Dr Andrew Kerr, Youth Manager at St John Ambulance Northern Ireland, was kind enough to tell us a little about the ILM Level 2 in Effective Team Member Skills his cadets took part in during lockdown this year. Here’s what he had to say:
How have your learners found working on the ILM Level 2 in Effective Team Member Skills online / through lockdown?
“It’s been a tough year for St John young people in Northern Ireland, with the closure of their regular unit meetings and cancellation of adventure activities.
“The pandemic is having a big impact on young people and those that support them. St John Ambulance NI adapted quickly, ensuring our young people could engage in virtual activities and training.
“We decided to pilot CVQO’s ILM level 2 Award in Effective Team Member Skills in November 2020 with our cadets and the feedback has been amazing. They have really valued the opportunity to undertake an accredited qualification and develop new skills. The sessions online have been engaging and interactive.”
What have been the most useful aspects of the qualification?
“Our young people really enjoyed the interactive, virtual approach to delivery, giving them an opportunity to meet other young people from across Northern Ireland during lockdown. We have a small team of VQ staff within SJA Northern Ireland who are delivering the qualification. The virtual approach allowed us to open it up to young people across the country.”
How do you think the qualification will help your learners in their future plans?
“By providing our young people with a recognised qualification that equips them with skills for life, we know the qualification will help them whether they are applying for further education or employment. Many of them pursue healthcare careers and the skills from this course will really benefit them.”
How do you see this qualification sitting alongside the others that SJA offers?
“We offer a wide range of internal qualifications to young people. This is the first qualification we have offered with CVQO and from the initial pilot we are really looking forward to embedding it within our qualifications offered. Hopefully when we are able to meet face to face again, we will be able to offer the qualification through a blended approach.”
Would you say the ETMS course has positively impacted your cadets’ mental health / wellbeing during lockdown?
“Yes, the opportunity to meet other young people from across Northern Ireland, even in a virtual setting has been really well received by our young people and given them a lift.”