Wednesday, 22 December 2010

To be a Good Trainer Learn to be Yourself

At a recent Train the Trainer course in Glasgow, I was asked what would be the one piece of advice I would give to anyone who wants to be a trainer?

A number of thoughts flashed through my head, including advice about keeping your group as active as possible; the importance of planning; evaluation, and not trying to cram too much into an allocated time frame.

Despite these and many other important points I settled on the simple idea that to be a good trainer you need to learn to be yourself.

Far too many times I see trainers adopting "training room alter egos" or attempting to imitate another trainer they admire. And equally too often I observe groups seeing right through these fake identities.

The world consists of nearly seven billion people and every one of us is different. That's what we need to remember. Our personality will dictate the kind of person we are in the training room, so just go with the flow. By allowing your own personality to shine through, your group will see you are an honest and genuine person, and that is one of the main building blocks when it comes to developing a relationship with your group.

Whilst it's important to know about learning styles, planning, course content and evaluation, if you are new to training then learn how to be yourself, the other skills you will learn and develop as your career progresses.

If you're looking for a Train the Trainer course that is both innovative and affordable then take a look at Gary Bedingfield Training Services at www.garybedingfield.co.uk

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Innovative and Affordable Train the Trainer Courses

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, but serving all of the United Kingdom, Gary Bedingfield Training Services offer a comprehensive range of Train the Trainer courses that have established themselves as leaders in the field of trainer/facilitator education.

Training is a difficult area and finding reliable, efficient training companies who know what they’re doing and can deliver training in a dynamic, effective and affordable way is the burden of many organisations. With more than 12 years experience in the training industry we specialise in offering short intervention training based on developing the skills of your trainers/facilitators.

Our range of Train the Trainer courses are available to you as introductory courses for new trainers and for those with an existing training background. If you are new to training then Introduction to Training is the ideal course for you. If you have been a trainer/facilitator for some time but want to further develop your skills then Train the Trainer, designed to help you see ways in which you can become a better, more effective trainer, is the course for you. And then you can follow up with Train the Trainer Phase 2, our advanced trainer training course. All of our courses are intensive but fun and delivered over one or two days, exploring areas such as learning styles, resources, delivery styles, evaluation and dealing with challenging behaviour.

Train the Trainer
An innovative and motivational 2-day Train the Trainer programme

Whether you are new to training or have a number of years experience, this course helps you see ways in which you can become a better, more effective trainer. The course is intensive and delivered over two days, exploring areas such as learning styles, training resources, delivery styles, evaluation and dealing with challenging behaviour. It consists of five trainer-led sessions followed by a micro-training session, where you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your training skills.

At the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Recognise the different learning styles and adapt your training accordingly
  • Plan and design training to gain commitment and enthusiasm
  • Safely supervise practical training
  • Check that your training is effective and that learning has occurred

The Train the Trainer course is delivered over two days and consists of five trainer-led sessions followed by a micro-training session and questionnaire, where you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your training skills. The sessions are as follows:

Session 1 How We Learn
Session 2 Delivering Training
Session 3 Planning a Training Session
Session 4 Running a Training Session and Supervising Practical Training
Session 5 Ending a Training Session and Evaluating
Session 6 Micro-training Session and Questionnaire

Duration: 2 days
Location: Delivered at your premises
Cost: £350* per group (maximum group size of 5) or £500* per group (between 6 and 8 group members)

Train the Trainer Phase 2
The second phase of our innovative and motivational Train the Trainer course

Phase 2 of the Train the Trainer course is only available to candidates who have completed Train the Trainer with Gary Bedingfield Training Services. It is a natural progression from Train the Trainer and explores training strategies, content choice and group dynamics among many other topics. The course is intensive and delivered over two days. It consists of six trainer-led sessions followed by a micro-training session, where candidates will have an opportunity to demonstrate their training skills.

At the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Manage energy levels in your group
  • Choose appropriate delivery methods and content
  • Integrate assessment to ensure learning aims and objectives are achieved
  • Plan appropriately to develop a dynamic training programme
  • Use effective evaluation
The sessions are as follows:

Session 1 Getting Learners Ready to Learn
Session 2 Choosing Training Strategies
Session 3 Choosing the Right Content
Session 4 Integrating Assessment
Session 5 Planning for Learning
Session 6 Effective Evaluation
Session 7 Micro-training Session and Questionnaire

Duration: 2 days
Location: Delivered at your premises
Cost: £350* per group (between 4 and 6 candidates)

Introduction to Training
A 1-day introductory course for trainers who are new to the world of training and facilitation

This course is a development of our popular Train the Trainer course and is aimed at staff members who are new to the training world. As most trainers will tell you, entering a training room for the first time can be a daunting and nerve-racking experience, and this course aims to make that experience as easy as possible, introducing you to the basics of training and helping you to quickly become an effective and confident trainer. The course consists of five trainer-led sessions and is delivered over one day in a friendly and interactive environment.

At the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Recognise the different learning styles
  • Plan and design training to gain commitment and enthusiasm
  • Safely supervise practical training
  • Check that your training is effective and that learning has occurred
The sessions are as follows:

Session 1 How We Learn
Session 2 Delivering Training
Session 3 Planning a Training Session
Session 4 Running a Training Session
Session 5 Ending a Training Session and Evaluating

Duration: 1 day
Location: Delivered at your premises
Cost: £250* per group (maximum group size of 5) or £350* per group (between 6 and 8 group members)

Programme Design and Development
A 1-day course that focuses on designing and developing training programmes

Programme Design and Development is a one day course aimed at helping trainers understand the process of designing and developing training courses and individual training sessions.

The course consists of eight sessions and at the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Develop course content
  • Select training and learning strategies
  • Select training and learning resources
  • Select methods of monitoring and reviewing learning
  • Develop methods of assessing achievement
  • Select methods of evaluation

The sessions are as follows:

Session 1 Planning for Learning
Session 2 How We Learn
Session 3 Training and Learning Resources
Session 4 Choosing Training and Learning Strategies
Session 5 Integrating Assessment
Session 6 Evaluation
Session 7 Designing a Programme
Session 8 Designing Individual Training Sessions

Duration: 1 day
Location: Delivered at your premises
Cost: £250* per group (maximum group size of 5) or £350* per group (between 6 and 8 group members)


*All courses are priced for delivery within a 50 mile radius of Glasgow. Courses delivered outside that area incur an additional travel cost which is kept to a minimum. Please contact us for details.


Here's what people are saying about our Train the Trainer courses:


"An exemplary delivery of the training course. The information communicated was extremely helpful as well as being able to watch how it was done.”


"Very good course, really enjoyed it. Very well structured and relevant to the job."


"I was kept interested throughout the course and feel more confident about conducting a training session."


"I really enjoyed the course and feel that it would really improve the service. Very much improved my confidence."


"I have taken so much away from this course that I will re-vamp my current workshops completely!"


"The course was great to refresh my skills and knowledge and has made me focus much more on the importance of formally preparing training sessions."


"Very well delivered, informative course which emphasized areas in my training which need to be improved and also provided a very interesting review of training in general."


"Very useful tips given and excellent section on designing a lesson plan and programme design."


"This course refreshed my memory of different styles and techniques, also great ideas for training sessions and how to vary them."


"Very useful in terms of planning a training session and how to use different training aids to vary activities."



So, if you're looking for training that will get your trainers motivated and better equipped; feel free to give us a call to see how we can help you. We can assure you of great flexibility, a professional attitude and very reasonable rates.


Gary Bedingfield Training Services
Providing innovative training to learners of all ages
5 Pineview Court
Glasgow
G15 7QT

Tel: 07847 517161 or 0141 944 4206

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New Courses for 2011

As the New Year rapidly approaches it's time to look at additional courses we currently have in the pipeline. In addition to our comprehensive range of Train the Trainer and Employability Skills courses, Gary Bedingfield Training Services will be offering the following in 2011:

  • Customer Service
  • Writing for the Web
  • Computers for Beginners
  • Using Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Using Microsoft Word
  • Using Microsoft Excel
  • Using the Internet
  • Effective Evaluation

Keep an eye on our website www.garybedingfield.co.uk for further news of these programmes.

Visit Gary Bedingfield Training Services website at www.garybedingfield.co.uk