Train the Trainer

Recommended Audience:

  • Persons with a commitment and passion for safety!
  • Persons with leadership skills
  • Persons with experience in commercial grain handling facilities – managers, supervisors, employees
  • Persons with experience in grain handling on the producer end – farmers, farm managers/operators, farm employees
  • Persons with experience training or educating others in agricultural safety, agricultural production or other grain related agribusiness (such as university extension staff;  FFA, 4 H, and Ag instructors; safety directors/trainers for agribusinesses, commercial elevators, or related industries; agribusiness/agri-insurance risk managers/assessors;
  • Persons with experience in agricultural emergencies such as first responders, volunteer rescue personnel; health professionals
  • Persons with regulatory compliance backgrounds for agribusinesses or other related fields
  • Persons known and respected as leaders in their local community

Course Description:  Train the Trainer courses are available for all five curriculum modules.  Train the Trainer focuses on preparing others to instruct training sessions using the curriculum modules including the demonstrations, participatory activities, discussion questions, evaluations, pre/post tests.  The course is focused on familiarizing participants with the technical content of the modules, showing how to conduct the demonstrations, participatory activities and group exercises.  Additionally, a portion of the time is devoted to providing participants with training techniques, strategies, and tools; familiarizing participants with administrative duties such as sign in sheets, evaluations, pre- and post- tests; discussing trainer expectations and providing information on room arrangements, community partnerships, and other training details necessary for a successful training experience.  After the completion of the course, participants will be asked if they plan on being an active trainer.  Trainers must meet certain pre-requisites and be willing to commit to the Trainer Expectations.  Trainers will be given an Instructor Materials for each module and be asked to fill out a Trainer Contact Information & Interest Form upon completion of the course.

Trainer Prerequisites:  In order to be a successful community trainer and be able to access information,  persons interested in becoming trainers need to possess some basic skills such as:   ability to send and receive emails; working knowledge of presenting a Microsoft Power Point; basic mechanical skills (use of screwdriver, drill for example).  See complete list of Trainer Prerequisites (link).

Trainer Expectations:  Trainers are volunteers who agree to provide GHSC training in their local communities.  To keep the cost to participants attending Train the Trainer low, GHSC requests a minimal 12 month commitment and 12 hours of training.  See complete Trainer Expectations. (link)

GHSC Expectations:  Trainers can expect GHSC to provide them with instruction materials, classroom aids, and support.  When funds are available, GHSC will provide a stipend and/or mileage reimbursement to trainers.  See complete GHSC Expectations.[A3]  

Trainer Contact Information and Interest Form

Instructor Manual:  Participants will receive an Instructor Manual for each module to guide the trainer slide by slide.  The manual also provides instructions on how to obtain equipment, participant manuals and handout;  Instruction on how to conduct demonstrations (and equipment list), participatory activities, group exercises and discussion questions.  There are also sections for effective training techniques, how to prepare for training, instructions to complete administrative work (registration sheets, evaluations, pre- and post tests),  additional reference materials, copies of all forms and handouts.  Slide by Slide Instructions guide the trainer with key teaching points; discussion questions; additional information (Notes Section); slide animation, video, and hyperlink instructions; and a presentation “clock” at key locations within the curriculum which assists the trainer to keep pace and stay on track during a normal course length.

General Goals:

  1. Participants will be familiar and comfortable with technical content of the modules.
  2. Participants will be able to conduct the demonstrations, activities, exercises related to the course modules.
  3. Participants will be familiar with and able to perform the administrative aspects of training sessions such as ensuring sign in sheets and evaluations are completed and returned; pre/post tests are administered and returned.
  4. Participants will understand and be able to implement successful training techniques, strategies, and tools.

Upcoming Training Events

December 18, 2014
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