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When I'm at work: Working on a committee - Trainer's guide

Chapters

Topic 1 - What is a committee?

What you will need

You will need:

It is vital that everyone's viewpoints are valued and comments are allowed to be made in an open discussion. You will need to focus on issues relating to the learning objectives of the topic.

Note: Text in boxes replicates the information in the learner's workbook.

What learners will need

Learners will need:

Learning objectives

After taking part in this topic, learners should be able to describe:

Delivering the topic

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Welcome the learners and explain that they will be learning about what it means to work on a committee.

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Explain to learners that the training will include:

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The slide shows an image of people working on a committee.

Ask learners to talk about committees they know about. These may include:

Explain to learners that the training will focus on committees in general at first, then on workplace committees.

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What is a committee?

Discuss the following with learners.

A committee is a group of people who work together for others to do things that will benefit everyone.

During the training, it will be important to progressively check learners' understanding of language that relates to committee procedures, and roles and responsibilities associated with working on committees.

It is important to emphasise that a committee works as a group and that committees need to consider the interests of the broader population when they are making decisions.

Your aim for this part of the training is to help learners understand what a committee is.

Explain that during the rest of this training session, we will talk about workplace committees and what it means to work on a workplace committee.

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What is a workplace committee?

Discuss the following with learners.

A workplace committee is a group of people who work together for others to do things that will benefit everyone in the workplace.

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What do people on workplace committees do?

Discuss the following with learners.

People on committees work together for other people in the workplace, to do things that are related to the workplace. These things will benefit everyone in the workplace.

It is important to remember that people who are on a workplace committee look after what's best for everyone in the workplace when they decide about things.

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Focus questions

Summarise the previous discussion by asking learners the following focus questions and discussing their responses.

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Listen to Bob's story.

Bob's story

Hi. My name is Bob. I am a member of the safety committee at my workplace. I look out for things that keep us safe at work. Workers tell me about things we should talk about at our safety committee meetings.

Photo of Bob

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Questions for discussion

Discuss these questions about Bob's story with learners. Encourage them to record their responses to the questions in their workbooks in the spaces provided.

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Debrief the topic by leading learners through the following activities. Then highlight the issues that this topic has raised in relation to working on a committee and reinforce the focus questions.

After you have discussed the workbook activities with learners, ask learners to write their responses in their workbooks in the spaces provided. Responses can be made in any format, for example, in writing or in pictorial form. Learners are free to express themselves in whatever ways they want to.

Explain to learners that the workbooks are their own records of the information that they need in relation to working on a committee. There is no compulsion for learners to provide their own responses if it is not appropriate to do so.

Workbook activities

What committees are at your workplace?

Talk with learners about the workplace committees they know about. These may include the:

List the workplace committees on butcher's paper and refer to this list during the training session. Discuss with learners what each committee does and write this information beside the name of the committee. Refer to this information during the training session.

Ask learners to choose two workplace committees that they know about. For each one, ask learners to record the name of the committee and what it does, as discussed, in their workbooks.

Note: Ensure that you have the following resources available to enable learners to take part fully in the activity.

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