Part of STP trainee induction 2020 – Webinar 1 – Training planning

What is a training plan and what should be in it?

Last Updated: 17th September 2020

Here, we will step you through the three years of your STP, identifying what you will do and where in each of the years of the programme.

My training plan

The training plan is a way of helping you to understand and manage what you need to achieve over the 3 years of the STP programme. It should help you and your Training Officer to organise your time and some of the activities of the department so that you that you can work through the many demands of the programme in a planned and structured manner. Your Training Officer is initially responsible for starting off your training plan. However, as time goes on, you should be more involved in the planning and eventually take ownership of the plan. For training planning to be successful, a collaborative approach is necessary where communication with everyone involved in your training is key.

What should be included in my training plan? 

Your Training Officer should include a structured timetable of events, particularly containing details of what you will be doing for the immediate period ahead. The early details in the plan are likely to include workplace mandatory training and workplace induction activities and dates for key activities such as regular 1-2-1’s, reviewing progress and anything else that is necessary and the mandatory STP induction activities held by the School. You should advise your Training Officer of your academic schedule and exam timetable and also of the names and contact details of your academic staff at your university, so that your Training Officer is able to communicate with them. It would also be useful to know your key assessment dates: e.g. the mid-term review of progression (MRP). Make sure you discuss diary availability including holiday commitments for both yourself and your Training Officer.

It is important to remember that you are supernumerary, which means you should be allocated protected study time. It will be important that you plan for and use this time for academic study, for preparation for your university exams and assessments and also in order to keep up-to-date with creating and submitting evidence of your workplace competencies. Be flexible with this. You may want to take this as a block of days, or one day every week or another combination. You should also negotiate with your Training Officer whether you will do this work at home or in the workplace.