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


Using the resource

Structure of the resource

This resource has been developed to be used with small groups of supported employees as a stand-alone training program. You could also integrate it into a larger training program that your workplace may already have in place.

The resource is intended to be interactive using a variety of techniques including the presentation of a slide show, activities, and guided questioning of learners by the trainer.

The resource is delivered in seven topics.

  1. What is a committee?
  2. Why do we have workplace committees?
  3. How are workplace committees chosen?
  4. What roles are there on workplace committees?
  5. What does it mean to represent other people?
  6. What happens during committee meetings?
  7. Who can you talk to about getting the skills to be a committee member?

Each topic is supported by:

Stories and activites are used to reinforce the information in most topics and to encourage discussion. The stories and activities are short and are designed to be:

The stories and activities have been developed for you to use as triggers to encourage discussion with supported employees and to support skill development. They reinforce understanding and skill development of the concepts covered, and can be customised to reflect the workplace committees in your workplace.

Each story provides:

Each activity provides:

Most topics have debrief tasks and questions in the form of workbook activities to encourage supported employees to reflect on their learning and their own experiences in relation to that learning, and to encourage them to apply what they have learned to other situations.

Note: The 'Key resources' section, provided in the learner's workbook and the trainer's guide, gives information about, and links to, the location of additional resources for further investigation and exploration.

Your role as a trainer

Your role as a trainer is to guide supported employees in their learning. You need to provide a safe and secure learning environment where learners feel that they are respected and their input valued. You need to have clear learning outcomes, a plan for how the training will develop, and what you want to achieve within a given timeframe.

As an effective trainer, you will:

A useful resource to help you plan and present this learning is Training and Assessing, a resource package developed to assist workplace trainers to deliver training to supported employees in Disability Business Services. It includes a manual, a toolkit with sample sheets and checklists, and an implementation guide. The Work Talk resources are also useful.

Planning the training session

Delivering the training session

The time you take to deliver this resource will be your decision, based on the experience of the group to participate in new learning and remain involved, the time available, and so on. The format may look something like the following.

Evaluating/following up

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