Here, I explain the terms I use that distinguish my unique approach from other environmental training programs.
Program Adviser – Program Advisers work with environmental program managers to help them set up or enhance environmental training programs. The elements in Cmy proven framework are strongly associated with more effective environmental training programs.
Program Manager – Program Managers are the people who run environmental programs. Such programs are already very common in a wide range of different business, government or non-profit bodies.
Training Provider – Training Providers are environmental subject matter experts who deliver the training that is just one of the seven key elements of effective management programs. Training Providers may be internal or external trainers with more or less influence over the other key program elements, but ideally they would work closely with the Program Manager and, where possible, the Program Adviser.
Subject matter expert (SME) – ‘Subject matter expert’ is what learning and development professionals and professional trainers call the experts they work with when developing training on specialist topics. These skilled learning and development professionals help environmental (and other) subject matter experts develop and deliver best practice training that has clear and measurable learning objectives and is both enjoyable and effective.
Learning and development (L&D) professional – L&D professionals are people who specialise in growing the capability of staff (and hence the performance) of an organisation through education, training, on-job support and other means. L&D professionals have a deep understanding of how to teach so people learn and how to set up training with measurable learning objectives and outcomes. They may be part of an in-house human resources team or they may provide external consultancy services. They may or may not themselves deliver training.
Human Resources (HR) – HR services, whether in-house or external, used to be called ‘personnel’ managers. They focus on staff matters such as recruitment, induction, training, retention, pay and conditions. Learning and development experts are usually housed within HR teams. These people are key players in staff development with a hugely valuable role in supporting the development, delivery and evaluation of environmental training.
Trainee – I hesitate to use the word ‘trainee’ because people attending professional development courses are already highly skilled. For some, environmental training workshops will focus their attention and expertise to achieve particular outcomes and help them realise their conscious competence in the environmental area. Others may already be in very responsible environmental management roles
How it works
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. Likewise, Program Managers may also become Program Advisers or Training Providers if they want to. And, of course, many trainees will already be in positions of environmental responsibility and may want to advance their role via environmental training.
It’s all about making the most difference we can!