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Challenges for Exercising and Training

Apply the process of training and exercising – gold level incident management and capacity building in the humanitarian sector.

Challenges for Exercising and Training
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

We explore the need to adapt our approaches to training and exercising to fit the risk and organisational context. As examples we’ll explore training and exercising at a multi-agency and strategic level under UK requirements and guidance. We evaluate the challenges of training at the highest level, the needs of strategic trainers and how we can effectively evaluate the performance of our strategic leaders.

Second, we look at the challenges of developing and implement training and develop strategy in the humanitarian sector and developing exercises across social and organisational cultures.

What topics will you cover?

  • Challenges in Government disaster management capacity building

  • Case study – The Philippines

  • Developing a human resource strategy

  • Decentralised training and exercising

  • Training in the Humanitarian NGO sector

  • Organisational training policy and strategy

  • Civil-Military exercises

  • Case Study – Exercise Strong Angel.

  • UK training and Exercising context

  • Challenges for multi-agency training and exercising

  • JESIP implications for training and exercising

  • Barriers to collaborative working

  • Challenges for strategic level training and exercising

  • The future of training and exercising in the UK

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Evaluate policy, organisational and social context specific demands on training and exercise design and delivery.
  • Develop strategies to overcome challenges for training and exercising.

Who is the course for?

This course is for those enrolled on Training and Exercising Design and Delivery, which forms part of the MSc Emergency Management and Resilience online degree at Coventry University.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Assistant Professor in disaster management and emergency planning at Coventry University, The focus of my research is on the risk communication and pedagogy for emergency response exercises.

Principal Lecturer in Disaster Management, 18 years experience working internationally and in the UK. Teaching and research interests in risk, resilience, climate change and community engagement

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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