Whether you are an experienced trainer or new to teaching and training, the Level 3 Award in Education and Training is the qualification which formalises your status as a trainer and is required by many awarding bodies to help you to deliver accredited courses specialising within your own subject area. 

We caught up with learner Carl Jeffery who has recently completed his qualification to ask him about his experiences. 
The three-day intensive classroom course requires learners to cover three compulsory units: Roles and Responsibilities of a Trainer; Inclusive Practice; and Assessment Methods, with learners partaking in a range of activities such as group work, paired work and presentations, culminating in the delivery of a fifteen-minute micro teach on day three.  Whatever your level of experience and motivations for the course you will be welcomed at one of our 19 training locations nationwide.

Name? Where are you based? Current role? What are your experiences within teaching and training to date? 

My Name is Carl Jeffery working currently as a Field Team Leader for the Environment Agency based in Launceston, Cornwall.  I will be shortly joining the Devon and Cornwall Incident Management Team as an advisor, where my role will be to deliver training to the wider business.  I have worked for the Environment Agency for the last 25 years and love what I do.  Twelve years ago, I went from the ground into management. This meant delivering good and bad news to people as well as delivering various types of work related training to the teams. This can be challenging, yet rewarding personally at the same time.
I have been playing, coaching and umpiring hockey for the last thirty-five  years and have always wanted to give something back to the various clubs and schools in the local area. I started coaching nineteen years ago with a small club teaching juniors from six – sixteen years old. I found that it was hugely rewarding hoping that one day I might have played a part in someone making through to play for England. After nineteen years, my time has now finally come and one of the keepers I trained before moving to senior hockey is now playing for both England and Wales at Under 18’s and now under 21’s. I also have another two players who are currently in the Futures England set up.

Why did you decide to study the Level 3 Award in Education and Training?

When I start my new role at the Environment Agency as an Incident Advisor delivering more training to a wide and diverse group of people, the training course will have given me the tools to apply the correct approach to setting up the courses / training / meetings to achieve the maximum potential of the learners.

What have you enjoyed the most about  the course? 

The course and the way the trainer delivered to course was excellent. Once you look back at the way the trainer delivered it, you soon realise that he was applying the principles on us that we will apply in the future. Meeting new colleagues from different backgrounds was fantastic in many was because everyone was friendly and had their own views, yet were really part of the team. There was a great depth of knowledge amongst the group, which made everyone feel at ease.

Name of your micro teach topic & why did you select the topic? 

My micro teach was called Back to Hockey. I knew that by choosing hockey as my micro teach, I was going to be completely in my comfort zone and would be able to adapt my timings more easily. Teaching a group of people who you only met 2 days before the micro teach session, with no prior experience of hockey (except from their school days) should not cause me any problems, after all, I teach six to sixty year olds twice a week now.

How did you find the micro teach experience? Is there any advice you can pass on to any future learners? 

The micro teach seemed to be a daunting task ahead, but with good planning and testing before delivering to the class, it was hard not to go on for longer. By planning a session that is adaptable, you can adjust timings along the way to leave yourself enough time to close the lesson. Once I started the micro teach and found my rhythm, time just flew by.  I think the hardest thing was to try and keep it to the fifteen minutes, and all the learners from the group had the same issue. The most essential things to remember when doing a micro teach are not to over complicate the session and keep it as interactive as possible, as well as allowing plenty of time for summarising and questions.

Now that you have achieved the qualification, what will you teach in the future? 

I will continue to teach hockey in the future as well as delivering business teaching for the Environment Agency. I feel more confident to achieve a good environment for learning and be able to make the learning inclusive for everyone to achieve their full potential. Having now done the course, I feel that I can deliver learning to our own business as well as going around to different venues delivering training and development to other groups of learners.

Video of Carl’s Microteach

Information on the Level 3 Award in Education & Training

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