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Getting Started Training

Getting Started Training

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When you take on a new role in Scouting you are helped on the way by your “Getting Started” training.  This important training gets you up to speed quickly with some of the most important things you will need to know in your role.

Getting Started training should be done within five months of beginning your appointment.  While it can nearly all be done through e-learning (links below), there will also be face-to-face induction led by your line manager locally.

For nearly all roles, Getting Started training comprises:

For anybody with a role on an Executive Committee (trustees) you will also need to complete:

For Section Leader and Assistant Leader Training you will also need to complete:

For Manager and Supporter roles (Group Scout Leaders and most District or County roles) you will also need to complete:

Key resources – every adult volunteer will need the appropriate Adult’s Personal File – this outlines all the training and how you can validate it in your role.  They can be downloaded here.

We will pair all adults working towards a Wood Badge (Section Leaders and Assistants, and Managers and Supporters) with a Training Adviser (TA) to support you through this process.  Your TA will explain how the Adult Training Scheme works and ensure that you have a copy of the Adults’ Personal File (link above). Your TA will assess the skills and experience you already have and match them to your new role. Then you and your TA will work out a learning plan that will be beneficial in supporting you in Scouting.

Build a good relationship with your TA. TAs are experienced volunteers and great to ask advice from or bounce ideas off as you settle into your role.

For all the Getting Started Training, if completed via e-learning, please send a screenshot of your certificate to your Training Adviser or your Local Training Manager so that it can be recorded.

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