A day in the life of a Vocation Training Employability & Traffic Management Trainer

Joanne Morgan
October 4, 2023

In a world that's always on the move, ensuring the safety and employability of workers in the field of traffic management is crucial. At Vocation Training, our Trainers work to equip unemployed adults with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to thrive in this demanding industry. Join us for a glimpse into the life of one of our trainers who specialises in Employability coaching and Traffic Management qualifications.

Morning reflections and preparation

As the sun rises, Jo, an Employability & Traffic Management Trainer at Vocation Training, starts her day with a bottle of vitamin water and a quick review of the day’s lesson. Today, she's covering essential topics such as CV building, job sell-ins, and the pros and cons of permanent versus agency work.

Before switching on the projector and screen, Jo takes a few moments to reflect on the impact she can have on her learners' lives. Many of them have faced unemployment and uncertainty for too long, and Jo's mission is to provide them with the tools they need to succeed in the traffic management industry.

CV’s and employability strategies

The training centre buzzes with activity as Jo's learners arrive. She begins the day with a CV workshop, guiding her students through the process of creating a standout CV. She emphasises the importance of highlighting relevant skills and tailoring CVs to match the demands of the traffic management sector.

During this session, Jo also discusses job sell-ins and social media - teaching her learners how to effectively market themselves to potential employers. She covers strategies for writing compelling cover letters and acing interviews or work trials, ensuring that her students are supported and well-prepared for the job search ahead.

Permanent vs. Agency work: Weighing the options

In the mid-morning, Jo delves into a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of permanent and agency work in the traffic management field. She explains that permanent positions often come with stability and benefits, but agency work can provide flexibility and diverse experiences.

Jo encourages her students to consider their individual circumstances and career goals when making this choice. She provides real-world examples and case studies to help them understand the implications of each option.

Afternoon practical training

After a 30 minute lunch break, Jo and her students head to the Practical Room for some training. They simulate working on rural and urban roads, picking up cones & signs, and learning to set temporary traffic lights whilst emphasising the importance of safety, health, and mental well-being in this challenging environment.

They go over the Red Book - Safety at Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice -, conduct risk assessments, and practise safe manual handling techniques. Jo demonstrates how to set out sites correctly, check vehicles for safety compliance, and maintain and wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Teamwork and building confidence

In the late afternoon, Jo focuses on the significance of teamwork in traffic management. Cooperation among workmates is vital for safety and productivity on the job. She organises group activities and scenarios to encourage teamwork among her learners.

Furthermore, building confidence in her learners is a top priority for Jo. She emphasises the value of self-belief in a high-pressure field like traffic management and offers support and encouragement to boost their self-esteem.

Course design and goal setting

After learners have left for the day, armed with new knowledge, you will often find Jo working on course materials and PowerPoint presentations for upcoming sessions. She meticulously designs the training content, ensuring it aligns with Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) and SMART goals tailored to each student's needs.

Jo recognises that success in the traffic management industry is not only about passing required qualifications (tickets) but also about personal growth and development.

Guidance and support into employment

Jo’s day doesn't end when the training sessions do. Learners have time to stay late to ask questions, and Jo provides additional support and help for learners about finance, benefits, progression, and life after the course. She's dedicated to their success and takes pride in seeing them transition into fulfilling careers.

As an Employability & Traffic Management Trainer at Vocation Training, Jo plays a vital role in shaping the future of individuals seeking opportunities in this industry. Her passion for teaching and mentoring shines through, as she supports those who are looking to transform their lives as they progress through meaningful and sustained employment in the Traffic Management industry,

If Traffic Management sounds like it might be just the career for you,register for Vocation Training’s Traffic Management course, please click here

If you have experience as a Trainer, and feel you may be a good fit for Vocation Training, please send us your CV here

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