New Training Schemes for Managers and Supporters

From John Day, Deputy County Commissioner for Adult Support

If you are a new Manager or Supporter appointed after 31st January 2017 you will be on the new training scheme which is available for you to use now.  So please start to progress your training if you have not already done so.

What does the new scheme look like in practice?

The previous Manager/Supporter modules are being replaced with more up to date resources, to better support our volunteers in these critical roles. The new training scheme will consist of: 

  • Getting Started - Essential Information, Personal Learning Plan and Tools for the Role (Managers and Supporters)
  • Training for All Appointments - Fundamentals of Scouting, Changes in Scouting, Scouting for All, First Aid, Administration, Delivering a Quality Programme
  • Leadership and Management Training - This is structured around six core skill areas of leadership and management plus a module on safety. The learning opportunities for the Leadership and Management Training is split into two elements:
    • Independent Learning - this will cover the knowledge required by learners to understand the key topics of leadership and management and related Scouting processes. The learning will be accessed via a variety of methods, including videos, e-learning and workbooks.
    • Skills courses – this will consist of three courses (Skills of Management, Meeting the Challenges and Achieving Growth) where learners have an opportunity discuss and demonstrate different skills relating to leadership and management.   

You should be getting on with the Getting Started modules and the modules for all appointments - some of you will have covered some of these in your training for previous roles.  Some may need to be re-validated.

You can also make a start on the Independent learning and the following learning units are available:

Some of the elements of the Independent Learning are still being prepared but there is plenty for you to be getting on with.

The diagram below shows how each of the independent learning units is linked to a particular skills course

It is recommended that you complete the relevant Independent Learning Units prior to attending the associated skills course. The information in the Independent Learning Units is built upon in the skills courses and if this learning has not been completed in advance you may not get the most out of the course. 


Much more information can be found at this link:,864

What about the Skills Courses?

These will be run regionally by specialist Trainers.  We are not yet able to provide a programme of courses and will not be able to do so until later in the year.  This is because our specialist Trainers will not have been on the national briefings being run by headquarters until later in the year.

How will I get my new training validated?

Full details of the training and the validation criteria are contained in the new Adults Personal File for Managers and Supporters - a copy will be supplied to you by your Local Training Manager but in the meantime you might like to  see the document  at this link:

You will be allocated a specialist Training Adviser for Managers and Supporters (TA(M&S) - a new role created for this new scheme).  Contact your Local Training Manager to discuss who will be your TA(M&S).