In the hours since the announcement of the UK general election, we’ve been inundated with queries about the availability of Election Trainer, our market-leading online training module for polling station staff, for the election on 8 June 2017.
We can confirm that Election Trainer will be available for use at the forthcoming UK general election. With only seven weeks for you to plan, prepare and deliver a UK general election, we’re pleased to be able to take care of one significant area of work for you – training polling station staff.
We expect to have the training module available shortly after the elections on 4 May, ensuring trainees have plenty of time to complete their training and assessments – even with the short timescales involved with this snap election.
Election Trainer is the most trusted online training module available in the UK and has been used by over 64,000 polling station staff since its release in 2012 – including over 12,000 at the UK general election in 2015 alone.
It has proven to be hugely popular amongst electoral administrators, with 97% of users saying it saved them time compared to planning and delivering face-to-face training. These time savings will be particularly crucial this year given the short timescales associated with the election on 8 June.
Election Trainer is also highly valued by trainees – in our latest survey 94% of polling station staff said that it gave them the necessary skills for election day, with 98% stating that the training was presented in an interactive and easy to digest way.
Furthermore, all costs associated with the use of Election Trainer at the forthcoming UK general election can be reclaimed under the Fees and Charges Order.