On the coaching resources page you will find resources and tools to help you understand coaching and how it can support workforce learning and development. Social service organisations across Scotland are increasingly using coaching as one means of supporting professional learning and development, particularly for leadership and management development.
Coaching is a time-limited process during which the coach supports clients to achieve greater self-awareness, improved self-management skills and increased self-efficacy, so that they develop their own goals and solutions.
At the heart of coaching is the belief that people already have the answers they need within themselves, and what they need is to be enabled, through the coaching relationship, to find their solutions, and use their skills.
A coach is someone who, through specific training and education, has developed skills to enable others to develop their potential. They may be a colleague or someone external.
Generally agreed characteristics of coaching:
The Scottish Coaching and Mentoring Collaborative is part of Workforce Scotland, which is a collaborative initiative to develop and support the workforce across public service organisations in Scotland
The Scottish Coaching and Mentoring Collaborative is a collaborative partnership providing in-house trained coaches and mentors to work across public service organisations. They support clients from first line managers to those in senior leadership and management roles across Scottish Public Services.
The Scottish Social Services Council, with Brigid Russell, has produced a learning resource
to support individuals
and organisations who are interested in developing a coaching approach. It provides guidance
why an informal or more formal approach might be helpful, what is involved and how to
Download the full Coaching Learning Resource or click on the sections below.
You may want to explore taking up one of the free coaching options in the new Coaching for Wellbeing service available now. It’s designed specifically to support all health and social services staff in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic and is open to anyone at any level and in any role.
"To help and support people to manage their own learning in order to maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be."
Eric Parsloe, 1992
"Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn, rather than teaching them."
Timothy Gallway, 1974