Dave Cardiff, 21st June 2014
PREPARING TO TEACH IN THE LIFELONG LEARNING SECTOR (PTLLS) Level 4
Assignment 1: Unit Evidence 008 – Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Lifelong Learning…
Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS) is a regional charity established in 1973. We work to promote a better and more sympathetic understanding of alcohol and drug related problems, to study their causes and effects and to undertake and co-operate with all relevant agencies in the prevention, treatment and aftercare of those affected by alcohol and drug misuse. (ADS Mission Statement)
I am a full time, permanent employee and manage an ADS training project called ‘Bridging the Gap’ (BTG) with the help of a part-time administrator and a team of ‘Learning Mentors.’ We are funded by ‘The Big Lottery Fund’ and I have been in my current role for six years. Prior to this my role at ADS was 'Volunteer Coordinator'
BTG is a 16 week course (1 ½ days per week) aimed at developing the skills of former drug and alcohol service users in order to support them to become ready to re-enter main stream education, training or employment (either voluntary or paid).
I deliver all the training myself and am responsible for the recruitment and selection every 6 months of 25-30 new students, all 18+ but mostly in the 35-55 age range and supervising up to 20 voluntary work experience placements for graduating students with a number and variety of local social care service providers including rehabilitation homes, detoxification units, supported housing, homeless hostels, magistrates court, probation and more. I also support them into employment, providing assistance with interview skills, C.V.’s, application forms and job research
The most important part of this process is ‘the learner’ and presenting the material in a way that appeals to and engages everyone in a diverse group, which includes a wide range of learner styles, prior learning and academic ability....