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Induction Handbook


I work for an education charity, who recruit new staff every term. I deliver a 3-day core induction programme and would like to supplement this with a professional-looking Induction handbook, that staff can use as a reference in their workplace. Could someone give me some guidance on how to pull this together?
natasha wallace

5 Responses

  1. break it down
    When creating my Induction manual, I started by breaking it down into the areas I needed to cover on the course. For example health and saftey, IT, policies and procedures, guide to the company and maps of the site etc. This made it much easier to then collect the relevant information from each dept. I also made this look more professional by using ringbinders with the company logo and providing new starts with company pens to complete any forms.

  2. Induction handbook
    We have a comprehensive induction for our Police Staff and Police Officers. For our Staff we do a corporate induction but this forms part of a pathway of activities for the new starter to undertake. Part of this includes a intranet site, which we use as our handbook. I would be happy to share the type of materials and how we identified the content for the site. Please give me a call on 0118 9325614

    Don Oldcorn
    Training Design Manager
    Thames Valley Police

  3. Personal Development Folders
    I agree with Emma that you have to think about breaking down the induction into individual modules. However, instead of handing out one handbook on day one with everything in it, I normally recommend giving delegates a personal development folder (PDF). As you cover each section of the induction you can provide your delegates with handouts/workbooks to put in their folder. In addition, it will be easier to update smaller workbooks/handouts when changes are needed rather than having to update one whole workbook.

    By giving personal development folders to your delegates on day one, not only do they look very professional and very easy to put together, it allows the delegates to use them as reference guides in the real world, they are also able to add any additional coaching/training to the folder on an ongoing basis.

    If you require any further assistance or help Natasha, please feel free to drop mean email.

    I think all of the comments are relevent.

    All I can add is that we are adding exercises to our manual in order to get our staff to interact with the facilitator and/or text to get a real understanding of what is required. The approach takes a bit longer.

    Stephen Roberts
    Glenrand MIB, Johannesburg South Africa


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