In recent months there has been a renewed surge of interest in the present national provision of training for training officers. This interest has been rekindled by a number of events, including the second Loughborough Conference for training officer course tutors, held this summer, the establishment of an inter‐training board Working Party to draw up recommendations for the training of practitioners in the personnel/training field at both professional and sub‐professional level, and, not least, by comment in the professional press. In the June issue of Personnel Management Mr Frank Tyson, lately of the Chemical and Allied Products Industry Training Board, launched a devastating attack on the Introductory Course for Training Officers, which has been the main‐stay of the national effort in this direction for the past five years. Some of Mr Tyson's comments were entirely justified; others have already been refuted. However, at a time when the Central Training Council's Committee on the Training of Training Staff is in limbo, pending its reconstitution under the newly‐appointed CTC, it is good that the debate should be re‐opened. This article looks at the present situation from the viewpoint of a course tutor, whilst a subsequent article examines it from a consumer's point of view. By looking in this way at both sides of the picture, it may be that a way forward will emerge which will lead to the sort of improvements in training officer training which seem to be urgently needed.
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