At Derwent Training we recognise the importance of gaining feedback from learners to help improve what we offer. We are putting together a Learner Council that will allow us to receive feedback from each cohort with Learner Reps who will feedback to the Senior Leadership Team. Information on how you can become a Learner Rep is detailed below.
What is a Learner Rep?
A Learner Rep is an important, yet unpaid role. As a Learner Rep your role is to use your judgement to present comments and facts to the Senior Leadership Team at Derwent Training. You will do this by finding out the views of your 'constituents' which are the other learners in the cohort that you represent.
A Learner Rep is not a delegate. You are not obliged to do precisely as your 'constituents' want you to, nor do you have to share their views if you believe them not to be in the best interest of the cohort. However, you do need to be able to justify yourself, and your opinion to them. Therefore, this role is not about being a mouthpiece. You will be required to present information and feedback for consideration to the Senior Leadership Team, as well as back to your cohort from the Senior Leadership Team.
This role will provide the Learner Rep with the experience that they can add to their CV. It may help with future leadership roles, trade union roles and staff representative roles in the workplace, or an elected role in the wider community, such as a local authority councillor.
What is a cohort?
A cohort refers to an academic year, e.g. 2019/2020 that covers 1st August 2019 to 31st August 2020. If you started your current apprenticeship during that year then your cohort is 2019/2020. Do not worry if you are not sure which cohort you would be in as the Business Support Team will ensure that you are in the correct cohort for the election process.
How many meetings will happen each academic year?
Learner Council meetings will be held quarterly via a video conferencing platform. This will allow Learner Reps to attend on the days they are not in the training centre.
How do I apply to be a Learner Rep?
You can nominate yourself to be a Learner Rep. You will need to write a brief statement on why you wish to be a Learner Rep. This should be no more than 250 words. This statement will be used during the election process. You should send your nomination and statement to the Business Support Team on firstname.lastname@example.org with Learner Rep in the subject bar.
How will the Learner Reps be elected?
Each cohort will elect a maximum of two Learner Reps. The names of candidates, along with their statement will be sent to all learners in the cohort.
If you have any questions about the Learner Council, or nominating yourself to be a Learner Rep please email email@example.com.