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Instructing Rural Skills Courses

Many instructors in the rural skills sector contract their services to independent “Training Providers” or Colleges.  Instructors are usually self employed or operate on a part time basis, meaning that they cannot always give their full attention to the marketing and preparation of courses. Training is not a year round occupation either, with peaks & troughs in demand .

For these reasons it is often beneficial to register with a National body in order to maintain an independently assessed standard using an existing approved system.  Once registered, the awarding body can then advertise your services to training providers, provide you with training materials, the candidates with accredited certificates and your insurance cover while you are teaching; this is now a difficult and costly problem.  Many companies are  using members of staff to train others, should an accident occur then it could be very difficult for some of these in-house trainers to prove their teaching ability which may cause problems with any insurance claim.  Being registered with an awarding body can simplify this process greatly.

Lantra Awards instructor register is one of many “awarding bodies” which are recognised by the DFES as reaching the desired national standards for training and certification. Lantra specializes in the rural skills or “landbased” sector.

Any instructor on the register has been checked by Lantra, which should guarantee that their certificates and qualifications are appropriate, in date, and that their teaching skills have been updated and technically evaluated within the last year.

The basic requirements for becoming a rural skills instructor are as follows: 3 years minimum practical experience within the industry; Certification relevant to the task to be taught; Certification for the relevant Health & Safety areas; Emergency First Aid Certificate; Suitable background documentation; Teaching qualification (you can be working towards this); Attendance of a “Technical Standards” course; A “Technical Evaluation” by a registered “Technical Standards Verifier”; CRB checks for those teaching the under 19`s or “at risk”

Further information, explanations and downloadable forms can be found at: http://www.lantra-awards.co.uk/faq/faq_ins.aspx  or telephone 02476 419703 and ask for the new instructor registrations section.

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An alternative to Lantra Awards would be the National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC) which although do not offer training are specialists in assessing land based skills.  http://www.nptc.org.uk   or telephone 02476 85 7300

From: Lynher Training. Tel: 01822 832902. Fax: 01822 832902.

e-mail: admin@lynher.com

First published in CJS Focus on Training in association with Losehill Hall on 20 August 2007

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