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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

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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 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

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.


Shell Rowlinson

Deputy County Training Manager

I began my scouting journey in 2016 when I dropped off my daughter to Beavers and never left! My first role was as an Assistant Beaver Leader, since then I have held a number of roles, utilising my knowledge as an experienced educational professional, to assist Greater Manchester East Scouts. I currently multiple roles including Deputy County Training Manager (DCTM), Training Advisor, County Safeguarding and Safety Advisor as well as Scout Leader at 7th Stalybridge.  As DCTM for delivery, I am responsible for the delivery of adult leader training within our County, the past year has been particularly busy as we have needed to move our provision online. This has been a huge success and we are happy to say we have managed to deliver training to more leaders than ever before!

As a busy mum of 4 I am well aware of the impact that volunteering within scouting makes on family time and am always thankful of the commitment our team shows.In my spare time I enjoy running, hiking and watching old movies with my partner and children. 


Zoe Howarth-Lowe

County Training Administrator

I am the County Training Administrator, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need anything as I’m happy to help. I am also a Beaver Leader in Tame Valley. I joined Scouting when my Son started in Beavers and now can’t imagine not being involved, I love being a Beaver Leader. I am also a Poet, so when not Scouting I can be found working on my next book. 

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