As 2014 comes to an end, I feel that this would be a good time to look back and reflect on what a great year it has been.
Over the year I have met some very forward thinking ADIs and have learnt almost as much as they have, through the enlightened discussions we have had. It has been an absolute pleasure to travel around the country delivering 'Tri-Coaching Partnership's' aCCeLerate BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Coaching for Driver Development, and it makes me very happy to receive the ADIs feedback in what a difference this is making to their passion in driver training, and indeed to the enjoyment their students are getting from a more client-centred approach.
For those ADIs who wanted continuous development of their skills, and to meet like-minded trainers of all levels, to discuss solutions to day to day challenges, we have held low cost monthly meetings where these trainers have developed and taken strides in becoming confident with coaching/ccl. In 2015, we look forward to these popular meetings growing in numbers, gaining even more insight and input.
I congratulate all the PDIs who have reached their goal this year in becoming qualified ADIs, all the work that you put in has finally come to fruition. i wish you well in your new career!!
This year has also brought about changes in the way we are assessed, changing from the 'Old' Check Test to the New Standards Check. This has brought about many debates on the usual forums, and for some the jury is still out as to whether this is an improvement or not. In my opinion, it is a much more rounded method of assessment allowing ADIs to do what they do far more naturally. From the feedback that I have received over the year, many who I have helped make sense of it, have enjoyed the process. It is of course too early to know if changing the way we teach is making a difference to road safety, but it is my belief that it ultimately will if we keep producing drivers who think for themselves, self evaluate, reflect and take ownership of their learning.
Who knows what 2015 will bring, but whatever it is I wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR with Good Health, Wealth and Happiness.
Happy Coaching !!