Training During Coronavirus 2020
Over six weeks ago, life as we knew it changed for everyone due to the Coronavirus worldwide outbreak, and as a result each and every one of us had to adapt how we live, work and of course, interact with each other. The changes, restrictions and our commitment to ensuring the safety of our teams, colleagues and young people, meant we took the decision to suspend all classroom based training, until further notice.
However, the situation presented us with the opportunity to think creatively and very much ‘outside the box’! How could we continue to deliver essential training and ensure everyone received the best training experience possible and that was conducive to their own individual learning preferences, with what seemed a limiting medium……remote virtual learning?
Very quickly we identified some of our key existing training courses and with our providers, adapted them for the ‘virtual environment’. This initially included; Team Teach and the Therapeutic Approach. Once we had tested, we added; TSD for Foster Carers, Skills to Foster, Essential Autism, Administering Medication and Substance Misuse. It is understood that we will need to invite some people back in to the classroom later, to ensure that they receive all the knowledge and understanding required. However as a solution to the current need, it has proved very successful.
So far we have delivered 9 virtual training sessions, with another 13 planned in May. Feedback so far, has been extremely positive and constructive suggestions has helped us learn as we go. Thank you to all those that have completed the online feedback forms, via Survey Monkey. From your responses 50% thought the virtual deliver method was extremely effective and 95% said that the course met its stated aims and objectives.
Alongside this we have directed people to online learning. This is not just mandatory courses but we have made available additional specialised courses for adults and young people to access on The Training Hub. These include a wide range of subjects relevant to our sector and also for the wellbeing of all.