Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Using MindGenius for NVQ Training

When undertaking a course or a qualification, whether you are still in education, or are doing professional training in your workplace, it can be difficult to know where to start with course work, or studying, and many people may rush into this without any formal planning, meaning their attempts take them longer, or may not be as good as they could be. One organization who is making use of MindGenius to help with this is St Omer Residential Home.

St Omer is based in Torquay, Devon and was established as a Care Home in 1983. Care Homes have many strict rules they need to adhere to when it comes to looking after their residents and their staff must be up-to-date with all of the latest best practice and training. Their staff have been using MindGenius for planning their course work, to study, and more specifically for their assignments for their National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ's) in Health and Social Care and Management.

Ian Day, the owner of St Omer, believes MindGenius has helped increase the staff’s chances of succeeding with their NVQ’s, as it helps them to focus on their ideas, with no need to worry about adding order to them. After all of their ideas are captured, they can then manage them and add any necessary structure.

When the team first started using MindGenius, they looked at the in-built templates to understand how it could be applied and help them, but they have since developed their own in-house template style which works for their staff, for some of whom English is a second language. Using their own templates has also enabled the staff to re-use and edit existing maps with no need to recreate work from scratch.

One such personalized template they have come up with, ensures there is clear instruction for staff on what they need to do and covers subjects such as what people understand from the question, prompts them to explain their experience, role and the environment, and explain external and internal factors that might affect their answers. Using the template, ensures all staff members have the best possible chance at succeeding with their NVQ’s and are less likely to miss something important in their answers.

Fig 1 NVQ Training Map - Please click on image for full screen view

Ian believes:

“MindGenius enables you to focus on the issue, problem or task, and provides a quick and effective way of recording ideas without worrying about order, structure or relevance, which can be addressed subsequently. It works out of the box, doesn't require any significant training, and is intuitive to use for all staff members.”

Ian Day, Business Owner, St Omer Residential Home, Torquay, Devon, UK

For more information on St Omer Residential Home, please visit: http://www.st-omer.org/

Have you used MindGenius for anything similar?

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