Notes from 2014 conference workshop below - thoughts, comments?
• Variation between ITO’s across the country. Some offer full CPD programme and fund instructors who deliver for them, others offer none.
• Call for funding to allow all ITO’s to offer 6 hours of free CPD. But who provides this funding?
• All courses (NSI) must be four days. Most see the main role of an ITO to deliver these courses and nothing else.
• Should NSI’s be licensed ie. provide proof of CPD etc. and re-register with ITO yearly?
• Call for standardisation of ITOS ie. in set locations (county or regionally based) who can licence NSI’s who deliver in their area.
BACKGROUND NOTES FOR SESSION:
Instructor training organisations are at the centre of the system to enhance and maintain the quality of National Standard instructor training in England.
Instructor Training Organisations (ITOS) are the only bodies recognised by the government as providers of training for National Standard instructor trainers, instructors and assistance instructors.
All ITOS have been through a comprehensive application process to assess their ability to deliver National Standard instructor training and provide membership services to instructors. ITOs’ training and management is reviewed periodically by the DfT.
ITOS are responsible for training new instructors and for providing existing instructors with opportunities for continuing professional development and updates to the National Standard for cycle training. ITOS are required to provide membership services to help ensure the standard of cycle training delivered by National Standard instructors is maintained after the initial 4-day course and post-course assessment.
Only instructors trained by ITOs will be issued with National Standard Instructor (NSI) numbers, which identify them as providing cycle training that meets the National Standard.
Cycle training schemes registered with Bikeability must use National Standard Instructors who are members of an ITO to deliver training. DfT grant for cycle training will only be payable to eligible schemes if they are using instructors who are members of an ITO to deliver the cycle training.
What happens in Devon:
DfT – should they provide funding to support this with funding for ITO’s?
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