Training Advisers Page

Welcome to the Training Advisers page.

This page provides important information and links to materials and resources to support Leaders undertaking the role of Training Adviser with the Adult Training Team.

Local Training Managers

The Local Training Managers (LTM) assist the County Training Manager with the task of managing the training and learning provision within the County.

Local Training Managers line manage the Training Advisers, and are responsible for meeting new adult learners at their interview with the Appointments Advisory Committee, and introducing them to the Adult Training Scheme.  The LTM's are responsible for assigning Training Advisers to adult learners who need one-to-one support outside of the Training Access Sessions.

If a Training Adviser completes or reviews an adult learners Personal Learning Plan (PLP) for validation, a copy of the PLP should be sent/given to the LTM to enable them to plan the appropriate training provision for the County.

The LTM's hold a stock of the training materials and resources in the form of DVD's, CD's and Workbooks, and should be the first port of call for access to these resources.

Each Training Adviser will be assigned an LTM who will be responsible for assessing their learning needs, validating their training and giving support and advice where necessary.

On-line resources for Training Advisers

There are several on-line resources available for Training Advisers including the Training Advisers Guide, Module Matrix and Adults Personal File.

To access the on-line resources click on the link below:

On-line resources and e-learning packages for adult learners

Some of the training modules are available to compete on-line.  As well as e-learning packages, Videos,  the Adults Personal File, module matrix, training available at Gilwell and the module workbooks and factsheets are all available on the Scoutbase website.

A broadband internet connection is an advantage, as some of the pages and Videos are quite large, and will take a very long time to download using dial-up connection services.

A guide for Training Advisers on the use of elearning can be found here.

If adult learners experience problems with the website or downloadable versions of the workbooks and other resources, hard copies are available from the Local Training Managers for you to give to the adult learners.

To access the on-line resources click on the link below:

Guide to Personal Learning Plan Masters

Personal Learning Plan Masters are available to download from the menu on the right hand side of this page.  Below is a guide to which PLP master should be used for which Scouting role:

PLP Master Role (Supplementary Modules)

 Activity Assessor (plus 25)

 Appointments Advisory Committee (plus 37)

 County Training Administrator (plus 30)

 Local Training Administrator (plus 30)

 Nights Away Adviser (plus 25)

 Scout Show Assessor (plus 25)

 Training Adviser (plus 25)



 Assistant Group Scout Leader

 County Commissioner

 County Scout Network Commissioner (plus 12, 17 & 19)

 County Training Manager (plus 33 & 34)

 Deputy County Commissioner

 Deputy District Commissioner

 District Commissioner

 District Explorer Scout Commissioner (plus 12, 17 & 19)

 Group Scout Leader

 Local Training Manager (plus 30, 33 and/or 34)

 Scout Active Support Manager


Adult Trainer

Adult Trainer


Other Supporters

 Assistant County Commissioner (non-sectional)

 Assistant District Commissioner (non-sectional)


Section Leader

 Assistant Beaver Scout Leader

 Assistant Cub Scout Leader

 Assistant Explorer Scout Leader

 Assistant Scout Leader

 Beaver Scout Leader

 County Beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer Scout Leader

 County Scout Network Leader

 Cub Scout Leader

 District Beaver, Cub or Scout Leader

 District Scout Network Leader

 Explorer Scout Leader

 Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader)

 Local Scout Network Leader

 Scout Leader


Section Supporter

 Assistant County Commissioner (Sectional)

 Assistant District Commissioner (Sectional)


Sectional Assistant

 Sectional Assistants (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers)


All other Appointments must complete Module 1 Essential Information

Changes to Module 16 Nights Away

Residential experiences are important to Scouting and it is important that our Training Scheme promotes this, and helps us to motivate and enthuse our leaders.  The purpose of training in The Scout Association is to support volunteers in the role they do, and to ensure that training is relevant and tailored to individual needs.


In 2008, feedback from County Training Managers and Adult Learners suggested that Module 16 Nights Away was not meeting the needs of all the Movement.  The outcome of the subsequent project was to split the modules in two, creating an introductory module and a skills based module.

The New Modules

Module 16 Introduction to Residential Experiences: This modules aims to give an introduction to the place, value and organisation of residential experiences.  It is designed to introduce learners to residential experiences and their importance in Scouting, and give them information about the Nights Away Permit Scheme.  This is the obligatory module necessary for the Section Leader Wood Badge, and if run as a course will only take a few hours.

Module 38 Skills for Residential Experiences: This module aims to enable adults to acquire the appropriate skills to plan and run successful residential experiences for young people.  This module reflects the skills needed for the Nights Away Permit, and will help Leaders to gain and consolidate skills.  This module is a specialist module and not an obligatory module for Section Leaders & Supporters.  If run as a course this will most likely run in the format of a residential training weekend or one day skills day.

What do the changes mean for Leaders currently in training and those coming in new?

For those undertaking their Wood Badge, it means the requirement for training, both learning and validation, will be different.  For new Leaders, those new to Scouting, or those who want to brush up on their skills for residential experiences or to hone their skills for Nights Away Permit, the additional module (Module 38 Skills for Residential Experiences) will give a more structured and practical training module that will cover these skills.  This module has been written in collaboration with Nights Away Assessors, so it will support the assessment checklist for a Nights Away Permit.

Section Leaders who have already validated Module 16 Nights Away will not have to do any additional learning or validation.  The validation criteria for Module 16 Introduction to Residential Experiences will have already been covered.

Section Leaders who have not yet validated Module 16 Nights Away should complete the validation criteria for Module 16 Introduction to Residential Experiences.  If they have completed the learning under Module 16 Nights Away they will also have covered the learning for Module 38 Skills for Residential Experiences.  These Section Leaders can choose whether or not they want to validate this module based on whether or not they will be attending or running a residential experience.

These changes can take effect immediately, the update for the Training Advisers Guide can be downloaded here.