Training your student leaders

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  • #1114


    Hi Everyone,

    Keen to hear if you train your student leaders for the roles they undertake? What tools, strategies and resources you use to train your student leaders to provide them with the skills they will need for their role?

    I’m in the process of planning our student leadership training day and am keen to explore some new or different ideas 🙂

  • #1116


    I think something that is useful is bringing in past leaders and students to talk about the experiences of student leadership. It’s often helpful if students can be supported by former students in these positions, and in certain circumstances can continue their work rather than being left in the dark of doing new things when in these positions. I also think in leadership training days, planning sessions can be useful, so students have a dedicated time to plan out their goals for the year, how they can achieve them and what the end result should look like.

  • #1299


    We run a leadership day where the executive of the student council are elected, we get someone from the local council to talk to us about empowerment and plan what our plan is for the year and what we want to achieve. But other than that, we don’t really have much other training. I think it would be great if we could get some professional development in during the year though (e.g. cultural competency, public speaking etc.) Training wise, we only have that first leadership day and then we wing it!

  • #1318



    I’ve ran and attended heaps of training days in the past and when you begin to unpack it all there is usually so much to do and so little time to complete it in!

    In the past induction is generally really important, even if its reiterating some points from any previous induction so that everyone is aware of why they need the skills for what they do in the training day. This for me has generally extended from who SRC is, how we represent to why we do it all, in order to build that motivation.

    What I’ve personally done is ask the group prior what they want out of the day. Or give them a list of what the days agenda is and vote/discuss what is priority for them.

    the actual training part I’ve done public speaking, depth discussion on acknowledgement to country (what it is, and why it’s important), how to read and use minutes, and last but not least team building activities (have included multiple together such as groups coming up with a speech together).

    Most importantly include breathers for motivation such as games, competitions and food!

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