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Training for adults

Adult volunteers are at the heart of Scouting, and we hope that you will get every bit as much out of it as you put in. Scouting is not only about young people, but also about the development of adults within the Movement.

To support adults in Scouting, the Association provides a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and develop new competencies.

Some elements of training can count towards externally-recognised qualifications, and within the movement there are also awards to recognise dedication to training and outstanding service.

Training Resources

The resources below provide an introduction to and overview of The Scout Associations' Adult Training Scheme. They are a great source of information for any questions that you might have about training. The Training Advisers Guide and Adults Personal File also provide information about the validation criteria for each module.

Adult Training Scheme (PDF)

Module Matrix (PDF)

Adult's Personal File (PDF)

Adult's Personal File for Section Leaders (PDF)

Training Adviser's Guide (PDF)

Please note, that there has been an amendment issued to the above documents. If a member of the Executive Committee has already completed Module 1: Essential Information, they do not need to undertake the new version of Module 1: Essential Information for Executive Committee Members. However, as this new module is tailored to the responsibilities of an Executive Committee, they are strongly encouraged to carry out this additional training.

Further guidance on who should complete the new version of Module 1, can be found in the relevant FAQs.

Updates to Resources - 18 January 2016

The below documents detail the changes between the 2015 edition and the 2016 editions of the following resources.

Key changes to the Adult's Personal File (PDF)

Key changes to the Adult's Personal File for Section Leaders (PDF)

Key changes to the Training Adviser's Guide (PDF)

Key changes to the Adult Training Scheme (PDF)

Summary of changes to the Training core documents (PDF)

Resources for Training Managers

The resources below have been designed for Training Managers who wish to run support, guidance and update events for their Training Advisers. They can be used if you need some help with content for your TA event, want to get feedback from your TAs on certain things or want to give your TAs an opportunity to meet up and network with each other.

Comprehensive session plans can be found in the Training Manager's Training Adviser Toolkit which can be accessed below. Some sessions require additional supporting material and this can also be accessed below.

Training Manager's Training Adviser Toolkit

Updates to the Adult Training scheme hand out

Additional support material for Validation, Validation, Validation session

Keys to Success for CTMs


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