A behind the scenes look at the work of our Specialist Support Trainers
As an organisation dedicated to growth and development, we are investing in the capabilities of our teams and services. That's why we are expanding our team of Specialist Support Trainers.
We asked Adam Deane, Learning and Development Manager for a 'behind the scenes' look at the purpose of the role and the desired skills of potential candidates.
Adam, firstly, what is your role within Lifeways?
"As the Learning and Development Manager, I am responsible for the management and leadership of Specialist Trainers. I must ensure that fit for purpose learning and development activities and interventions are identified, delivered, and evaluated to the highest standard across the organisation.
I work closely with key individuals, not only within the Specialist Support Team which includes practitioners and our Specialist Support Assistant, but also the wider Learning and Development Team. This role demands effective partnership work with operational and support services within Lifeways, to ensure training needs are identified, developed and delivered".
What is a Specialist Support Trainer and what are their key responsibilities?
"A Specialist Support Trainer will deliver a wide range of specialist learning opportunities. They will support new staff at induction and refresh the knowledge and skills of existing staff in topics such as; positive behaviour support, physical intervention training, and person-specific conditions.
For us, the planning and delivery of training is key, so as a Specialist Support Trainer, you will need excellent organisational and communication skills. Also, we provide a blended approach to learning, so trainers will be required to deliver both classroom and virtual sessions".
What experience do you tend to look for in a Specialist Support Trainer?
"We would look for an individual with at least two years of continuous employment in support or care roles in health care, social care or education. They should also have a strong knowledge of theoretical concepts, approaches, and strategies of positive behaviour support and least restrictive practices.
Candidates must hold either PROACT-SCIPr-UK or NAPPI accredited qualification, or the willingness to work towards them. Also, a proven track record in terms of excellent training delivery and presentation skills, and a good working knowledge of evaluation techniques to aid in programme improvement and personal development".
Taking experience aside, what other qualities do you look for when recruiting for this role?
"We are seeking individuals who are energetic and enjoy a challenge. The role requires flexibility as Specialist Support Trainers need to have the ability to adapt to numerous situations in various locations. The role requires a successful candidate to have the capacity to work unsupervised and co-operatively with others, with the ability to promote and support the effectiveness of Lifeways' employee learning and development strategies".
What can Lifeways offer someone joining your team?
"They will get the opportunity to be part of an exciting, supportive, highly skilled and experienced team of trainers. The role offers great opportunities for continued professional development and the chance to shape and develop future content and delivery of training. As with all roles within Lifeways, we can offer someone joining us the opportunity to improve the quality of life of the people using our service."