Welcome to Careertrain books
We provide affordable, easy to read resources to advisers and coaches.
We wrote our first book, The One to One Toolkit in (Careertrain, 2008) to meet the needs of busy advisers and coaches who wanted to improve their skills, but didn’t have the time or inclination to read heavy academic texts. We understood the problem well. As trainers and assessors in the field of Information, Advice and Guidance, we found ourselves constantly searching for short, sharp, practical training materials that were priced within the reach of all.
Since then, The One to One Toolkit has received excellent reviews, both from new practitioners wanting to learn the basics, and old hands wanting to hone their skills. It is now on the reading lists of many training providers and universities. You can find out more and buy it here.
Working one to one is challenging enough – no sooner had we got The One to One Toolkit to print when it became apparent that many coaches and advisers were being asked to work with groups, and some of them were terrified! There are many books available on teaching and training that can help to some degree, but giving advice to a group is not quite the same. We wrote The Groupwork Toolkit (Careertrain 2010) to help coaches and advisers recognise the skills they already had that would stand them in good stead for groupwork, and also give them strategies, outlines and models that will help them survive and thrive when working with groups. Find out more here
The Job Interview Toolkit followed, which is not only for advisers but for anyone and everyone who has to face an interview – we have all been there! It contains lots of exercises to help you get fit for that interview. Many advisers working on employability and job search programmes find the exercises make good group activities. There are more details here.
Ann and Julie have worked together training advisers in Cambridgeshire to gain their NVQ and NOCN qualifications . Our trainee advisers and coaches were working for Next Step, Peterborough Regional College, and advice agencies such as Nacro, Richmond Fellowship, Learndirect centres and many others.