Personnel from the Environment, Natural Resources & Planning Directorate (ENRPD)  and the Saint Helena National Trust (SHNT) recently had the opportunity to take part in the St Helena ‘Train The Trainer’ (TTT) Course.

The TTT course, delivered by Leigh Morris (a consultant working for the Agriculture & Natural Resources Division (ANRD), was a four-day programme targeted at people working in the environmental/land-based sector on St Helena. The course is designed, regardless of people’s previous experience, to develop their skills to become more confident and effective communicators, trainers and teachers, through an immersive, interactive programme.

The 12 participants on the course included people who will take the lead in delivering the TTT course on-Island in the future. The course saw participants taking part in discussions, teaching observations and a range of classroom exercises on the following topics:

  • Lesson/session planning
  • Presentation skills
  • Reflection and self-analysis
  • Learning styles & adapting training to suit different styles
  • Engaging with audience’ use of questions
  • Teaching a practical skill
  • Team Teaching

The final day of the TTT Course took place on Wednesday, 3 April 2019, at ANRD, Scotland, with participants each delivering their second individual micro-teach session to the rest of their class, on aspects of their work. The session’s topics ranged from calibrating a knapsack spray to calculating gross margins for crops, and from grading timber to how to record weather data.

Agricultural Development Officer, Andy Timm, commented:

“Overall, it was a brilliant course, and I am confident that the participants learnt a lot and will use the skills and knowledge gained in their current job roles.”

The participants will receive their TTT certificates from Acting Director of ENRPD, Darren Duncan, at a presentation at Scotland on 1 May 2019.

Notes to Editor

The need for the TTT course was a key recommendation of the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) carried out in 2018, the full report of which is available on the SHG website here: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Agriculture-Training-Needs-Analysis-Report-Oct-2018.pdf

TTT Course Tutor, Leigh Morris, developed the course when he was based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), to better enable botanists and horticulturists to pass on their knowledge and skills. He developed the TTT Course further in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), who subsequently used the course to train staff across all their gardens. Leigh has previously delivered the TTT course at RBGE, RHS, and at other botanic gardens around the world.

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SHG
23 April 2019

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