In-house programmes available nationwide.
For further information, contact Gerard Fitzpatrick at 083 3482333, or by e-mail via our contact page.
This programme is aimed at people who wish to work as trainers and those who already do so and wish to enhance their skills and gain a qualification. It will also suit those who are interested in developing their personal and interpersonal skills.The programme aims to facilitate learners to develop a theoretical knowledge of adult learning, team working and leadership. It is also designed to provide them with experience of training and development, both as learner and trainer. The programme will look at all stages of delivering and evaluating training.
The programme will be a vibrant and dynamic mix or practical skills, activity, and the theory that underpins learning, training and human development. All participants will have the opportunity to practice training skills on the course. The programme will be highly participative: there will be lots of activity, interaction and discussion.
It is envisaged that those who undertake the programme will become:
- Knowledgeable in training and adult learning theory
- Skilled in assessing training effectiveness, designing and implementing training evaluations
- Skilled in creating a positive, open and reflective learning environment
- Clear on the role of the trainer
- Skilled in delivering a training intervention
- Personal growth and development
We further envisage that participants will benefit to extent that they become:
- Skilled in leading teams
- More confident in their general skills, abilities and competencies, with enhanced career progression prospects.
Moreover, there is a substantial body of evidence that those who participate in effective groups benefit in many intangible ways. It is held that self-esteem and perceived sense of self-efficacy rise, and general personal and interpersonal skills develop positively. Fusion Training & Development propose to run a person centred programme in which respect and encouragement are central to the learning process. Participants will experience a cohesive, respectful, encouraging and achieving environment, which will provide them with an experience they can seek to establish in turn when they operate as trainers.
- Building a cohesive group: creating safety in a group, contracting, expectations & goal setting.
- Principles of Adult Learning: theories of Adult Learning, Adult Learning Styles, Experiential Learning Cycle
- Understanding Task and Process
- Establishing a positive learning environment (particular focus on Rogers’ core conditions)
- Training, educating, facilitating.
- Understanding group roles and group dynamics
- Conflict resolution
- The trainer as leader. Leadership, boundaries, power, responsibility. Values & ethics
- Training needs analysis. Designing appropriate training responses
- Setting training objectives
- Planning delivery of a training session. Materials, methods, exercises, aids
- Core training skills. Listening, questioning, giving feedback, communicating with clarity
- Evaluating training interventions and learner progress
- Self assessment/evaluation, integrating feedback and improving interventions
- Underlying the above course content, and infused throughout it, the facilitators will employ their extensive knowledge of training & development, group facilitation, psychology and psychotherapy to enable participants understand teams, and their own place as trainers of teams, at a profounder level.
In order to obtain certification, learners shall be obliged to undertake/demonstrate
- Skills demonstration 50%
- Assignment 50%
The skills demonstration will be 25 minutes in duration and will consist of participants demonstrating their competence as trainers. The assignment will call on participants to demonstrate, in writing, their approach to a training event, from beginning to delivery and assessment. Participants will be required to ground their approach to training in a theoretical framework.
Gerard Fitzpatrick has worked as a trainer and group facilitator for twenty year and has extensive experience of working with the public and private sectors. He holds an MA in Group Facilitation, a postgraduate diploma in Training & Development, and has trained in Integrative Psychotherapy and Reality Therapy. He also possesses an M.Phil in History. Besides running facilitation and general training groups, Gerard lectures in facilitation, counselling and psychotherapy at third level. He has written a well-received report on his highly successful and innovative work with ex-prisoners which is available for free on this website. He has also published two major, widely reviewed, and very well-received books on group facilitation.
Entry Requirements and Progression
To access this Level 6 programme, potential participants need to have completed a level 5 qualification. However, should applicants have notable levels of work or personal experience in the field, it is possible that this may qualify them for a place on the course. Further details are available in our Student Handbook which we will forward to you on request. Moreover, the Course Director is available to discuss the matter further at 083 3482333.
Those who complete a Level 6 programme will be eligible to complete further Level 6 components and advance to a Major Certificate Award, or progress to a Level 7 award. The Course Director will be pleased to discuss these options and opportunities with you further.