When I'm at work: Working on a committee - Trainer's guide
- Aim of the 'When I'm at work' series
- Using the resource
- Key resources
- Topic 1 - What is a committee?
- Topic 2 - Why do we have workplace committees?
- Topic 3 - How are workplace committees chosen?
- Topic 4 - What roles are there on workplace committees?
- Topic 5 - What does it mean to represent other people?
- Topic 6 - What happens during committee meetings?
- Topic 7 - Who can you talk to about getting the skills to be a committee member?
- Who is this resource for?
- Aim of the resource
- Learning objectives
- What is in this resource?
- What you will need
- What learners will need
You do not need to be an experienced trainer to use this resource with supported employees. The trainer's guide includes lots of tips to make sure that you will be able to help supported employees understand the information that they need to know about working on a committee.
This resource has been developed for use with supported employees who are working in a Disability Business Service.
The resource provides information and activities that aim to help supported employees to understand a range of issues around working on a committee and some skills on how to work on a committee.
After taking part in the training, learners should be able to:
- describe what a workplace committee is
- describe why we have workplace committees
- describe how workplace committees are chosen
- describe the roles of the members of workplace committees
- describe what it means to represent other people
- describe what happens at workplace committee meetings
- talk about who they can talk to about getting the skills to be a committee member
- participate in an election for a committee
- participate in a committee
- represent another person's point of view.
The resource contains:
- this trainer's guide
- a Microsoft PowerPoint® presentation
- a learner's workbook.
Note: The learner's workbook is designed to be a record of information that supported employees need in relation to working on a committee. There are spaces provided in the workbook for supported employees to record their own responses to the questions for discussion and some of the workbook activities. However, the integrity of the workbook will not be compromised if learners do not record their responses.
You will need:
- to reproduce the learner's workbook for learners
- a list of your workplace's committees and other appropriate policies and procedures
- a computer/data projector to play the Microsoft PowerPoint® presentation (if you do not have access to a computer/data projector for training, you can copy the slide content to A4 paper for one-to-one training sessions, or to butcher's paper for group training sessions)
- photos, camera, magazines (see activity for Topic 1 for full details)
- whiteboard or butcher's paper to record responses
- whiteboard markers or felt-tipped markers.
It is vital that everyone's viewpoints are valued and comments are allowed to be made in an open discussion.
Your preparation should include knowing your workplace's policies and procedures in relation to participation on workplace committees.
Learners will need:
- the learner's workbook
- their personal examples in relation to being on a committee
- a pen or pencil to write with.