Mobile training teams go to the students.
The fundamental concept behind a mobile training team is that it is easier to take five trainers to the students — be they in America or overseas — than it is to bring 200 students to the trainers. The military definition of “mobile training team” is a group of more than one US military men or civilians assigned the temporary duty to train the host nationals to support systems or use weapons. The principles of developing a mobile training team, however, are also applicable to civilians where it is more feasible to take the trainers to the students. Colleges and universities also use the mobile team training approach.
1. Start with the big picture and identify the target group that requires training. It could be a small operation involving two or three fitness instructors offering yoga training in small towns around the state or it might be an overseas training operation that requires transporting troops and Hercules helicopters to teach soldiers in South East Asia on conduct air search and rescue.
2. Promote the concept of being a team. In the military, team work is essential. In the private sector, however, professionals may be used to working independently. So, it is important for individuals to share a common vision and realize that while working in a team “the whole is more than a sum of its parts.”
3. Establish roles and responsibilities. Mobile team members have to have clear ideas about who is responsible for what part of the training. Depending on the size of your mobile training team, there may be some overlap or there may be one doctor to teach primary health care and one dentist to offer oral hygiene training.
4. Identify individuals who can work together. Traveling and working together will be most successful if the members of the mobile training team can get along well. They do not have to be the best of friends, but a professional attitude is required to live in close quarters for extended periods of time.
5. Evaluate your mobile team’s training. Involve all the stakeholders — mobile team members, students, administrators — to help you decide how successful the training was and to identify areas in which the mobile training team could improve.