What I need to know

What is it? 

The Adult Training Scheme is the training that most leaders must undertake and is based around two key elements:


Learning-This is when the adult has the opportunity to gain or improve the knowledge and skills

which they need to perform their role. As the scheme recognises prior learning, knowledge and

experience; individuals may not need to complete learning for every aspect of the scheme. 

Validation-This is when a Training Adviser will check what the adult has learned, and that they can apply the skills that they have acquired to their role. Validation is essential for every module except for the mandatory ongoing learning modules

Who needs to do it? 

Your training obligations are dependant on the role you undertake within scouting.  Your line manager will have told you what your role is when first appointed , and agreed a role description with you .  Almost every role will have some training or validation  obligations, these could be 'Mandatory Ongoing Learning' such as safety and safeguarding which will require renewal every 3 years, or the 'wood badge' which will only need completing once for that role.  

Before you start you will need to complete a 'Check Your Knowledge' assessment for each module which will help you and your Training Advisor identify what you know and if your prior knowledge can be recognised. 

What is a Personal Learning Plan? 

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

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 Explorer Young Leaders’ Scheme cannot be used to automatically meet training or validation requirements 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. 

What Modules do I need to do? 

The Module Matrix provides a summary of all the learning that makes up the Adult Training Scheme. These are:

  • Getting Started 

  • Training for All Appointments

  • ‘TheProgramme’ 

  • ‘The People’

  •  Manager and Supporter training

  • Supplementary module


​The Module Matrix is colour coded to give you an indication of the roles which are likely to benefit from the training. The Matrix also provides delivery methods and a guide to each modules content.

Who can help me?

Training advisors are leaders who have already completed their wood badge and have the necessary skills to support and train other adults. Your Line Manager will assist you in finding a Training Advisor in liaison with the Local Training Manager (LTM).  Each district has an LTM who matches leaders with Training Advisors, usually from the same section. 

  • It is best if someone has a training adviser from outside their group.

  • Managers & supporters need a specific M&S training advisor

How do I access training? 

Training Courses

At GME all Wood Badge modules are offered as either a residential course or standalone module. To book a session, search the calendar and click on the link to book through eventbrite 

We have a virtual training platform for leaders to book on to, where we will delivery training online without you having to leave the comfort of your own home. 
Members outside GME may attend our courses for a small fee. Please contact ctm@gmescouts.org.uk for more details.

What is 'validation' and how do I complete this? 

After you have completed the learning for each module, either by recognising prior knowledge or attending training, you will then need to 'validate' what you know. This will be done by submitting evidence of the use of that knowledge or learning in your current role to demonstrate your skills.


The Leaders Personal File will guide you through the requirements for each module and evidence should be shown to your Training Advisor. 

We now run virtual validation sessions online, see here for more details

I need help with my training, who should I contact? 

Meet the Team

Cliff Meadowcroft

County Training Manager


I joined the movement in 1977 as a cub and then a scout at 3rd Ashton Under Lyne (St James’s), I continued my youth membership in Venture Scouts at 2/1st Hurst. My first role as an Adult volunteer was as Assistant Scout Leader at 12th Ashton. Work moved me south where a wife and children also happened!! I returned to scouting through my children where I took on the role of Group Scout Leader. Whilst in that role and just managing to squeeze of little more than the one hour per week I also sat on the District and County Executives and was Chairman of the Appointments Advisory Committee. My current role is as County Training Manager which involves me in Managing the Adult training provision along with being a panel member of the Regional Training Team. Outside of Scouting I am a Quantity Surveyor by profession but currently employed as a Principal Estimator where I also act as examiner for the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors. I also play the cornet.

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