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We provide a range of mandatory and optional training opportunities to equip and support leaders in working with children & young people.

E-Learning Modules

We are currently introducing a number of e-learning modules, and from 1st  January 2022 all new volunteers will be required to complete 3 e-learning modules as part of our registration process.  These modules include an Introduction to BB, Safeguarding and Managing risk. Existing leaders will be required to complete the newly launched e-learning within a specified period of time (to be confirmed). The e-learning modules can be completed though Online Brigade Manager (OBM).

Youth Leader Training (YLT)

Our mandatory training for anyone wishing to take a lead role within a BB Company is known as Youth Leadership Training (YLT). It is also for any other leaders who wish to extend their skills and knowledge in working with children and young people.

YLT consists of 6 required modules (with options for working with Under 11’s and Over 11’s);

  • Introduction to BB Module
    • Vision, mission and values
    • 4 Core Values of Youth Work
    • Knowledge, skills and attitudes- competency
    • Themes of Youth Leader Training
  • Working with Over 11’s Module
    • Building relationships
    • Qualities of a leader
    • Empowerment and Participation
    • The Empowerment Ladder
  • Working with Under 11’s Module
    • Building relationships
    • Effective Welcomes
    • Helping children relate positively to one another
    • Framework for delivery
  • Safeguarding Module
    • Guiding principles of Safeguarding
    • Harm and abuse
    • Scenarios
    • 4 R’s – Recognise, Respond to, Report and Record
    • Recognising and understanding Boundaries
  • Managing Risk Module
    • Practical guide to risk assessments
    • Risk benefit and analysis
  • Programme Planning & Delivery Module
    • Programme recourses and awards
    • Programme planning
    • Practical experience
  • Sharing Faith Module
    • Spirituality, Faith and Religion
    • Communicating Christian Faith
    • Answering difficult questions
    • Working partnership with the local church
  • Equal Opportunities Module
    • How accessible is the BB
    • Protected characteristics
    • Equalities Act 2010

Management Training

Management Training (formally Captain’s training) is mandatory for anyone taking on a management role within the BB. The training consists of an in depth look into the role and responsibilities of the Captain or Leader in Charge (formally Officer in Charge), building and maintaining relationships, safeguarding and safe recruitment, including Leaders Code of Conduct and tools and resources to support the role.

Training for Residentials

The following training is mandatory for leaders taking responsibility for residentials, canvas camps and/or expeditions.

  • Holiday Leadership Certificate
    Training is mandatory for any leader taking a lead role for a camp or holiday Certificates are valid for 5 years.
    The course covers: 

    • Preparing for a Camp/Holiday
    • Safety and Risk Management
    • Food hygiene
    • Building good relationships
  • Camp Craft Certificate
    Training is mandatory for any leader taking responsibility for a canvas camp. Certificates are valid for 5 years.

    • Setting up standing camps
    • Cooking equipment and accommodation
    • Sanitation and safety
    • Practical campcraft experience
  • Expedition & Outdoor Leadership Certificates
    The Certificate is a requirement for those training or supervising expeditions. The certificate is valid for 5 years.

These certificates are kept live by providing a record of residentials and camps every 5 years and will in the future also require completion of an e-learning module.

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