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Training Pathway

As a new volunteer you will participate in a programme of training which helps to build your skills alongside gaining experience in a volunteer placement.

Adult Learning currently offer volunteering opportunities in both adult literacies and ESOL classes.  The training follows the same structure but the content is tailored to the specialism in which you are volunteering.

Training StageDetailTimescale
Foundation TrainingIntroduction to adult learning, working in a group, Health and Safety, POVA1 x 6 hr session & 3 x 2 hr sessions or 6 x 2 hr sessions
First PlacementBegin your volunteer placement in a group.6 x 2.5 hr sessions
ReviewReview your progress so far and discuss next steps.1 x 2 hr session
Stage 1 TrainingDevelop your skills in supporting students by looking at teaching methods, learning strategies and resource design.8 x 2 hr sessions
Full Term PlacementContinue to gain experience by supporting learners in a group.9-12 x 2.5 hr sessions
Goal Training (for literacies volunteers only)Learn how to negotiate a goal with a learner and break the goal down into simple steps. Develop your skills in record-keeping and reflection.4 x 2 hr sessions

Ongoing training will be also be on offer to staff and volunteers.  This term's training calendar will include all the training on offer.