Being a student officer is just like riding a bike… whilst doing a spot of juggling… and did I mention the bike is on fire?
And managing those sabbatical officers to be effective during their time in post is another rollercoaster in itself – especially when you are juggling so many other things in your own role. You want to promote effective activism, you want student voice to be well represented and you would love it if there was a little more help along the way.
That’s where I can help you
Your officers have a lot to learn before they hit the ground running, and the academic year is packed with stress points and dips in engagement.
Which is why you need training that is tailored to your challenges and needs.
Does any of this sound familiar…
It may feel the same year after year. But imagine if things looked different…
You want sabbatical officers who are confident in their leadership, able to communicate their vision, who can negotiate, manage their projects and look after their wellbeing in the process.
Let me ease the load by planing a programme of skills development for your officers that genuinely bridges the gap between knowing and doing.
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Every SU looks a little bit different which is why we start with a chat about what your team needs. Then I’ll create your bespoke proposal full of juicy skill building activities and professional development content to ramp up your officer team.
I come to your site to deliver interactive sessions that help your team bond, gain confidence and bring their best selves to the role.
Your package will be tailored to your team, but after 8 years of working in the sector I’ve got a few helpful suggestions to get you started…
Initial induction training for your sabbs could involve 1-3 days of:
Just before the madness of freshers give your student officers 1-2 days of preparation:
Every sabbatical officer will face dips in their motivation and wellbeing. Book in a range of skills sessions to pre-empt those difficult periods and help your leaders stay on track:
All of these bespoke training programmes can be complemented with 1:1 or group coaching sessions to give your officers the space to explore their skills deeper, soundboard their challenges, tackle their mindset gremlins and effectively action plan.
Your investment is £900 per full day and £450 per half day of training. This includes VAT and resource packs for your officers. 1:1 coaching sessions are charged at £60 per hour. Additional travel costs may be added for some locations and overnight stays.
I’m Gemma Perkins, a Personal Development Trainer. I help organisations supporting students to create confident, resilient and emotionally intelligent leaders. I have been working with student unions and higher education providers for the last 9 years to deliver practical and fun learning programmes. I am passionate about equipping young people to handle life’s challenges so that they can use their strengths to contribute to society in a meaningful way.
We only have [x] officers - does this change the price?
No. All training packages are based on my time and expertise rather than a price per head. But, if you want to maximise your value for money then you are most welcome to bring in part time officers, reps, permanent staff or even team up with other SUs to share costs.
How many people can be trained at once?
I recommend a maximum group size of 25 to ensure that everyone gets plenty of opportunity for individual practice and detailed feedback to support their development.
What do you mean by a full day / half day?
A full day includes 6 hours of training time. For example this may run from 9am-4pm with an hour allocated for the lunch break… or more likely 10am-5pm for students, right? A half day is a block of 3 hours of training.
When can we hold our training dates / times?
Most organisations want to run their training within working hours so that they know that their officers are on site. However, SUs are vibrant and busy organisations so sometimes you want a bit more flexibility. We can discuss evening or weekend training if that better meets your needs.
What is the time frame for booking in training?
Ideally, we would have at least a months’ notice for any training booking so that I have time to design your programme and that you can make sure your officers keep their diary clear.
For busier periods such as summer induction training or freshers you may want to book 2-3 months in advance to secure your preferred dates.
Training is booked on a first come first served basis.
What if I don't yet know what training my officers will need over the year?
No problem. We can kick off by planning your bread and butter induction topics to start the year off well (think teambuilding, leadership, project management and confidence) and pencil in the follow up training dates with some rough ideas. I can work with you to discuss officers' needs as they emerge or you can drop me a line when you see skills gaps forming. That way the training can be responsive to their needs.
Do you deliver in person? Online?
I find that the best officer training happens in the room where you can really get into deep discussions and practical, skill building activities. When I do deliver online sessions, they still follow an interactive and practical style (your officers will not just be listening to a webinar!)
I do not offer hybrid events as these make it very difficult to provide the same quality experience to your in-the-room and your remote officers.
Where does the training take place?
I come to you. You provide a room on your campus that has plenty of space for group work. (Or treat your team to an ‘away day’ and I’ll meet you there).
If we are delivering remote training then I will provide a Zoom room.
What if I need something that isn't on your list of topics?
Feel free to drop me an email or book in a meeting to ask away. It may be that what you need didn’t make it into my list of most popular topics for the website.
When people ask for training that I simply don’t offer, I tell them honestly (no democracy reviews and no conflict management for club night security staff!).
What if my officers don’t need training but just need support?
I’ve got you covered. Knowing how to do something is not the same as actually doing it. Sometimes confidence, mindset gremlins or something else is blocking your officers ability to flourish.
I can offer 1:1 or group coaching sessions to your officers alongside their training programme. This gives them a non-judgemental, external sounding board, tailored support and that bit of extra confidence to overcome their challenges.
We already provide some in house training, can we still work with you?
Absolutely. Your team probably specialises in how your union works, democratic processes and the foundations of being an officer. My specialism is helping your officers to build their practical leadership and interpersonal skills. We can discuss what you already have covered, what the gaps are and design a training programme that perfectly complements your in-house team.