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Devon Scouts

Adult Selection for WSJ in North America
6th May 2017

Well what a weekend we all had at Caddihoe! Over 100 scouts and Explorers had fun whilst assisting in selecting the leaders to take our young people...

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Training FAQ's

Do I have to attend training courses?

That depends on how much you already know and how you prefer to learn. The scheme takes into account prior experience and existing knowledge and offers various different learning methods. A module is only complete when a TA validates it for you: attending a training course doesnít mean that you have completed a module Ė you will still need to demonstrate to a TA that you have the knowledge and skills required Ė but equally you donít need to attend training if you are already confident that you can do everything required. Your Adultís Personal File sets out exactly what you need to do to have each module validated.

How long will my training take?

There is no minimum time: if you already have all of the knowledge and skills required then the only limitation is how much time you and your TA have available to get the modules validated.  However, by agreeing to take on the role you do commit to complete your training within specified time limits:

Getting Started: Modules 1-3 (leader) or 1, 2 and 4 (managers): these three modules cover the basic skills required for your role and they must be completed within five months of your appointment.You must complete the remaining modules within three years of your appointment.

These time limits can be enforced and if you fail to have the modules validated within the time limits your appointment may be suspended. We do understand that there will sometimes be good reasons as to why you have been unable to do everything within these time limits, but you must ensure that your manager is aware if this is the case. Ensuring that our leaders are properly trained is very important Ė it means that parents and young people can have confidence in what we do.

Who is responsible for my training?


As an adult volunteer it is up to you to make sure that you have done all of the training that you need to do. That said, there are plenty of other people who will be there to guide you through the process and remind you of what you need to be doing. 

Your line manager 
For Section Leaders this will be your Group Scout Leader (GSL). For some managers this will be the District Commissioner (DC). Your line manager will be able to give you advice on training and will keep an eye on your progress, so they may remind you that you have modules to complete or prompt you to make contact with your Training Adviser. 

Your Training Adviser (TA) 
Your Training Adviser will talk to you about what you need to do and how you are going to validate all of the different modules. You will be given your TAís contact details and you should get in touch with them as soon possible. However, donít be surprised if they contact you if they have not heard from you within a couple of weeks of your appointment, as they will be keen to get a first meeting arranged. 

When and where you meet is up to you and your TA Ė it will often be at either their house or your house but itís also fine to meet at a Scout hut, in a cafť or even at the pub if thatís what suits you both. When you meet your TA itís always a good idea to arrange a time for your next meeting, to ensure that you keep things moving 

Please do remember that your TA is not responsible for training you or for telling you what training you need to do (though they can point you in the right direction). It is up to you to make your own arrangements for completing the required learning. 

Your Local Training Manager (LTM) 
Your Local Training Manager is responsible for managing the training provision within your District. If you have any questions before you are told who your TA is, or if you would prefer not to contact your TA for any reason (perhaps because things just arenít working out with them) do feel free to get in touch with your LTM.

How can I see what training Iíve had validated?

You should keep your own paper record, either in your Adultís Personal File or on the separate sheet which your Training Adviser provides. Make sure you ask him or her to sign your paper record for you. 

In addition your TA will record all of your training in your member record on the Scout database. You can access your own record once you have created an online account: go to www.scouts.org.uk and click on the Register Now! link in the top right hand corner. You will need your membership number to register Ė if youíre not sure what this is just ask your TA or LTM. Once you have registered you can login and then click My Profile to see your details, including your training record. Signing up online also allows you to keep your personal details up to date and gives you access to extra resources

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