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Volunteer Support > Training > Introduction

Adult volunteers are at the heart of Scouting, and we hope that you will get every bit as much out of it as you put in. Scouting is not only about young people, but also about the development of adults within the Movement.

To support adults in Scouting, we provide a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and develop new competencies. Some elements of training can count towards externally-recognised qualifications, and within the movement there are also awards to recognise dedication to training and outstanding service.

One of the key principles of the adult training scheme is flexibility. It's available to you whenever you want it. The scheme gives you the opportunity to learn at a time and place convenient to you. Make the most of the adult training scheme to see what you can discover.

Formal Training

There are three types of training provision (plus safeguarding training for all roles), depending on your role and information is available via the links below:

Both begin with the creation of a Personal Learning Plan.

    Creating a Personal Learning Plan

    Once you have agreed your role description with your line manager, you will need to create a plan for your training called a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) before starting your training. This should be created and agreed in partnership with your Training Adviser.

    The Adults Personal File will be a useful guide to help you to assess the skills and knowledge you already have and decide additional learning you need to complete. 

    Although the completion of the Young Leaders’ Scheme cannot be used as automatic validation for any module, it should be acknowledged and taken into consideration when agreeing the personal learning plan. The factsheet below is a useful guide to help identify the skills you may have gained through completion of the Young Leader's Scheme. 

    Prior Learning Gained in the Young Leaders' Scheme (FS330094) (PDF)

    Training Resources

    The resources below provide an introduction to and overview of The Scout Associations' Adult Training Scheme. They are a great source of information for any questions that you might have about training. The Training Advisers Guide and Adults Personal File also provide information about the validation criteria for each module.

    Details of the key changes from previous versions of these documents can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)