Environmental training is a fast-growing field and there are lots of highly skilled experts out there delivering environmental training.
So what’s different about my approach?
Four things make my approach unique, enabling enabling all of us to work together in an exponential process, making a bigger difference, faster:3 elements from three different worlds – environment, training and employment
- 3 elements from three different worlds – environment, training and employment
- 3 distinct roles in delivering great environmental training
- 7 elements in a framework that promotes success
- 5 leading groups who can make a difference.
FIRSTLY, THE ELEMENTS. My program is the first to explicitly bring together in one simple package:
- robust pedagogy, instructional design and evaluation, from the world of professional training
- best practice ecosystem governance, plan-making and outcome monitoring, from leading world research and my own practical experience
- an explicit link from environmental management to smart jobs that grow workforce skills and provide much-needed employment while improving the environment.
SECONDLY, THE ROLES. I make a distinction between the following roles:
- Program Advisers, who help others set up or enhance environmental training programs by using my proven framework – this comprises key elements strongly associated with more effective environmental training programs
- Training Providers, who deliver the training that is just one of the seven key elements of effective programs. They may be internal or external trainers, with more or less influence over the other key program elements.
These are fluid roles: Program Advisers may also deliver training where they have the right skills, while Training Providers can help their employers or clients develop the success framework and also become Program Advisers if they are keen to do so. Program Managers may also become Program Advisers, or indeed Training Providers, if they want to. And, of course, Trainees can migrate into the process, too.
This unique approach works across sectors and issues, including those in which the Program Adviser is not an expert.
It’s what enables is to make a bigger difference, faster.
THIRDLY, THE SUCCESS FRAMEWORK. From my experience with a diverse range of environmental training programs, I have developed a robust and proven framework of which environmental training is just one part. The six other elements that support the training are Partnership; Research, including baselines, benchmarks, objectives and outcomes; Monitoring, evaluation and review; Policy and compliance; Guidelines or standard procedures; and Program resourcing and support. The presence of these elements is strongly associated with more effective environmental training.
The result is an exponential process: Program Advisers can do more by helping others set up training programs than they can by delivering environmental training themselves. And there are lots of environmental experts out there who can deliver the much-needed training, with input from professional trainers and working with the support provided by my proven success framework.
FOURTHLY, THE CHANGE LEADERS. I highlight five significant groups with a vital role in delivering effective environmental training. Many of these groups are already active in creating green jobs:
- government bodies at all levels, local to global
- companies, business associations and trade unions
- first nations peoples, environmental associations and non-profits
- tertiary educators and technical and vocational trainers
- professional trainers and learning and development personnel.
Many of these groups are already active in creating smart jobs for a better world and doing environmental training.