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


Topic 5 - What does it mean to represent other people?

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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What does it mean to represent other people?

Ask learners to talk about what they think it means to represent other people, and the skills involved in doing that well.

List these on a sheet of butcher's paper.

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Compare the points on the list with those on the slide.

What does it mean to represent other people?

Representing other people on a workplace committee carries lots of responsibility with it.

To represent other people means that you:

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Ask learners about the skills they will learn and develop if they represent other people on workplace committees.

Ask learners to suggest some of those skills. Record them on butcher's paper. Compare the points on the butcher's paper with the slide.

Seek agreement from learners that all the points discussed are things committee members need to be able to do well, with training and experience.

Committee members learn how to:

Engage learners in the following problem-solving activities that involve the types of skills people develop when they are working on committees. Activities like these give learners the chance to practise the skills required without actually being on a workplace committee.

Ask learners to discuss as a group how they would go about solving this problem. Ask them to present their solutions back. Make sure learners cover the following points.

Invite members from one of your workplace committees to talk with learners about what it means to represent other people, with specific application to their workplace committee. Ask your guest speakers to discuss with learners the skills they needed to represent other people well, and how they learned and practise those skills while they are working on a committee. Encourage discussion of specific examples and applications, if possible and appropriate.

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

Focus questions

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Listen to Louise's story.

Louise's story

Photo of Louise

Louise attends the meeting of the quality committee each Tuesday morning. At the meeting she is asked to raise any issues from her work area. Her response is always that there are no issues.

When she returns from the meeting, her supervisor asks her to tell the workers in her area what was discussed and any decisions made at the meeting.

Louise's response is often that she has nothing to report.

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

Questions for discussion

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Listen to Carl's story.

Carl's story

Photo of Carl

At the last meeting of the DB Services safety committee, Bill reported that someone was nearly hit by a forklift because they hadn't used the safe walkway in the warehouse.

The committee talked about the best way to make sure people used the safe walkways. Sally, the safety officer, said she would get some new posters and put them up. Bill knew that some people in his team didn't notice the posters. He thought that part of the problem was that the markings on the floor had worn off. He suggested getting a painter to come in and put the markings back.

Carl listened and spoke up next. He said that he agreed with Bill and Sally. His idea was that the people who worked in the warehouse could repaint the floor markings and put up the posters. Then they would know where the safe walkways were and what was on the posters.

The committee agreed that his idea was a good one and that is what they would do.

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

Questions for discussion

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