As the Covid travel and work restrictions eased the KABSEC Training Team travelled to the Kent Fire & Rescue Service in Chatham, Kent this week for the first face to face training of the year.

The training, organised by Inspector Terry Newman of Kent Police, was delivered to 14 delegates from Kent Police and partner agencies. This was an eclectic mix which included a Team Leader for Kent County Council Wardens, a Collaboration Officer from Kent Fire Service, Community Safety Officers who represented 4 different local authorities, an Emergency Planning/CCTV Team Leader and officers from  Kent Police.

The course was designed to enhance the learners knowledge and experience with day one focusing on Problem Solving. This acted as a timely refresher for Police staff and an introduction to the Problem Solving theories for others. The day was interspersed with tutor input, group tasks and exercises.

Day Two began with the ‘Preparing to Teach’ theories. The academic side was discussed, with references made to the theories of Maslow, Rogers and Kolb, explaining them in a practical way and demonstrating how they are applied to learning.

The learners were given practical group exercises before the core principles of training were discussed. This included how adults learn, the importance of preparation, lesson plans, use of resources, activities and presentation skills.

The day finished with the learners delivering a micro teach on a subject of their choice followed by constructive feedback by the course tutors.

The third day of the course consolidated the learning with the preparation of a work based problem solving micro teach. The learners  worked in pairs, with others from similar work backgrounds, to deliver their session to the rest of the group before the  course concluded.

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