What is there after PTLLS?

If you have completed the PTLLS course (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) and are wondering what you could do next, here are some ideas.

1. Brush up your subject knowledge. Of course we all like to think we are experts in our own field, but there are always new things to learn and if you have got PTLLS and are teaching regularly you could be in danger of being away from the front line so long that you become a bit out of date. Get hold of the trade press and keep up to date by meeting others in your industry. Having up to date skills and a few contacts could do you the world of good in getting though the tough economic situation we are all in. The in-vogue term for this is CPD or Continuing Professional Development.

2. Do the CTLLS course, which is the next one up from PTLLS. You will have to be already in a teaching position to do this as one of the assignments involves you being observed teaching in your natural teaching environment with real students. Also be prepared for some hard work – the course assignments are generally longer and more in depth than with PTLLS – but remember you will already have 6 credits towards your goal. CTLLS is only one step away from the Diploma level 5 DTLLS which is equivalent to a Post Graduate qualification.

3. Build your portfolio of courses – even if you are just assisting another teacher as a favour to gain some teaching time. It is good to get some recent teaching experience with an new class, you’ll not only get the chance to observe somebody else’s teaching style but you could also grab some new ideas to spruce up your teaching. You will often find that if you offer to help a teacher they will ask you to assist one of the least able students who might be falling behind, most people roll their eyes and tut tut at this – but think of it as a chance to practise a bit of intensive one to one support that you might not have practised on your PTLLS course.

4. Improve your company’s training scheme – most companies and organisations have some sort of training scheme, even if it is limited to short staff inductions. These in-company schemes tend to be a bit neglected and viewed as a bit of a chore – partly because they are often run by busy managers who have 101 other more pressing demands on their time and partly because the people in charge are often not qualified trainers. Here’s where you can step in – ask to have a look at what is being done and apply the skills you picked up on the PTLLS to sharpen things up. You will probably find bags of room for improvement. You will be able to take a load off somebody’s work schedule and get the chance to professionalise your firm’s standing in this area . You are also putting yourself in the category of “Very Useful Person” which is quite important in the current economic climate.

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