Training and Assessing Workbook - Implementation guide
Section 1: Delivering a workshop
- 1.1 What are the key features of a good workshop?
- 1.2 How can participants get involved in the workshop?
- 1.3 What are some advantages of participant involvement?
- 1.4 What are some of the barriers to participant involvement?
There are two key features of a good workshop. These are:
- a well-prepared trainer
- involved participants willing to listen and share ideas and experience.
Encourage participants to share information. The workshop can provide a great opportunity for the participants to learn new skills in training supported employees and facilitating learning from you and from other participants. Allow time for people to:
- talk to each other
- learn from each other.
A large part of your role as a trainer is to encourage contribution within the framework of the session. Remember each participant brings experience; a good trainer's expertise lies in assisting learning and the gathering of information, not in being the expert.
The workshops, while short, can provide participants with ideas and experiences they can take back to their workplace and use to further develop their skills.
Advantages of participant involvement include:
- increased participant self-confidence
- recognition of existing skills and abilities
- recognition of skill and knowledge gaps
- increased understanding of other views and approaches
- assisting participants who are less confident to feel and become more involved in future.
Barriers may include:
- some participants needing time to become comfortable working with the group
- some participants dominating discussions and activities
- the type of disability
- any previous bad learning experience
- systematic disempowerment
- low self-esteem.