Have you heard about the new Manager and Supporter training?  If not, here are 10 key facts about how the Region is handling the new national training for Managers and Supporters.

1. Who is it for?

Managers, e.g. all Group Scout Leaders (GSLs), Assistant GSLs, District Commissioners (DCs); and Supporters, e.g. Assistant Regional Commissioners.  From 1 July 2017 if you are in one of these roles, you must complete this new training if:

  • you are in post but have not already completed the old training and already got the relevant Wood Badge for your role, or
  • if you are a new Manager or Supporter.


2. Who organises it?

Scouts Scotland now organise the specific manager and supporter training (part 3 in point 4 below) – please note this is no longer organised by South East Region.  Read more about the scheme in more detail on the UK website at https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=23,864


3. How long does it take?

You have three years from the date of your appointment starting as a Manager or a Supporter to complete the training.


4. What does it consist of?

There are three parts to the new training:

  1. Getting Started – modules 1, 2 and 4 in the current Module Matrix and organised by the Districts
  2. Training for All Appointments – modules 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12A in the current Module Matrix and organised by the SES Regional Training Team
  3. Leadership and Management Training – this part is new and structured around six core skill areas of leadership and management plus a module of safety.  It is split into two elements.
    • Independent Learning Units – this covers the knowledge required by learners to understand the key topics of leadership and management and related Scouting processes.  The 16 learning units are mainly short videos and workbooks and their is no validation for them.
    • Skills courses – this part consists of three courses where learners have an opportunity to discuss and demonstrate different skills relating to leadership and management.
      1. Skills of Management – this covers areas such as leadership styles, team building, motivation, effective communication, active listening, induction and reviews.  It is a 2-day residential course and costs £50.
      2. Meeting the Challenges – this one day course covers topics such as how to tackle difficult reviews, disputes, suspension, complaints and managing safeguarding incidents.
      3. Achieving Growth – this one day course covers topics such as growth, development planning and the recruitment and retention of young people and adult volunteers.The one day courses cost £5 each.


5. Can I transfer any of my learning under the old scheme?

Yes.  Prior learning will be taken into consideration and training completed under the old scheme can be used to validate certain criteria as part of the new scheme.  See http://scouts.org.uk/media/794504/Scotland-Leadership-and-Management-Training-FAQs-Nov-2016.pdf for more details.


6. Must I do the work in a particular order?

Yes,  Before participating in a Skills course, Managers or Supporters must have completed Getting Started, Training for all Appointments and the Independent Learning Units.


7. How can I book on the Skills courses?

You book directly onto the Scouts Scotland website at https://www.scouts.scot/news-events/news/new-skills-courses-for-managers-and-supporters where you can find details of all the courses.  You must discuss with your ADC AT if you want to go on a course and Margery Naylor, the Assistant Regional Commissioner, Adult Training, must agree.


8. Do I need a special Training Adviser?

Yes.  All learners should have a special Training Adviser for Managers and Supporters (TA MS) to assist you.  Isabel McNab, Team Leader in the Regional Training Team, is organising their recruitment.  Your ADC AT or your TA can contact her to organise this.  See the Adult’s Personal File for Managers and Supporters (http://members.scouts.org.uk/factsheets/APFMS.pdf) which outlines the learning that is appropriate to each role.


9. How will it be recorded on Compass?

In the same way as now – your training will be validated by your TA MS.  Your Wood Badge will be awarded on the recommendation of the ARC AT.  When a new Manager or Supporter role is added to Compass your PLP will display the Getting Started modules, the Training for All Appointments, and the Leadership and Management training.


10. Where can I get more information?

There is a great deal of info online at http://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/4673/launching-the-new-leadership-and-management-training and http://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/4673/launching-the-new-leadership-and-management-training or you can email Margery Naylor, ARC AT at training@sesscouts.org.uk.