Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace

IMG_0094 Jonathan and Morgan achieve qualifications in Coaching Learners in the Workplace

Pictured is Jonathan Power who, along with friend and colleague Morgan Thomas, achieved the Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Learners in the Workplace with ARC Training Services, at the end of 2012. These candidates belong to the Glenmore Trust and both have learning disabilities.

I was Jonathan’s assessor for the four units, which make up the Coaching Certificates and he recently told me that, although he found the training course and actual coaching practice stressful at first, he received lots of support from other group members and course leader Michele Harrison, who was also leading the ARC project “My Life Your Job”, which helped to fund the qualification.

Jonathan and Morgan had to then coach at least two individuals each to meet the requirements of the Coaching Certificate, which they did over a series of six sessions per ‘coachee’.  They also had to complete a learning journal, reflect on their practice and produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that they had met the learning outcomes of the units to the level 3 standard.

According to Jonathan – this goes to demonstrate that people with learning disabilities can do more.  His own achievement has made him personally stronger and he felt great when he completed the qualification and received his City & Guilds certificate.  Since then, he has used many of the skills he learnt, but hasn’t formally coached again yet.

Gill Shaw
Association for Real Change Centre Q.A.C
April 2013

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