Member Since: 26th Oct 2009
Adrian has worked in the Careers and Information, Advice and Guidance sector for over 20 years. He specialises in supporting clients not in education, employment or training to overcome their barriers and realise their aspirations. As an experienced practitioner, manager and trainer for the Connexions service, Ade took his passion for supporting staff and set up his own company, Develop-meant Training Consultants, in October 2009.
With a team of experienced professionals, Ade offers nationally-recognised qualifications in: Education and Training (what was PTLLS, CTLLS, DTLLS), Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance, Coaching and Mentoring, Business Enterprise, Customer Service, Team Leading and Management, Assessment and Verification.
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My discussion replies
9th Sep 2016
I'm trying to think of a fun alternative. I'll come back later this evening when I've had a couple of wines! It's when I'm at my most creative! In the meantime, looking forward to reading your clever responses. Ade
6th Sep 2016
Hello Sue, we have a reasonably simply policy (a side of A4 and a bit) that our Awarding Bodies have never questioned. If you drop me an email to [email protected] more than happy to send it across from you to adapt. Best wishes, Ade.
6th Sep 2016
Thanks everyone, some great replies, thoughts and insights. Video seems to work well when there are two characters onscreen that learners can critique. I love the "Freeze Frame" idea!
11th Aug 2016
She was obviously a "glass half empty" (or, come to think about it, a "turn urn half empty" kinda gal! Ade
28th Jul 2016
It's a good tip, Val and one we've adopted. I'm not a big fan of trying to capture ALL feedback right at the end of sessions. Staff are usually keen to get home, catch their bus, train whatever and sometimes the quality of feedback suffers.
28th Jul 2016
Sound advice, Clive. It's a scenario that happened to me and my colleagues a year or so ago (I'm over it now!). A really keen and enthusiastic delegate, engaged with all the activities, smiling throughout! It's only when we read his evaluation form on the way home, we were a little
bemused! We've carefully crafted the questions on our form to make it tricky for folk just to put "Yes", "No" or "N/A". However, he managed to find a way around it! One element of the form asks delegates to score various aspects of the training, delivery etc. We gave him the benefit of the doubt the first time around, thinking he'd misinterpreted the grading and got his scores the wrong way around! i.e. O was poor, 10 was excellent (he'd given us quite a few 2s!). However, following another workshop, he did the almost the same again. My colleague, Carol, followed it up via email, politely asking if there was anything we could have done to improve the experience - we never heard from him again!
24th May 2016
Still on the edge of my seat about rubber eggs?!?!?! Jane, put us out of our misery! Ade
23rd May 2016
I haven't heard the term "OHP" for ages! I'm ALSO intrigued by Jane and her rubber eggs!!
31st Mar 2016
Human nature is strange, isn't it? Rather than think: "WOW! This course is absolutely amazing! It's the best you've ever come up with, Ade! You will be brilliant! It will bring you fame and fortune!" I more often than not err on the side of caution!
9th Mar 2016
I think for an individual undergoing a qualification that's funded by their employer, often very little thought is given to how much the qualification costs. Reflecting on my own experience, when I undertook my Careers qualification back in the day, I didn't think "Blimey! This has cost Connexions £2000, I'd better be a good boy, knuckle down and show my commitment!" I just wanted to get to the end of it as quickly as possible! (That was more to do with how it was delivered, but that's another story!). I think when a qualification becomes a priority for an organisation and they feel they HAVE to have it, convincing them to sign up is easier. For example, the Level 6 Careers Diploma is now seen as the "industry standard" and in order to compete in times of "traded services" and schools having to "buy in" the Careers service for the first time, having Level 6 qualified staff is a great "selling point" as well as an endorsement of quality.
What surprised me, hence the question, was the lack of awareness I found from a lot of people, who are in a position where they can only self-fund, as to how much qualifications cost at various levels.