Webinar: Learning styles: fact or fiction?

Here at NEBOSH, the phrase “preferred learning style” is something we hear a lot from potential learners, particularly – and rather interestingly – in relation to type of assessments that they may take at the end of a course. We say “interestingly” as qualification assessments are usually designed to assess, rather than deliver, learning so that people can ‘pass’ and gain their qualification. In this webinar, NEBOSH will be joined by an expert panel to discuss the research and evidence around learning styles theory, what contributes towards effective learning and how this can apply in the HSE profession.

When you attend this webinar, you will gain ideas to:

  • Support your own learning and professional development
  • Use in the development of in-house training for workers

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Dr David Towlson – Director of Learning and Assessment, NEBOSH

David initially trained as a physical chemist (that’s applying physics to chemical systems), and went on to work in the industrial chemical process sector for large multi-nationals. At first this was in Research and Development and later as a Safety Advisor – where he travelled widely. He then moved into Health and Safety training, working for one of our Learning Partners as Director of Training, Quality and Product Development.

In 2017, he joined NEBOSH as Head of Product Development before being appointed Director of Learning and Assessment. His job, in a nutshell, is to make sure NEBOSH’s products (including assessments, qualifications, courses and publications) are designed, developed and maintained to be fit for purpose.

Shaun Sidley – HSQE Manager, Speedy Freight

I am the manager of a small department that oversees all HSQE related issues at Speedy Freight who provide supply chain solutions incorporating transport, warehousing import & export. We have 45 sites that include offices, warehouses and our fleet of vehicles in the UK, Europe & USA undertaking a variety solutions for our customers.

Outside of work I like to spend time with my family, take a keen interest in sports, particularly football, cricket & motorsports and I also like to read and travel.

Andrew Thompson – Health, Safety & Compliance Manager, Canary Wharf Group

  • Former chair and member of the Junior Board at Canary Wharf Group with experience about learning, working and management styles – particularly through the ‘reverse mentoring’ programme
  • Safety Health Practitioner Rising Star Finalist 2021
  • Published research for Chartered Institute of Building ‘Increasing Primary School Places in London & South East’
  • NEBOSH graduate (Construction Certificate, Fire Certificate and NEBOSH Diploma), Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Civil Engineering graduate (BEng)

Nikki Booth – Formative Assessment Auditor, NEBOSH

Nikki Booth began his career as a secondary school teacher teaching music, Spanish, mathematics, and physics to a broad spectrum of pupils in the Midlands (UK). During this time, he also held several leadership positions including Head of Music, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, and Head of Whole School Assessment. In his ‘free time’, he also took up positions as researcher and visiting lecturer in education at Birmingham City University. In January 2023, although he continues to research and lecture on a part-time basis, he left his 15-year teaching career behind him to become a Formative Assessment Auditor for NEBOSH. In March 2023, he was awarded his PhD in Educational Assessment focusing on Formative Assessment and how it can support teaching and learning. He has published widely on educational assessment and is a regular presenter at national and international conferences

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