Coaching (Client Centred Learning) is a process where in effect the coach enables the learner to teach themselves by helping them to recognise that they already have a highly efficient inbuilt ability to learn and evaluate things – they just need some faith to tap into them. By doing so the coach gets the learning out of the learner rather than the traditional instructional methods which attempt to put the learning in.
As a Coach you are enabling the learner to have faith in themselves and the resources available to them and as such is a very powerful tool to empower learners. Coaching also means that learner’s awareness is raised and they are putting together solutions to their own problems and are making their own decisions. This results in greater awareness of driving risks and the consequences of risky behaviour and thrill seeking tendencies and will result in safer roads because of the change in attitudes and behaviours that develop as a result of the coaching process.
Coaching is a process that enables clients to achieve their full potential. In order to achieve this a Coach will:
- Facilitate the exploration of needs, motivations, desires, skills and thought processes to assist the individual in making real, lasting change.
- Use questioning techniques to facilitate client’s own thought processes in order to identify solutions and actions rather than takes a wholly directive approach
- Support the client in setting appropriate goals and methods of assessing progress in relation to these goals
- Observe, listen and ask questions to understand the client’s situation
- Creatively apply tools and techniques which may include one-to-one training, facilitating, counselling & networking.
- Encourage a commitment to action and the development of lasting personal growth & change.
- Maintain unconditional positive regard for the client, which means that the coach is at all times supportive and non-judgemental of the client, their views, lifestyle and aspirations.
- Ensure that clients develop personal competencies and do not develop unhealthy dependencies on the coaching relationship.
- Evaluate the outcomes of the process, using objective measures wherever possible to ensure the relationship is successful and the client is achieving their personal goals.
- Encourage clients to continually improve competencies and to develop new developmental alliances where necessary to achieve their goals.
Coaching is taking the best from traditional methods and adding to it a powerful client centred approach that empowers the learner. This is achieved by a relationship being created that is equal, non-judgemental and supportive. The learner will be fully engaged and involved and driving the process for themselves, developing solutions to issues that are long lasting as it is their own thoughts and feelings that are being developed which in turn create desirable behaviours, which once developed become learned for life.
The learner doesn’t pass the test and then learn to drive, it happens at the beginning meaning they are then free and safe to develop more experience, but the tools to drive safely in all situations are already in place
A truly modern approach for a modern world.
We are now rolling out our course in “Common Sense” Coaching and we would like to invite driving instructors interested in getting a step on the coaching ladder to attend and benefit. This one day course will introduce you to the basics of coaching and give you “common sense” methods to apply it in your working life.
Upon completion of the one day course there are two options open to attendees. Complete the workskills workbook and undergo an in car observation of your coaching technique, which will allow you to gain a level 3 award which contains units in coaching mentoring and feedback, a fairly simple task once the course is complete, or go for the ILM level 3 award or certificate in coaching, this requires a bit more research and written work.
Both options result in a nationally recognised qualification to those who successfully complete, which recognise your coaching skills in any industry not just driver training or within one particular training providers organisation with customised BTEC courses. Most courses currently offered in coaching within driver training do not lead to a nationally recognised qualification regulated by Ofqual. Nationally recognised courses lead to a QCF of a given level (i.e. 1 to 8) of a certain size (i.e. award, certificate or diploma).
The course Can be done as a standalone or you can take it further and gain a recognised (on the Qualifications credit framework) qualification. There are two options.
The following information may help you to decide which “follow on” route (if any) is right for you.
The WorkSkills follow on option covers the following BTEC EDEXCEL QCF units:
Evidence for this award will be collected via assignemt (4500 words) and a reflective log and coaching diary