st Pentland Hall, EH14 5JX 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256126921517 

19/02/2022 

2.30pm – 3.30pm 

First Response (10B only) 

31st Pentland Hall, EH14 5JX 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256111766187 

12/03/2022 

1.30pm – 2.30pm 

First Response (10B only) 

31st Pentland Hall, EH14 5JX 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256126921517 

12/03/2022 

2.30pm – 3.30pm 

First Response (10B only) 

31st Pentland Hall, EH14 5JX 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256128225417 

06/02/2022 

10am – 12.30pm 

Growing the Section (13) 

88th Craigalmond Hall, EH12 7NW 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/212464646477 

06/02/2022 

1pm – 3.30p – 12.30pm 

Assessing Learning (25) 

88th Craigalmond Hall, EH12 7NW 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/212468006527 

16/02/2022 

7pm – 9.30pm 

First Response Confirmation (10A) 

Zoom 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/256187954067 

24/02/2022 

7pm – 9.30pm 

Skills of Leadership (08) 

Zoom 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/257013784147 

02/03/2022 

7pm – 9.30pm 

Working with Adults (09) 

Zoom 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/257028939477 

28/02/2022 

7pm – 9.30pm 

Administration (11) 

Zoom 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/257470068907 

10/03/2022 

7pm – 9.30pm 

Introduction to Residential Experiences (16) 

Zoom 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/259103374167 

16/03/2022 

7pm – 9.30pm 

Running Safe Activities (17) 

Zoom 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/259105610857  

 

 

November Training Update

November Training Update

Hold the front page!!!

 

Several people have been asking about First Response courses, I’m delighted to say we have the first few dates confirmed, and will have more coming online very soon.

A recent survey highlighted that several people are available midweek, so some courses are being run midweek in addition to the more traditional weekend dates. All sessions are face to face, and we have a risk assessment in place. The risk assessment applies to both 10B only and the full course, and some of the key points are:

· All concerned are to wear a mask (unless exempt) and to use hand sanitiser

· All should maintain a distance of 1m from each other

· Numbers of attendees are restricted to 12 per session

· Good ventilation will be maintained in the training venue

· Each manikin will be allocated to an individual for each session and will be cleaned between each session

· We will not ask anyone to demonstrate rescue breaths on the manikin, just chest compressions

Module 10B only is the practical demonstration and is available to the 255 people who completed the 3 theory sessions over Zoom earlier this year. If module 10A is not validated in Compass you are not eligible for module 10B. There will be multiple sessions for 10B in a single day; participants will be able to book the time slot they prefer. Please arrive promptly for your time slot to avoid any delay building up over the day; but not too early as we want the previous group to have time to depart. Extrasensory perception of the traffic conditions on your route to the training venue will clearly help with this!

First Response full course is modules 10A and 10B in a single all-day session.

As the demand is huge, it’s vitally important that if you can’t attend you MUST cancel your booking in Eventbrite at the earliest possible opportunity to allow another Leader to use the place. Lists of non-attendees (who have not cancelled) will be distributed to Districts.

 

Date Day Course Type Link
06/11/2021 Saturday Full https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/202045181577
09/11/2021 Tuesday Full https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/202048862587
11/11/2021 Thursday 10B only https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/202051360057
13/11/2021 Saturday Full https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/202049755257
15/11/2021 Monday Full https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/202050236697
21/11/2021 Sunday 10B only https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/202053867557
26/11/2021 Friday 10B only https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/202054840467
Finally – don’t panic if you can’t immediately book a course.  We have until the end of January, and more dates will be added to meet the demand.  We’ll also have some held in East Lothian, Midlothian and Borders so leaders there don’t need to travel to Edinburgh – unless they really want to! 

If it seems a long time since the theory was covered, you may want to watch some of the St John’s Ambulance videos we used, some links are below.
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  https://www.scouts.scot/media/2310/validation-guides.pdf

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)
training@sesscouts.org.uk 

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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.

PVG

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 (Training@sesscouts.org.uk)
  • 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)
training@sesscouts.org.uk 

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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,  https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/learning-development-and-awards/getting-started-training/     

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  https://www.scouts.scot/media/2310/validation-guides.pdf

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)
training@sesscouts.org.uk 

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