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Swindon Scouts

Adult Training

Welcome to Swindon North's Adult Training pages. 

Whether you're a new learner or a Scouter changing roles these pages will provide you with information that will help you through your adult training.

If you're about to take your first step on the training ladder, you'll meet with the district's appointed Local Training Manager/District Commissioner at your appointments meeting who will explain the Adult Training Scheme and your role and responsibilities within it. You'll be provided with the resources to help support you through the scheme. A Training Advisor will be arranged shortly afterwards to support you through your training.

The Adult Personal File will provide you with the tools and information to help you with your training and show you the various validations you'll need to complete for each module. 

There are several modules needed to be completed for a Section Leader or Manager role and there is no requirement to do the modules in order but it is important that the ‘Getting Started modules’ are completed during your provisional warrant period (normally 5 months).  The ‘Getting Started’ modules are Modules 1 to 3 (and including GDPR training) for a section leader and Modules 1, 2 and 4 (plus GDPR training) for a manager. After that we then recommend you concentrate on the ‘Getting Going’ modules (5, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 12a & 12b).  The remaining modules are considered ‘Getting On’ modules and need to be completed for your woodbadge to be awarded; however, as mentioned, you do not need to validate these modules in the order they are listed - your TA will support you in deciding which is the best training plan for you.


Training courses are organised at a county and district level throughout the year.  These courses are advertised on the Wiltshire Scout website and Swindon North website

Signing up to a course is simple; For Swindon North based courses all you have to do is complete the Online Module Application Form and the course director of that training course will email you details closer to the time. Please not that first aid courses use a different first aid online application form

For courses outside of Swindon North: you'll need to email the course trainer electronically at least 4 weeks before the date of the module with a module application form (as a courtesy please also include your TA and/or GSL). You'll receive acknowledgement that you're on the course and once attended your TA will be made aware and will help you with your validations for that module.

Training courses are the best way to learn about Scouting as you'll meet other Scouters from all over the district and county and be able to discuss first hand with them Scouting: an established trainer will also be there to answer any questions you have.

Of course, we understand that your time is precious so the Association has other ways of training for the various modules - online e-learning, workbooks, one-to-one training, videos etc on the Learner's Resources web pages on the national Scout website. Your TA will be able to discuss these various different training methods and find one that best suits you.

Swindon North Training Dates

If you have any questions you can contact your Group Scout Leader who will help you.

We hope you have an enjoyable time with us whilst you train for your role. 


Safeguarding Online Information


Training Modules

When you meet with a Training Adviser (TA) they will complete a short ‘Module Feedback Form’ for you, this then gets passed on to the Local Training Administrator/District Commissioner, who will update Compass/confirm Compass has been updated by your TA. After this process has happened the module feedback form is deleted from our local records and your Compass Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is download so, should data be deleted by Compass it can be restored. You have access to your Training records via signing up to Compass.

Ongoing Learning

The district only keep the certificates for your ongoing learning if they are in date. These are First Aid/Response, Safety and Safeguarding. These are used at appointments to confirm that your on-going learning is in date at point of role renewal.

Attendance Records

When you sign up to a local district course via Swindon North website you pass on details to the trainer so they can contact you about the training. After you have attended training, Compass is updated and a ‘record of attendance’ with only your name and group is completed and stored.

All the information above is kept by the LTM and the LTA on a shared drive. Training information, such as module completions, are shared with the local appointments team and training advisers if necessary to help maintain accurate records and/or support a learner through their training commitment.

Should you have concerns about your data please contact. 

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