2.9.1 Select NMI staff possible trainers
The instructors of the NMI training services reflect the image of the Institute when they are in front a group. For that reason it is important choosing the members of NMI staff that can work as instructors according to certain skills and characteristics, besides the technical knowledge they should have in specific topics.
a) Define the required Trainer Profile
Depending on your NMI training service, demands and activities, trainers will need to fulfill a certain profile.
- Required technical knowledge (topic and level);
- Training skills level (assistant teacher, principal teacher, senior teacher);
- Representative level;
- Comittment with quality and excellence, etc.
b) Select possible trainers (candidates)
Most of your laboratory staff has a technical background and probably some previous experience in comunicating and transferring information. When selecting members for your training service follow the required profile.
Explore and analyze:
Required knowledge: development in laboratory, actual job performance, previous jobs, profesional interests and records.
Training skills: previous experience/ability to prepare, execute, evaluate training activities; or to write/comunicate contents (papers, posters, articles, public speaking).
Representative level: information and comittment on NMI`s role and activities; attitude and opinions about rules and procedures, equity, social responsability, genre transversalisation.
Availability: personal and profesional interest in training, time to absorb the task and keep update training skills
Passion for improvemet: their own and NMI users competitiveness.
2.9.2 Prepare a Try/Train the trainer “in the job” Program
The best way to confirm your choices is to try/train them as instructors testing their knowledge and training skills “in the job”, to be sure they can assume training activities on their own, adjusted to demands requirements and NMI´s standards.
Try/Train the trainer in the job Programs should focus in involving the candidate/s in the NMI´s training activities and process, following stages and responsability levels gradually, to ensure that increasing complexity can be assumed.
Define a Program including:
A set of activities to be developed by candidate/s depending on the training skills to be developed/improved, which could be one or more of the principal Training Skills:
Prepare and design training activities: candidates can prepare/improve contents; presentations; exercises or demonstrations; study materials; methodologies and tools.
Execute training activities: include candidate in regular NMI training offer, in different levels: as Observer and silent collaborator; as Assistant Teacher (comunicate part of content, coordinate some exercises / demonstrations); as Principal Teacher (execute one course on his/her own, under supervision - present or post activity-).
Evaluate training activities: candidate/s can collaborate in preparing evaluation tools and methods; collecting and analizing feedback from participants, team, and users.
A Program Schedule. Distribute the selected activities, set dates, responsabilities for supervision, evidences to confirm accomplishments, and evaluation tools.
2.9.3 Execute, evaluate, and register
- Supervise execution with continuous follow up (make changes if necessary).
- Evaluate using different inputs: Supervisor´s and Principal Teacher opinions; activities results; participants opinions surveys.
- Collect and register evidences and evaluations results.
2.9.4 Include new trainers as NMI permanent training team
Distribute courses and training activities that will be offered by NMI, including new trainers as permanent training team.
Include new trainers to collaborate in planning/developing actions to respond to users demand and fulfill NMI strategic and operative planning related to Training Services.