Associate Trainer vacancy for Guidance Skills (Advanced) 2020-21

19 January 2021

We are inviting applications from Full Members to join our established training team for Guidance Skills (Advanced).

About Guidance Skills (Advanced)

This course can be taken independently, or as a module within the AGCAS/Warwick qualification: Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education (CEIGHE) (PG Dip), this course takes place once a year. It appeals to practitioners of different levels, but with a suggested minimum of three years’ experience delivering one-to-one career guidance.

The course aims to support participants in developing higher level guidance facilitation skills, including working in partnership with the client and applying theories in practice. Its principal objective is to support guidance professionals in becoming reflective practitioners, rather than perfect practitioners.

To this end, the structure of the course involves a lot of practical activities, discussion and reflection, rather than chalk-and-talk delivery. The trainers are there to facilitate and offer feedback, rather than to show participants the ‘right’ way to do guidance.

Previously a residential course taking five days, this year will see the course being delivered online over six half days in two blocks of three.

The course allows all participants to share experiences and learn from each other, encouraging a participative, supportive and reflective environment.

The role

Successful candidate(s) will be invited to be Associate Trainers on GSA this year, with the potential to progress to full trainer in 2022.

This academic year, the training itself will be delivered remotely via Zoom Meeting and Moodle over a six day period in 2021, 19–21 May and 16–18 June, where you will participate, as an Associate Tutor. You will have the opportunity to observe some of the key elements of the course, shadow the tutors and get involved when and where you are able. You may be encouraged to contribute to the discussion or add to the feedback, but you would not be doing any delivery or formal facilitation.

Full Trainers commit to at least one planning day with the whole group to structure the course and agree roles. Future meetings and emails with the team will also be required, to support the topics you will be covering. 

Working with your fellow trainers you will input ideas and topics, facilitate group sessions, observe and give feedback on live one-to-one sessions, and support participants in reflecting on their own practice and offering feedback to their fellow learners.

Who we are looking for?

A current guidance practitioner (e.g. Careers Adviser, Careers Consultant) with an interest and commitment to effective guidance practice, including core skills, partnership working with clients, and using models and theories (we use the latter to facilitate reflection, rather than teaching them).

You will need a passion for the role and see the ongoing value of guidance to modern careers services and to our profession. We are looking for someone who has a desire to train their peers and develop their own training expertise. 

You will be skilled at giving constructive feedback, and in supporting participants to offer reflective feedback and a questioning approach. You will need to be empathetic – participants can sometimes go on a bit of a ‘journey’ as part of the course. You will be interested in your own development – GSA is often as much a learning experience for the facilitators as the participants.

It’s not a prerequisite that you have completed the GSA course, but it may be advantageous. You will preferably have a training and/or teaching qualification and/or significant experience in your day job.

How to apply

Please apply to Erica Imhof with a brief statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are interested in the role, outlining any experience, and what you think you will bring to the group.

The deadline for the application is 17:00 on Friday 29 January. Those shortlisted will be invited to a 10 minute zoom chat to speak to the lead trainers.

For further information

If you want further information or wish to talk about the position please contact Rachael Roberts or Lorna Dargan­.