The best vocational trainer’s guide
This comprehensive guide is for trainers and employers delivering vocational training in the further education and skills sector. Based on best practice in planning learning, training and coaching work-based learners, the guide draws on the knowledge and experience of experts and practitioners, with many real-life examples. It will help users gain the skills they need as they develop their practice, showing them how to link their training to the workplace. It is an indispensable companion for all those responsible for learning in the workplace or who are working towards a teaching qualification.
The guide contains help with:
- Teaching, training and learning in the workplace: What the research says, the employer’s perspective, different roles, principles of effective workbased teaching and learning, and practical ways of implementing them.
- The different ways of planning for workplace learning including embedding English maths and ICT.
- Delivering learning, including a useful section on workplace coaching.
- Assessing learning: initial formative and summative assessment and where these fit.
- Reflecting on performance – for trainers and learners.
There are links to the Award and Certificate in Education and Training (AET and CET) at the end of each section.
How one employer uses The best vocational trainer’s guide as their foundation for Learning and Development Apprenticeships
Hospices have education at their core as developing the skills of others to provide end of life care is crucial to meeting the needs of an ageing population. St Christopher’s hospice has a “grow your own” policy for staff development of which apprenticeships play an important part and where Health Care Support Workers, Assistant Practitioners and Managers undertake apprenticeships as part of their career progression. The hospice has also been involved in developing Health, Nursing Associate and Social Worker Apprenticeships and is now using Learning and Development Apprenticeships as a vehicle for qualifying more of their staff to teach and support future apprentices across the organisation.
Sally Garbett, the Vocational Programmes Manager, uses The Best Vocational Trainer’s Guide to support the Certificate in Learning and Development. She says:
“We have 6 of our own staff and 7 from other hospices undertaking the Level 3 Certificate in Learning and Development as part of their apprenticeship. All are employees and mature learners with a variable amount of experience in developing others but no formal teaching qualifications. Some are part time, some full time, some clinical, others from retail or fundraising departments. The learning involves 6 days face-to-face teaching followed by a great deal of near the job coaching and observation. This holistic approach to teaching and learning sits perfectly alongside the guide which is written to support the process of teaching, learning and reflection rather than taking a unit-by-unit approach based on the qualification. Hilary’s guide is a perfect companion to the learning as it leads the reader through the process of excellent teaching and work-related learning, introducing the underpinning theories in a practical way. We direct learners to specific chapters in the book to support them in completing the assessment activities we have developed. The learners are delighted to receive a text book to keep. To them, it acts a commentary to guide their practice rather than an academic text. Always professional, with a great use of spacing and diagrams, they feel valued to have this quality publication rather than a series of paper handouts or access to an electronic learning resource.”