Today I’ve gotten some advice from somebody from a Swim England Officials Coordinator. I will not name any names but will simply copy and paste the part of the email that is most disparaging: “……You can throw away the workbook if you wish……”.
Great to have this freedom of choice. I think about it.
I am just concerned that prior to that I had been asked to email the signed Mentor practise sessions to somebody. Whilst those signed pages still exist somewhere in the pipeline I wonder whether they can be used by somebody else. It is not exactly strictly secure to email signed pages and then throw away the book.
Interestingly the signed pages do not show who actually did the sessions, so they are pretty much usable by anyone who has access to them. How much does British Swimming or Swim England ensure that signed and emailed mentor session pages cannot be abused by anyone?
I’ve heard that for example Employment Agencies often ask people to provide photocopies of passports and that then led to identities being stolen.
Does anybody know how much the assessors actually compare the signed mentor sessions with the actual competition paperwork, which shows which trainees where at which competition?
If you see a page full of signed mentor sessions, they mention the name of the mentor by membership number, the competition and the referee by membership number but not the name of the trainee. I find that really worrying. This system is prone to abuse.
It is particularly concerning if you start a course and don’t finish it because those signed pages float around without any trainee name on, on most of them.
J1 training soon moves online, that will be more secure from the admin point of view but all those pages in training books – when they get emailed – are not secure.
The process of training is not transparent. To compare this with schools, at least pupils get pupil numbers and those numbers are used to log grades, to apply for further education, so that the pupil number is always associated with results.
Not so with officials training, you can get, as stated above, pages of mentoring signed off without neither your name, nor your number appearing on any of them. It is easy to email individual pages without evidence of the owner of the book as the owners name and number only appears on one page, whilst the mentoring slots do not show the name.
I really do not know whether licensing officials actually compare the mentoring pages with the competition paperwork that is produced with every competition. The paperwork during competitions contains the names of officials and trainees, I am not certain whether during licensing this data gets verified.