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Advance Leadership Skills For Technical Staff

Advance Leadership Skills For Technical Staff

Description

Take the next step in your journey to develop your skills and become a confident leader or manager.

In the context of constant change, organisational and financial challenges, such as restructuring, the function of leadership is key to navigating and motivating people in achieving goals. This course has been designed for those who have line management responsibility and wish to further build their people management skills in the technical services environment. The two day CPD will focus on theories and models of leadership through a practical and tailored approach to leadership for technicians. The course will utilise work-related case studies to enhance your learning.

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to deliver their management and leadership roles effectively.


Objectives of the course include exploring the following:

- Leadership style and competency
- Working within teams and the roles you play
- How and what you need to do to lead and develop an effective team
- How you lead and manage change
- Development networks and securing stakeholder buy-ins
- Adaptation, emotional intelligence and resilience
- Chairing effective meetings
- Leadership and the power of reflection

This course has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from theory and practice, group discussions and individual reflection on the current practice. The participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills in their work.

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Assertiveness Skills For Technicians

Assertiveness Skills For Technicians

Description

Discover how to be assertive and become an effective member of staff to improve the daily workings of your department.

Have you thought about the results of your behaviour on your personal impact, professional effectiveness and your career? Have you considered how lack of assertion impacts organisations and your own development?
Based on well-researched theories and rooted in everyday practice, this CPD will empower participants to instantly embed their learning into the workplace, enabling them to become more confident with their behaviour at work. We will work with real life scenarios and will be referring to real life practices to make the session as experiential as possible and to empower participants to take the learning and start using it straight away.
The aim is to equip participants with the practical tools and techniques necessary to increase their assertiveness in the services and support environment.

Objectives of the course include exploring the following:


-Beliefs, thinking processes, verbal and non
-verbal aspects of our behaviours to understand how we can increase our assertiveness in all these aspects
-How the lack of assertion and aggression impacts on our personal impact and organisational results -How to apply the learning in real life scenarios to make the sessions as experiential as possible
-How assertiveness can create empowerment
-How we are influenced by someone’s non-assertion or aggression

It has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from group discussions and, individual reflection on the current practice. The participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills in their work.

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Change in the workplace for Technicians

Change in the workplace for Technicians

Description

Understand and maximise opportunities from change in the workplace.   

Working in an ever changing environment has become the norm for many technicians in higher and further education. This includes restructuring of technical teams and functions, organisational initiatives and strategic goals that impact on technical teams. To operate in this climate, technicians are expected to support, enable and, where appropriate, drive the change processes for success. However, without clear understanding of the change processes, barriers to change and why resistance occurs, change will become stressful and unachievable. 

The aim of this course is to increase the knowledge and skills related to change management for technical staff.

Objectives of the course include exploring the following:

  • Understanding change in the workplace 

  • Stages of change transitions and how change is communicated and implemented 

  • Resistance to change and associated mitigations 

  • How to prepare yourself, embed and sustain change in technical teams

  • How to influence stakeholders – best practice for technicians

  • Essential requirements for success in the change management process 

This course has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from group discussions and individual reflection on the current practice. Participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills in their work.

By the end of this course, participants are expected to:

  • Be aware of the factors that lead to change in the workplace
  • Effectively work in a change environment
  • Gain confidence and understanding of the resistance to change
  • Be able to proactively engage with the change process, to maximise opportunities
  • Influence the change team and champions, to achieve positive outcomes
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Coaching Skills For Technical Professionals

Coaching Skills For Technical Professionals

Description

Influence, motivate and boost performance through coaching skills

In professional settings, people must work with and through others to achieve goals. Coaching empowers people to take greater responsibility and ownership of their work. Coaching conversations are highly effective in influencing coachee thinking, feeling, and behaviour, leading to increase in performance and progress. This is especially relevant for technical supervisors, leaders and managers who want to build and maintain trust with team members, increase motivation and continuous service improvement.

Coaching helps the coachee to gain their own insights into a situation, usually on issues related to performance, development and decision-making. The process of questioning, listening, summarising, providing observations, feedback and summaries, enables the coachee to come up with the answers themselves. A successful coaching conversation is one that is open and honest, agenda and outcomes are owned and determined by the coachee, and helps the coachee to explore their situation, whilst building strengths and addressing weaknesses.

This course is tailor made for technical staff in Higher Education. It accommodates various learning styles, to allow participants to learn from theory and practice, through group discussions and individual reflection. It will utilise hands-on activities and formative assessments to increase knowledge, competency and confidence for workplace impact.

Aim: To increase awareness and equip participants with coaching skills, knowledge and confidence in the technical services environment.

Objectives: To explore:-
• The what and why of coaching – how it differs from mentoring and training
• Coaching leadership style and the benefits for technical services
• Coaching as an effective communication technique
• Building rapport, trust and credibility with others
• The GROW coaching model summary and key questions
• Setting goals and incorporating coaching into day-to-day work
• Active listening with a focus on what is being said and not said
• Effective questioning to uncover thoughts, perspectives and views
• Positive language and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
• Technical services succession planning: coaching or mentoring? By the end of this course, participants are expected to be able to:
• Understand the role and benefits of coaching in the technical services
• Develop skills and behaviours for communication and coaching
• Apply a simple framework for coaching
• Build stronger relationships, listen and question effectively
• Better engage team members, increase team morale and performance
• Instructor-led Online
• Face-to-face Onsite

This activity is subject to minimum group numbers but can be delivered on-site at your institution at a time and date to suit your team. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information. For HEaTED members, we offer 1 free place for every 10 bookings, and 2 for groups of 15 or above.

For mor information please visit https://heated.org.uk/cpd/explore-courses/

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Customer Service for Technical Staff

Customer Service for Technical Staff

Description

Learn how to better support and enhance the student experience

Universities seek to be ranked high in league tables and recognised for their impact on teaching, learning, research and knowledge exchange activities, as evidenced in their strategic plans. The core university goals revolve around student-centered learning and satisfaction, and research-informed practice, coupled with a need to grow sources of income. Members of the technical service team(s) play an important role in support of increasing student satisfaction ratings and delivering customer services that can help universities achieve their goals in the current pandemic and beyond. Technical staff have always been at the customer-facing front line of teaching, learning, research and knowledge exchange, who’s telephone-based, online and onsite face-to-face interactions are critical to the success of services, support and products to a wide range of customers (including students, researchers, academics, collaborators, clients, contractors, and the wider internal staff groups).
This course is tailor made to meet the needs of technical staff in Higher Education. It accommodates various learning styles, to allow participants to learn from theory and practice, group discussions and individual reflection on their current practice. It will utilise formative assessments to increase learner knowledge, competency and confidence; enabling and empowering them to implement learnt skills in their work.

Aim: To increase awareness and build essential skills in delivering excellent customer service in technical functions.

Objectives are to explore:-
the importance of customer service in the HE context
customer service situations relevant to the technical services
principles of customer service and key transferable skills
key components of customer service/care excellence framework in technical functions
approaches in dealing with difficult customers and handling complaints
effective customer services communication and other interpersonal skills
the perception of being in the customer’s shoes for continuous improvement


By the end of this course, participants will able to:-
enhance their skills for delivering excellent customer service through:
effective listening and questioning
managing expectations
handling difficult conversations and applying assertiveness
Increase their competency in dealing with difficult customers and complaints
recognise and build partnerships in the delivery of customer service
develop an action plan with confidence for improving customer service

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Effective Communication & Networking Skills

Effective Communication & Networking Skills

Description

Communicate and network with increased confidence

We communicate all the time, even when we do not say a word, and the results that we get are directly linked to how well we do it. Effective communication and networking skills are essential in every aspect of our lives, both at work and outside of work. They underpin building and maintenance of relationships that enable us to achieve our goals.

This course will give participants an insight into the communication process and equip them with practical techniques and tools which will noticeably improve effectiveness of their communication and networking. It has been designed in a way which draws on real life scenarios and aims for immediate application.

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Effective Communication & Networking Skills (Bitesize)

Effective Communication & Networking Skills (Bitesize)

Description

The aim is to explore effective communication and networking skills to improve confidence.

By the end of the session all students will be able to:

- Recognise the importance of listening as an interactive skill
- Apply key communication skills
- Appreciate the value and skills of gravitas and networking
- Develop a personal communication action for implementation in the workplace

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Emotional Intelligence for Technicians

Emotional Intelligence for Technicians

Description

Read, respond and manage situations through the power of emotional intelligence

As professionals in the technical workforce, the ability to understand, recognise and manage emotions in a positive way, both in ourselves and in others, is a powerful tool that can boost capability, performance and career goals.
Harnessing Emotional Intelligence (EI) skills in the technical service functions will help reduce stress, mitigate challenges, enable effective teamwork, better manage conflicts and positively influence others. Moreover, it will increase confidence in communication and decision-making for greater outcomes.

There is an increasing demand by employers for these highly regarded interpersonal emotional and social skill sets across roles, professional settings and industries, which come together to form the four key attributes of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness and relationship management.

This course has been tailor-made to consider the four key attributes of EI in the technical environment, to help equip technicians, supervisors, team leaders and managers, to develop their behavioural competencies by understanding how they perceive and express themselves. Importantly, it will enable them to consider how they can effectively utilise EI, especially in decision-making and meeting the demands and pressures of the workplace.

The course has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from theory and practice, group discussions and individual reflection on their current practice.

It will utilise formative assessments to increase learner knowledge, competency and confidence; enabling and empowering them to implement learnt skills in their work.

Aim: To develop an understanding and the application of emotional intelligence in expressing, coping and dealing with work pressures and demands.

Objectives are to explore the following:
- Introduction to EI and its impact in the workplace
Self-awareness - knowledge about our strengths, weakness and emotions
Self-management- controlling feelings, behaviours, and managing emotions
Social-awareness - reading concerns, needs and emotions of others
Relationship management - developing and maintaining good relationships
Problem solving, reality testing and impulse control
EI and stress management: flexibility and decision-making
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
develop their emotion management competency, confidence and outcomes through:-
deploying effective thinking, feeling and behavioural skills
management of emotional impulses and relationship with others
heightened social and self-awareness
reflection of personal triggers resulting in emotional hijack situations
apply pre-emptive and responsive emotional techniques to achieve results
develop an action plan with confidence for improving their EI

For more information please visist https://heated.org.uk/cpd/explore-courses/

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Engagement and Motivation for Technicians

Engagement and Motivation for Technicians

Description

Increase your skills and knowledge of team member engagement and motivation

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an immense impact on employees across industries, sectors and the world. According to the ‘State of the Global Workplace: 2021 Report’ by GALLUP, only 20% of employees are engaged at work. This shocking figure is coupled with findings of daily stress at 43%, daily worry at 41% and daily anger at 24%, which will no doubt impact on productivity, innovation and organisational change.

Engagement and motivation is key to building and maintaining relationships, and creating the conditions for team success. However, this can be a huge challenge and a source of stress in the current climate: remote work, furlough, anxiety, tensions, frustrations and struggles, productivity and communication challenges, coupled with transformational change and restructuring.

Technicians, like other staff groups in universities, have never been more in need of positive engagement and inclusiveness, to work together to maintain health and wellbeing, build stronger bonds and team morale, to deliver on tasks and activities. These challenges are manageable with the knowledge, skills and behavioural competencies related to personal effectiveness.

The ability to motivate others, as well as self-motivation, is not only a powerful skill among supervisors, managers and leaders, but for individuals at all levels in the organisation. It will help everyone operate with confidence.

This course is tailor made to meet the needs of technical staff in Higher Education. It accommodates various learning styles, to allow participants to learn from theory and practice, group discussions and individual reflection on their current practice. It will utilise formative assessments to increase learner knowledge, competency and confidence; enabling and empowering them to implement learnt skills in their work.

Aim: To equip participants with knowledge, insight and behavioural skills in engaging and motivating others, and themselves.

Objectives are to explore:-
Engagement and motivation: what, why and how, including personal motivation.
Theories of motivation and application in the workplace.
Problems and solutions of motivation in the technical services.
Stress, anxiety and depression: blockers of engagement and motivation.
Empathy, relationships and productivity in teamwork.
Engaging through assertiveness and effective delegation.
Active listening, questioning and expectation management.
Team morale, resilience and situations ripe for motivation.

By the end of this course, participants are expected to be able to:
Identify the triggers of stress in the technical work environment.
Operate with confidence from increased awareness of the impact of stress, anxiety and depression.
Effectively build and maintain relationships.
Better engage and motivate team members.
Improve personal motivation, team morale and performance.

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Facilitation Skills For Technical Staff

Facilitation Skills For Technical Staff

Description

Enabling technicians to encourage and support the student learning process

Technician support to teaching and learning is essential in many institutions, both in practical and classroom settings. This CPD is designed to enable technicians to encourage and support the student learning process, including the provision of resources as a facilitator. We will explore the facilitator role, skills and behaviours appropriate to effective group facilitation and discussion, and their impact on outcomes, and skills of observation, analysis and feedback. By meeting the course outcomes participants will be able to implement effective skills in facilitating learning and use classroom management techniques and effective questioning to create a student-centred learning environment.

The aim is to support technicians develop their skills in facilitating learning.

Objectives of the course include exploring the following:

-Identifying characteristics of group dynamics
-Facilitation skills in practice
-Facilitation skills and learning outcomes
-Advantages, disadvantages and delivery of facilitated learning
-Classroom management strategies
-Student centred learning approaches
-Effective questioning techniques

This course has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from group discussions and individual reflection on the current practice. The participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills in their work.

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Generating Income With Technical Facilities & Services

Generating Income With Technical Facilities & Services

Description

Learn how to maximise income generation using the technical resources and services that you already have.

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) engage in income generation activities, sometimes referred to as ‘enterprise’, ‘commercial’, ‘third stream’ or ‘third-leg’, along with their core mission of teaching and research. The Technical facilities and services capability in HEIs has the potential to generate significant financial impact. There are examples of universities in London and beyond where Technicians and Technical Resource Managers (TRMs) are contributing and conducting income generation activities that generate over £150K per annum. Technicians who support and deliver income generation activities often note a boost in their motivation, engagement and career success. They achieve recognition, increase the organisational bottom-line and reputation, and impact on student learning, teaching and research by gaining new knowledge, skills and experience in customer service.
Technical resources in HEIs have not been commercially focused and nor are they, on the whole, equipped with the skills and knowledge to capitalise on income generation opportunities. There is also a lack of available training for technicians by technicians in this area, to fully harness income generation potential.

The aim of this course is to (1) introduce a successful income generation model developed at a University in London that is then (2) adapted and applied by technicians in their own organisation.

Objectives of the course include exploring the following:

-Why are we doing enterprise activities? Provide background, strategy and direction for income generation
-Are you ready to support and deliver income generation activities? Quality assurance measures are important for increasing profile and promoting the services, getting recognition and buy
-in from clients. Are you a technical practitioner, specialist or an expert?
-Stakeholder Management
-What services or support can you offer and what would it look like to clients?
-Income: What should our pricing structure look like?
-Governance and Compliance: health and safety, due diligence and ensuring a fit-for purpose service checklist is in place -Systems, processes, organisation and communication plan
-Marketing and communication: Let’s get this right!
-Preparing, setting-up, delivering and reviewing each income generation initiative
-ACTION PLANNING: Agreeing on a target start date to offer services and support to clients, but who will do what, when and how?
-Invoicing, client setup and financial processing

It has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from practice, group discussions, and individual reflection on the current practice. The facilitator of this workshop is a former TRM, who will provide insight and know-how to help technicians, technologists, technical team leaders and managers to engage in income generation.

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HEaTED CPD Course - Technical Service Structures and Restructuring

HEaTED CPD Course - Technical Service Structures and Restructuring

Description

Increase your awareness, insight and know-how of technical services structures and restructuring in Higher Education

In the last decade we have witnessed centralisation and decentralisation (in common terms, the ‘make-up’ and ‘break-up’) of the organisational structure in Higher Education (HE) across the UK, mostly in the name of seeking operational efficiencies, cost savings, meeting the needs of the customer (i.e. students) and achieving growth in a highly competitive environment. Restructuring can occur in the face of unprecedented financial pressures and challenges; often in times of crises, with change in the upper echelon of management that result in reviews and a revised medium and long term strategic plan. Whilst these are regarded as ‘hard’ restructuring at universities, there are also ‘soft’ and ‘organic’ transformations taking place at the business and functional levels that are smaller in scale, cost, change and complexity. Both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ restructuring have been applied to academic, administrative and professional service functions, including in the technical services structure.

Most technical services restructuring aim to create a more agile and responsive structure, address historic issues of duplication and silo working, coupled with enabling staff with the opportunity to gain new skills, operate in matrix structures and career opportunities. And like all change projects, it comes with a range of pitfalls that need careful understanding, insight and navigation, to achieve the best possible outcomes. However, this can be a huge challenge and a source of stress for leaders and managers in the current climate, especially as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

For more information please visit https://heated.org.uk/hoc-028/

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How To Handle Conversations About Mental Health and Wellbeing

How To Handle Conversations About Mental Health and Wellbeing

Description

Gain the skills needed to effectively support students around their mental health and wellbeing.

Student mental health and wellbeing has become a key concern that is being underpinned in many university strategies, enabling the organisation to create appropriate support and service structures. The technical workforce within universities and colleges have significant contact time with students, who often provide a great deal of pastoral care to the student body. At HEaTED regional networking meetings and other technical initiatives across the UK, technicians have highlighted the lack of guidance and understanding of mental health and wellbeing support.

This one day, interactive CPD session aims to increase confidence around having helpful, supportive conversations about mental health and wellbeing; and will be an opportunity for participants to learn and practice the skills needed to handle these conversations effectively.

The course will provide participants with the chance to discuss the sorts of ‘pastoral’ care conversations that they find most challenging and will focus on the key skills needed to provide the type of support that is appropriate within their role as a technician.

Objectives of the session include the following:

- clarify the roles and responsibilities of technicians in relation to the mental wellbeing of students.
- develop practical skills and helpful approaches to handling conversations around mental health and wellbeing.
- explore the ways that technicians can better support these type of conversations without overstepping the remit of their role.
- enable participants to identify what they can do to find out about the types of support available within their own institutions.

This session has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from group discussion and individual reflection on their current practice. The participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills within their work.

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Leadership & Management Skills For Technical Staff

Leadership & Management Skills For Technical Staff

Description

Explore theories of leadership and management alongside workplace experiences in this holistic and tailored learning experience.

This course has been designed to cover eight key topics, linking theories of leadership and management together with workplace experiences, thereby providing a more holistic approach to learning. Delivery is through the provision of informal active learning sessions, which are intended to develop personal and professional leadership and management skills to enhance planning and delivery of services. Discovery learning forms a large part of this programme and as such collaboration amongst participants to discuss core concepts and reflect on current practice is actively encouraged in order to create a more tailored learning experience. We will consider communication, motivation, delegation, team roles and theories of team development affecting the efficiency of teams.
Throughout the programme you will be expected to apply the concepts and techniques taught to work-related situations in order to enhance your learning.
The aim is to explore leadership and management concepts by linking theories with workplace practice. Objectives of the course include exploring the following:

-Leadership versus management
-Supporting and leading teams
-Developing yourself and others
-Chairing meetings -Change management
-Problem solving and decision making
-Creative leadership
-Project management

This course has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from group discussions and, individual reflection on the current practice. The participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills in their work.

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Leadership & Management Skills For Technical Staff (Bitesize)

Leadership & Management Skills For Technical Staff (Bitesize)

Description

The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the main concepts of leadership and management to enhance their professional development

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

-Recognise the difference between leadership and management
-Recognise leadership styles
-Appreciate key motivation and delegation skills needed for leadership and management practice Practice self-reflection to continually develop as a professional

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Project Planning Essentials For Technical Staff

Project Planning Essentials For Technical Staff

Description

Get a practical insight into project planning, and go from project initiation to building a project schedule.

This workshop is aimed at technicians involved in running small to medium sized projects in the workplace who have had little or no project management training. The workshop will focus on planning as the foundation for successful project management and participants will take away an accessible, flexible and scalable framework for planning projects.

The aim is to introduce the principles of project planning from initiation through to building a project schedule and provide an opportunity to apply them to a group project.

Objectives of the course include exploring the project:
-overview
-scope
-unknowns
-interactions
-breakdown
-control
-schedule

This course has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from group discussions and individual reflection on the current practice. The participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills in their day to day work practice.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

-recognise when a piece of work would benefit from a structured, planned approach
-work through the essential elements of a project plan and apply them to a simple fictional project

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Stress and Resilience for Technicians

Stress and Resilience for Technicians

Description

Take positive steps in managing stress so that you can become resilient.

According to the Labour Force Survey in the UK (HSE report statistics report, Nov 2020), stress, depression and anxiety contributed to over 50% of all work-related illnesses in 2019-20, resulting in the loss of 17.9 million working days. Dealing with stress, uncertainty and turbulence can therefore improve individual and team wellbeing for all within the technical workforce, who work to enable teaching, learning, and research and enterprise activities in higher education and research industries.

This course concentrates on what technicians can do to manage stress. It explores how they can increase their capacity to recover and bounce back from workplace setbacks and crises, and in so doing, build resilience to overcome stress and challenges in the technical services environment. It will focus on simple and practical processes to enable participants to effectively deal with stress for a positive impact on themselves and everyone around them.

The aim is to focus on practical processes in managing stress in the technical services environment and enable participants to become resilient.

It will explore the following themes:
Definition of stress and explore what stress feels like.
Stress factors in the workplace.
Causes and effects of burnout.
Indicators and warning of stress, depression and anxiety.
Impact of stress on wellbeing and quality of performance.
Identifying steps to managing your own stress levels.
Skills and techniques of dealing with stress at work.
Understand why emotional resilience is important.
Wellbeing, mental health and work-life balance.

There will be a mixture of interactive sessions, group work and learning through the use of individual and team diagnostics on this programme.


By the end of this course, participants are expected to be able to:

Identify the triggers of stress in the technical work environment.
Increase their awareness of the impact of stress, anxiety and depression.
Pursue actions to mitigate stress and thereby improve performance.
Handle challenges positively by maintaining their wellbeing.
Apply resilient skills and processes to bounce back from stress.

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Student Centred Customer Service For Technicians

Student Centred Customer Service For Technicians

Description

Learn more about approaches to customer service and delivering an excellent student centred technical service.

The importance of the student centred customer service in the current HE context cannot be underestimated. Delivering technical services that meet the needs of students and clients, often perceived as customers, which satisfies and delights expectations in every interaction, is a great quality kite mark.
The aim of this course is to explore various models and approaches to customer service and build the skills essential in delivering an excellent student centred technical service.

Objectives of the course include exploring the following:

-Customer satisfaction and customer service excellence models
-Partnerships in student
-centred service
-Professional attitude and approach in student
-centred culture
-Skills essential in delivering customer service
-Developing an action plan for improving customer service

It has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from recent theory and practice, group discussions and individual reflection on the current practice. The participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills in their work.

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Supporting Apprentices - A Guide For Technical Staff

Supporting Apprentices - A Guide For Technical Staff

Description

Gain the skills to effectively support an apprentice in a technical environment

This CPD is suitable for any technical and professional services staff who are planning to support, or are already supporting, an apprentice in the workplace as part of their role. The one day interactive CPD will focus on developing skills to identify opportunities for evidence collection in order to demonstrate competence against the apprenticeship framework through a practical and tailored approach to supporting an apprentice. The CPD will provide practical help and guidance for technicians in understanding the apprenticeship standard and their contribution in ensuring apprentices achieve successful outcomes.

The aim is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to enhance the workplace experience and opportunities for demonstrating competence of the apprentice for whom they are responsible. Objectives of the course include exploring the following:

-Essential skills, attitudes, behaviour and understanding required to effectively support an apprentice
-Apprenticeship standard and key elements
-Identify opportunities for assessment and evidence collection
-Technician's role and contribution in supporting an apprentice

It has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from group discussions, individual reflection on their current practice. The participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills within their work.

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Supporting Apprentices - A Guide For Technical Staff (Bitesize)

Supporting Apprentices - A Guide For Technical Staff (Bitesize)

Description

The aim is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to enhance the workplace experience and opportunities in supporting an apprentice.

By the end of the session all students will:
-have explored the stages of the apprenticeship journey
-be able to apply essential skills, attitudes, behaviour and understanding required to effectively support an apprentice
-be able to list and take actions to support the apprenticeship process

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Sustainable & Green Laboratories

Sustainable & Green Laboratories

Description

Learn how to integrate sustainability within laboratory settings – Improve your CV, save money, reduce carbon, and have fun!

Laboratories and clinical spaces contribute up to 2% of the world’s plastic waste. They also use 3-10 times more energy than typical academic spaces. This presents a huge opportunity to improve our working practices to make the research environment more sustainable.

There is a burgeoning field in ‘laboratory sustainability’ or ‘green labs’, which aims to improve research outcomes, reduce the cost of research and minimize the environmental impact of laboratories.

This course introduces laboratory sustainability and provides a brief background on how this topic came to be.

We will investigate plastics, equipment (including freezers), waste & recycling, carbon impacts of research, reproducibility & research quality, water usage, teaching vs research labs, engagement techniques, LEAF, and more.
The workshop will conclude with a discussion of the future trends in science, and how you can get further involved. What will be the focus of tomorrow’s laboratories, and how can we ensure that we continue researching sustainably? Make sure you’re part of the conversation!

https://heated.org.uk/cpd/explore-courses/

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Sustainable Science and Green Laboratories (Full Course)

Sustainable Science and Green Laboratories (Full Course)

Description

Learn how to embed environmental sustainability in laboratories

The aim of this course –is to increase awareness of laboratory sustainability and provide tips, advice and solutions for effective practice. This course has been tailored to meet the needs of technical staff in HE. It has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from theory and practice, group discussions and individual reflection.

The objectives are to explore:

Sustainability in Science: Why is it relevant to climate change?
Laboratory Emissions Review: Assessing the balance between buildings, equipment, consumables, travel, and comparing to non-scientific sectors.
Hotspot areas such as:
Plastics and consumables
Equipment (including freezers)
Waste & recycling
Carbon impacts of research
Research quality
Water usage
Engagement: How to engage your peers and institution on sustainable labs
LEAF and Resources: What tools exist to help you on your journey?
By the end of this course, participants are expected to:

Identify how science impacts climate change
Describe the actions needed to reduce carbon emissions and costs of laboratories
Have improved sustainable purchasing understanding, so that participants may make more knowledgeable purchases of equipment and consumables (like plastics!)
Access sustainability programmes to support your efforts, like LEAF, and learn how to assess if a lab is sustainable
Improve their ability to communicate their successes in Sustainable Labs through case studies and credentials

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Teaching & Learning Skills For Technicians

Teaching & Learning Skills For Technicians

Description

Become equipped with the tools you need to teach, demonstrate and contribute effectively to the student experience.

Technical staff are increasingly taking on teaching and demonstrating roles. Whether it is one-on-one training on specific techniques or small group training and demonstrating, this course will equip you with the tools you need to perform this role and contribute effectively to the student experience. The course is recommended for technical staff with a role in training or teaching undergraduates, postgraduates, post-docs, new colleagues and apprentices. The content of the course has been designed to cover key topics, linking theories of teaching and learning together with workplace experiences, thereby providing a more holistic approach to learning. It is relevant to all academic disciplines and will promote personal and professional development, which is valuable to both you and your employer.

Delivery will be by informal active learning sessions (group activities/discussion), discovery learning and reflection on current practice. Discovery learning forms a large part of the programme and as such collaboration amongst participants to discuss core concepts and reflect on current practice is actively encouraged, to create a more tailored learning experience.

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Technicians Stepping Into Supervision and Management

Technicians Stepping Into Supervision and Management

Description

Transition into supervision and management with skills, knowledge and confidence

As a new or aspiring manager, the role of supervision and management can be both exciting and challenging. To succeed, you will need people management knowledge and skills, coupled with process management practical tools. This is the backdrop for designing and developing a tailored course to help technicians feel and become confident in stepping into supervision and management.

Throughout the programme participants will be expected to apply the concepts and techniques taught to work-related situations in order to enhance their learning for effective transition from a specialist to manager.

This two day course is delivered over 2 consecutive weeks by a highly experienced technical management practitioner with 30+ years of experience in higher education, both in Russell Group and post-92 universities.

The course has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from theory and practice, group discussions and individual reflection on their current practice. It will utilise formative assessments to increase learner knowledge, competency and confidence; enabling and empowering them to implement learnt skills in their work.

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Technicians Supporting Outreach Activities

Technicians Supporting Outreach Activities

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Discover how to support successful outreach activities in higher education

Outreach activities to schools, colleges and the general public is an essential activity of the university portfolio. It supports young people and parents in making informed decisions and enables student recruitment. Technicians are uniquely placed to provide outreach activities, as they are engaged in supporting teaching and learning, research and knowledge transfer activities. The aim is to explore how to conduct outreach sessions in schools and colleges.

Objectives of the course include exploring the following:

-Types of outreach activities
-How to plan an outreach programme
-How to get others involved in the organisation
-H&S considerations in outreach activities: engaging young people
-Communication skills and live public demonstrations

It has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from group discussions, individual reflection on the current practice. The participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills in their work.

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Technicians Supporting Outreach Activities (Bitesize)

Technicians Supporting Outreach Activities (Bitesize)

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This workshop is for technicians to evaluate their understanding and possible roles in supporting outreach to wider education settings and the general public.

This workshop is for technicians to evaluate their understanding and possible roles in supporting outreach to wider education settings and the general public.

Outreach activities are a good way of increasing the presence of technicians and an important way of highlighting technicians in your workplace and across the profession.

This session will develop your thoughts and ideas on how technicians can support outreach activities in your institution.

The session will include

- What outreach activities are being developed and how can technicians support this 
- What outreach opportunities are there and existing good examples from across the sector
- Creating a personal plan for your role in outreach activities

Outcomes
- Evaluate the opportunities for outreach in your institution
- Explore the role of technicians in outreach
- Develop your own plan to support outreach in your institution

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Technicians Supporting Students' Wellbeing & Mental Health

Technicians Supporting Students' Wellbeing & Mental Health

Description

This CPD is suitable for any technical and professional services staff who wish to understand mental health issues in relation to helping students in a pastoral role; and safeguard their own mental health. 
 
The one day interactive CPD will focus on developing skills and confidence to make effective approaches to students who may be struggling with anxiety or other mental health concerns. The CPD will provide practical help and guidance for technicians in understanding what is mental health, and how to signpost and refer students to University services and other online resources. We will also examine how to keep yourself well whilst helping others, and explore common concerns in regards to boundaries and possible interventions.

The aim is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to equip them in their workplace in relation to common mental health concerns of students.
 
Objectives of the course include exploring the following:

- Understand key facts about mental health for staff and students

- Thinking about how to identify early signs of anxiety within ourselves and others

- Understanding how to clearly signpost to suitable MH resources both within and outside your institution.

- Gaining an understanding of levels of intervention necessary when concerned about students

- Thinking about best practice in relation to working with students including
boundaries, confidentiality and self care.

- To disseminate solid mental health resources for use with students including CWT’s e-learning and SAD website.

It has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from group discussions, individual reflection on their current practice. The participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills within their work.
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Technicians Supporting Students' Wellbeing & Mental Health (Bitesize)

Technicians Supporting Students' Wellbeing & Mental Health (Bitesize)

Description

Gain an understanding about mental health and an introduction to helping students

This CPD is suitable for any technical and professional services staff who wish to understand mental health issues in relation to helping students in a pastoral role; and safeguard their own mental health.

The ‘bitesize’ interactive CPD will focus on developing an understanding of common Mental Health issues, and offer guidance for technicians in relation to resources and approaches to students.

The aim is to provide participants with the knowledge and confidence to equip them in their workplace in relation to common mental health concerns of students.

Objectives of the course include exploring the following:

- Understand key facts about mental health

- Thinking about how to identify early signs of anxiety within students and self

- To disseminate solid mental health resources for use with students including CWT’s e-learning and SAD website

- Begin to consider self- care

It has been designed to accommodate various learning styles and to allow participants to learn from group discussions, individual reflection on their current practice. The participants will be encouraged to implement learnt skills within their work.

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Time Management Skills

Time Management Skills

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Boost your time management skills to reduce stress and increase productivity

Aim: To equip participants with skills, techniques and knowledge, to better manage time and increase productivity at work

Objectives are to explore:-

What time management means and how it differs between technical and management levels in the delivery of customer services.
Key elements and tools of good time management, and identifying both time-savers and time-stealers in the workplace.
Time management techniques: delegation, planning and prioritising tasks, managing expectations, negotiating alternatives and assertively saying ‘no’ when required, The 4 D’s of time management. All of this in relation to management of self, teams and projects.
Work with real life workplace scenarios to make the session as experiential as possible.
By the end of this course, participants are expected to be able to:

Identify time related factors, which reduce productivity in their job role
Apply time management techniques in the workspace
Recognise, reduce or remove time blockers
Apply time management skills to prioritise tasks and workload.

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Train The Technical Trainer

Train The Technical Trainer

Description

The aim of the course is to explore, and to assess the application of, the key interpersonal and practical elements that underpin effective technical training.

The objectives are to help the participants to:

plan and lead a coherent training session
develop a constructive and cooperative atmosphere that maximises participant input
deliver training events with increased confidence
create activities aimed at reinforcing learning.

The outcomes - participants are expected to be able to:

design and develop interactive training sessions
confidently deliver training activity
utilise new training capabilities
implement practical solutions to support hands-on training

Course Summary - This course is composed of 3 parts:

Pre-event activity- designed to provide a foundation for drawings on participants’ prior knowledge and ideas; to prepare participants’; also to give the TtTT trainer useful supporting information.

The event

Day 1 (full-day) - divided into coherent sessions, including interactive plenary and group exercises that builds on the interpersonal skills and the practical elements of technical training.

Day 2 (half-day) - final preparation and a short 10 minute presentation by participants, followed by trainer feedback

Post event learning in the workplace - opportunity to build on the feedback and practice in the workplace by (1) developing a workbook, to help build on the contact time learning.

By meeting the course outcomes participants will be able to implement effective skills in facilitating training and learning. This is a practical ‘learning by doing’ training programme. Participants will be using their expertise of techniques, facilities and tools for a short 10 minute training session they will be delivering.

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Unconscious Bias: Awareness, Application and Organisational Action

Unconscious Bias: Awareness, Application and Organisational Action

Description

Learn how Unconscious (implicit) Bias affects our behaviour and our systems, and what we can all do to help mitigate our personal biases. Review your key processes for bias and develop organisational actions to mitigate bias.

The aim of this course is to:
1) Introduce delegates to the underpinning principles of unconscious bias
2) Outline the evidence for the impact of unconscious bias on our key people processes at work (e.g. recruiting, staff development, work allocation, performance ,management)
3) Allow delegates time to unpick their systems and processes looking for the risk of bias
4) Share with delegates research led ideas to help mitigate their personal and organisational biases
5) Develop actions plans for adapting systems to mitigate bias

Objectives of the course include exploring the following:
-How and why our unconscious biases (UB) develop
-How our neurology creates and maintains our UB
-The types of bias affecting us at work
-The work conditions which can trigger biases
-How UB impacts key people processes such as recruiting, work allocation, performance management, promotion and coaching/sponsorship
-How UB extends into differences such as Age, Bodyweight, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Height and Marital Status
-Identify the risk points within key processes where bias may appear
-Identify the changes that can be made to bias proof systems and processes
-What we can do to help mitigate our personal biases at work

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
-Understand the underlying principle of unconscious bias
-Understand the way unconscious bias impacts our decision making
-Recognise the types of and triggers for Unconscious Bias
-Recognise the methods we can employ to mitigate our personal biases skills
-Identify the risk points for bias in key processes and systems
-Develop action plans to target the risks of biases in key processes and systems

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Unconscious Bias: Awareness, Impact and Action (Online Bitesize Course)

Unconscious Bias: Awareness, Impact and Action (Online Bitesize Course)

Description

Learn how Unconscious (implicit) Bias affects our behaviour and our systems, and what we can all do to help mitigate our personal biases.

The aim of this course is to:
1) Introduce delegates to the underpinning principles of unconscious bias
2) Outline the evidence for the impact of unconscious on our key people processes at work (e.g. recruiting, staff development, work allocation, performance ,management)
3) Give delegates research led ideas to help mitigate their bias at work.

Objectives of the course include exploring the following:
-How and why our unconscious biases (UB) develop
-How our neurology creates and maintains our UB
-The types of bias affecting us at work
-The work conditions which can trigger biases
-How UB impacts key people processes such as recruiting, work allocation, performance management, promotion and coaching/sponsorship
-How UB extends into differences such as Age, Bodyweight, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Height and Marital Status
-What we can do to help mitigate our personal biases at work

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
-Understand the underlying principle of unconscious bias
-Understand the way unconscious bias impacts our decision making
-Recognise the types of and triggers for Unconscious Bias
-Recognise the methods we can employ to mitigate our personal biases skills

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