"Coming from the coalface of assessing in the workplace, this book is the best reference tool I have in my tool bag. Use it, be guided by it and be thankful for it!"
Alison Roebuck, Hospitality Trainer/Assessor/IQA
"I run Train the Trainer courses and can see myself using this book with the kind of learners who attend. These are people whose vocational expertise is great but may not have formal training in how to plan and deliver, so the core themes of the book are very appropriate."
Wendy Horrex, Trainer in Professional Development, West Sussex College
"The guide is pitched at the right level and I found the section on delivery really useful. It will greatly support all kinds of trainers. By clearly identifying the different roles at the beginning, you can see how to adapt elements of the guide to suit your own role and you can see what will work for you and what won’t."
Sara Morton, Head of Quality, Lifetime Training

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. 

Sally Garbett, the Vocational Programmes Manager at St Christopher’s, 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.”