C&K Careers were recently commissioned by Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) National Collaborative Outreach Project (NCOP), to develop a bespoke ‘Train the Trainer’ course. The course was designed to support key influencers to help young people make informed choices providing them with up to date information and an understanding of the routes to higher education (HE)
There were two elements to the project:
- checking, quality assuring, organising and indexing the GHWY resource pack
- developing and delivering an accredited ‘Train the trainer’ programme to roll out use of the resource pack.
GHWY provided C&K Careers with an initial pack of 60+ HE preparation resources. The materials included session plans, presentations, handouts, videos, animations, quizzes and other activities, and links to useful websites. Information and career advice specialists from C&K Careers checked each resource and also created new resources to fill identified gaps. All the resources were mapped against the Gatsby Benchmarks to demonstrate how they could be used by schools to support their achievement of the Benchmarks.
Verbal feedback on the resource materials from course participants during the training sessions was extremely positive regarding the quality, suitability and coverage of the content.
Train the trainer training
The second element of the project was for C&K Careers staff to design and deliver training around the use of the resource packs. A ‘train the trainer model’ was developed whereby a member of staff from a school (or other setting) cascaded the training to colleagues who would then use the resources with students. The training also offered accredited modules of L4 and L6 Advice and Guidance qualifications.
32 staff including careers co-ordinators, careers advisers, school and college teachers and leaders and youth workers from organisations across West Yorkshire attended the training.
Delivery started in June 2018 and ran to the end of October 2018. The programme was delivered in 3 full-day sessions in central Leeds.
Feedback from participants of the training programme was extremely positive, they particularly valued
“Sharing ideas and best practice with professional from other areas/institutions.”
“Looking at the resources. Looking at how training your peers may differ from students.”
The ‘Train the Trainer’ programme supports schools to meet Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information and Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education. In addition, following training, teachers on the programme could influence the Career Education programme in their school meaning it also supports Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme.