Training of Trainers:
Recognising the importance of trainers in the training function, the Training Division started the Trainer Development Programe in the early 1990s. Initially faculty members of various training institutions were developed as Master Trainers and Recognized User of various training of trainers (ToT) packages in collaboration with the Thames Valley University of U.K. Over a period of time indigenous mechanisms were evolved for developing a cadre of professional trainers and resource persons in the country to create a cascading and multiplier effect. The program has gone a long way in embedding the Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) into the process of designing and imparting effective training to government officials.
Currently, the following programs are sponsored under Trainer Development Programme at training institutions across the country: –
Direct Trainer Skills course
The aim of the Direct Trainer Skills (DTS) course is to provide an opportunity for the trainers to develop their basic instructional skills to enable them to make an effective contribution to their institution’s training courses.
Design to Training
The success of training depends on the ability of trainers to design and deliver effective training, which will enable employees to improve their performance. The aim of the Design of Training (DoT) course is to provide further advice and development opportunities to enable trainers to undertake the additional responsibilities of designing training modules.
Management of Training
The aim of the Management of Training (MoT) Courses is to train Training Managers for better implementation of training policies of Ministries, Departments and Originations. The MoT Course consists of a distance-learning phase to familiarize participants with the Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) concept, and issues relevant to Mot. Basically, the MoT course helps to build capabilities for performing the training function, and to use training to effectively support Government initiatives and reforms.
Evaluation of Training (EoT)
The Evaluation of Training (EoT) course establishes a framework within which decisions can be made. Should a particular course continue to be run? How can it be improved? What response has been made to TNA consultancy report? How effective is distance learning in meeting government’s intention to provide training for all? These are typical questions asked when carrying out EoT.
Training Needs Analysis
The aim of TNA course is to help the participants to develop TNA Consultancy Skills so that they can assist client organizations to improve performance through recommending appropriate training and non-training solutions. TNA course is based on experiential learning and as such is not a taught course having classroom lectures. It has a series of practical learning activities some simulated by the use of a case study and other actual field based situations.
The Mentoring Skills course is intended to help participants develop competencies to carry out mentoring tasks, commensurate with their role responsibilities and status in their respective organisations. This is not a ‘taught’ course. Rather, it is a series of practical learning activities – mostly simulated by means of a case study. Participants are there for expected to take active responsibility both for their own learning and by contributing to group activities.
The aim of the Mentoring Skills Course is to help selected members of staff to acquire an understanding of the concept of mentoring, and the skills to carry out the duties of a mentor. The course provides an introduction to the concept and processes of mentoring; it also includes an intense opportunity to acquire essential skills.
Facilitation Skills Course
The aim of the Facilitation Skills Course is to help participants develop an understanding about the process of Facilitation and to develop some of the core skills. The Course provides and introduction to the concept and processes of facilitation and an opportunity to develop core skills. The Facilitation skills course is intended to help participants develop their understanding of the key processes within facilitation and to develop competencies relevant to the role of a Facilitator. This is not a ‘taught’ course. Rather, it is a series of practical learning activities. Participants are therefore expected and encouraged to take an active role and responsibility for their own learning and for the learning of the group by contributing to all learning activities. Tutor, peer and individual feedback will also be given during the workshop to support skills development.
Introduction to SAT Courses
This is a short, intensive Package with inputs from all the four packages consisting Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) Cycle namely, Training Needs Analysis (TNA), Design of Training (DoT), Direct Trainer Skills (DTS), Evaluation of Training (EoT) with scope for individual and team exercises/activities. The complete training material including visuals of all the four Courses will be provided to the participants in soft copy. The Target Group envisaged for the Combined Package consists of Heads of Training Institutions,
senior officers joining in training institutions/departments, Heads of district-level training institutions, occasional trainers/guest faculty, etc.
Experiential Learning Tools (ELT) earlier DTS-II
Experiential Learning Tools course aims at equipping the participants with skills relevant to the learner-centred training-process through the mode of experiential learning; particularly in the application of identified training methodologies namely Case Study, Field Visit and Role Play; besides appropriately using Skill Development Exercises.
Master Trainers/Recognised Trainer Development Programmes
Trainers developed under the Trainer Development Programme are called Recognised Trainers (RTs), recognised by the Government to deliver ToT courses. RTs are those trained trainers who have the competency to deliver the courses. in which they have been certified as RT. RTs are developed through a detailed training programme and rigorous process. The courses to develop Recognised Trainers are run for the trainers who have undergone ToT programmes and have the experience of using such training techniques.
For the RTs who have conducted a certain number of programmes, MT Development programme is organized for them in which they are developed and certified as MTs.
Faculty Development Scheme
Faculty Development is a key requirement for upgrading, the skills of trainers and improving their knowledge base. Unless trainers get an opportunity to keep abreast of latest developments, training programme remain out dated and they provide no new learning. Faculty Development Scheme has been developed to address this issue. The scheme is open for MTs/RUs developed by this Deptt. and faculty members working in LBSNAA, ISTM and State Administrative Institutes and Central Training Institutions. Faculty development comprises of structured training programmes, tours and attending conferences/seminars, which helps in new learning. This scheme has gained popularity and there has been a good response for a number of courses. It also includes an18 month correspondence course Diploma in Training & Development organized by the Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD), New Delhi.
It is felt that an opportunity for faculty development will help in upgrading the quality of trainers and also act as an incentive for better quality of people to come as faculty members.