Help your most knowledgeable employees develop your next wave of occupationally competent and motivated staff with an Education and training (EAT) course.
When you’re good at something people tend to notice.
This is how many trainers start their journey. They are often the employees who are occupationally competent in valuable workplace skills and as the need for a compliant and skilled workforce grows, they are asked to help replicate their standards throughout the team.
Leveraging in-house skills often offers a real time solution for employer’s training needs, however it can leave one of your best staff members out on a limb.
The skills that stood out initially are not necessarily the skills they will need to be the best trainer.
Irrespective of in which sector a trainer works, whether it’s construction, health and social care or anywhere else their responsibilities are the same; to achieve the best learning outcome for their learners. But there is more to good training than the transfer of knowledge from trainer to learner and meeting the many differing needs of learners can be challenging.
So, what’s needed to be the best trainer? As mentioned, it’s more than just passing the trainer’s specialist knowledge on to the learner; it’s about engagement, a framework for learning and adaptability.
One of the fundamental requirements to make the learning experience a successful one for everyone is the ability of the trainer to fully engage with the learner. But learner engagement isn’t something that happens at random points along the course. It needs a well thought out learning framework where the trainer can engage with the learner on multiple levels, such as this model which is the foundation of Menter Training’s Education and Training course.
The learning Cycle
By identifying learner needs as the first step in the engagement process, the trainer creates building blocks upon which the course structure can be built. Step by step over the length of the course, the trainer’s engagement with the learner deepens as they become more invested in learning.
But to be the best, a trainer also needs to be flexible in their approach to learning. The model above not only provides a structure for training delivery, it also incorporates tools and techniques to assist the trainer to ‘think on their feet’ and be flexible in order to meet their student’s learning objectives. Here’s an example: if a learner is struggling to provide a written assessment of a case study, the trainer may consider alternative ways of gauging the learner’s knowledge, understanding and competency by asking them to present a verbal assessment.
How can an Education and Training course help your best succeed?
Whether they’re new to training or having been working as a trainer for a while, an accredited Education and Training qualification can elevate their career to the next level by equipping them with the skills needed to be the best trainer they can be.
An Education and Training Level 3 is a knowledge-based qualification designed to imbue those who are new to training or looking to become a trainer with the confidence and knowhow to train in the private and public sectors. There is no ‘previous training practice’ requirement which means your employee can use their valuable workplace skills immediately to transition into a training role.
The Education and Training Level 4 is aimed at those who are currently training and is designed to give them a broader knowledge across the across the legislative, equality and diversity landscape as well as an in-depth understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a trainer. The advanced nature of an Education and Training Level 4 means a more sophisticated application of knowledge, understanding and skill in the initial and diagnostic assessment tasks will be required.
Not only will an Education and Training course teach your employees how to meet learner’s needs by engaging with them on multiple levels, it can help standardise your company’s training through a professional, structured, consistent training programme. Too many times employers find themselves having to retrain employees to comply with their industry regulators because of poor training and, often, at great expense! In a world where the quality of training can be variable, an Education and Training qualification is the standard bearer in helping your best be the best.
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