This Unit is about the implementation of a training event. When the course is well-planned and preparations well-organised, implementation will be smooth. Organisers should make sure that participants arrive easily and safely to the venue and that they familiarise themselves with the training environment. A pleasant and quiet environment is essential for the training activities. Local customs might affect the daily course schedule. Trainers preferably should adapt logistical arrangements to the course requirements, rather than adapting the course schedule to inconvenient local conditions. They should manage time strictly and intelligently, allow participation and facilitate rather than teach and train. Training methods must correspond to the objectives. Lengthy oral presentations must be avoided, and skills and attitude training, demonstrations and practical exercises should be emphasised.
Unit objectives / expected outcomes
After the completion of the Unit the trainee will be able to:
- organise and supervise arrival and familiarisation of course participants;
- prepare training facilities;
- schedule training activities;
- manage timing;
- apply training methods.
Content outline, main topics covered and suggested sequencing
This Unit focuses on the topics listed below:
- Introduction (PPT No. 1, Slides 1 –- 3) (10 min)
- Arrival and familiarisation: brainstorming with flipcharts on: "What are considerations for arrival and familiarisation of participants?" (Exercise No.1 in M03U01) (15 min) followed by (PPT No. 1, Slides 4 – 9) (5 min)
- Participant presentation (Exercise No. 2) (30 min). This Exercise is not necessary if participants have presented themselves earlier in the course.
- Training facilities: brainstorming with flipcharts on: "How do we have to prepare our training facilities?" (Exercise No.1 in M03U01; This is the same exercise as before, using a different question) (15 min) followed by (PPT No. 1, Slides 10 – 15) (5 min)
- Scheduling training activities: brainstorming with flipcharts on "How to schedule training activities?" (Exercise No.1 in M03U01; This is the same exercise as before, using a different question) (15 min) followed by (PPT No. 1, Slides 16 – 25) (5 min)
- Time management: brainstorming with flipcharts on: "How to manage timing?" (Exercise No.1 in M03U01; This is the same exercise as before, using a different question) (15 min) followed by (PPT No. 1, Slides 26 – 33) (5 min)
- Applying training methods: brainstorming with flipcharts on: "How to apply training methods?" (Exercise No.1 in M03U01; This is the same exercise as before, using a different question) (15 min) followed by (PPT No. 1, Slides 34 – 38) (5 min)
- Expectations on the course (Exercise No. 3) (60 min). This Exercise is not necessary if it has been conducted earlier in the course.
Components of the Unit
Handouts for Trainee (to be distributed in printed format):
1 ¼ – 2 ¾ hrs, depending whether or not Exercises No. 2 and 3 are included
Additional trainer resources
- Biech, E. 2005. Training for dummies. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Corporate Headquarters, 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774, USA. ISBN: 978-0-7645-5985-3. 408 pages.
- Mayo, G.D. and DuBois, P.H. 1987. The complete book of training: theory, principles, and techniques. University Associates, San Diego, California, USA. ISBN: 0-88390-208-7. 217+ pages.
- Pretty, J.N.; Guijt, I., Scoones, I. and Thompson, J. 1995. A trainer's guide for participatory learning and action. International Institute for Environment and Development, London, UK. 267+ pages.
- Taylor, P. and Beniest, J. 2003. Training in agroforestry; a toolkit for trainers. World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya;
About 300 pages + CD-ROM.
Computer, digital projector, flipcharts, meta cards and marker pens