Another Free Safety Ebook

Another Free Safety Ebook – “Learning How to Facilitate Learning”

Facilitate LearningThe late George Robotham’s 6th Ebook: Learning to Facilitate Learning.

Learning How to Facilitate Learning

By George Robotham

Facilitating learning has been an important part of my professional life, something I have enjoyed a lot, something I have learnt from and something I have worked hard to develop expertise in. This e book critically reflects on my experience facilitating learning and attempts to share lessons I have learnt from my experiences.

I have found facilitating learning has been a very effective way of driving significant OHS change.

One of the activities we all do in business is “training” others. It is my contention that modern adult learning principles are not practiced frequently or well in general “training” in industry and in consequence the learning experience is not as successful as it could be.

Table of Contents


Job 1 – Australian Army

Job 2 – National Safety Council of Australia

Job 3 – Utah Blackwater Mine

Job 4 – Utah Norwich Park Mine

Job 5 – Safety Training Role

Job 6 – Utah Brisbane Office

Adult Learning Principles and Process – Back to Basics






Learning programs

Evaluation of Learning

20 Sure-Fire Ways to Stuff-up a Learning Program

Jobs 7,8 & 9

Supervisor Safety Learning Program

Development of an Effective Learning Program

Learning needs analysis

Supervisor Skills Development

Lessons from Above



My aim with this e book is for others facilitating learning to learn from my mistakes and my learning and experiences.

Learning versus Training

Modern practice is to refer to the processes by which learning is facilitated as learning not training. There are many explanations for this but one that has struck a chord for me is “Training is what others do to us, learning is what we do to ourselves”

The following reflects on some jobs I have had and what I have learnt about facilitating learning.

George’s 6th Ebook: Learning to Facilitate Learning. Download this Ebook Here

George Robotham

George Robotham

George was a Legend in the Safety World who passed away in Sept 2013 but left us with a great legacy
George Robotham
I have worked in OHS for most of my working life, many years in the mining industry including over 10 years in a corporate OHS role with BHP. Since leaving the mining industry I have worked in a variety of safety roles with a variety of employers, large & small, in a variety of industries. I was associated with my first workplace fatality at age 21, the girl involved was young, intelligent, vivacious and friendly. Such a waste! I was the first on the scene and tried to comfort her and tend to her injuries. She said to me “George, please do not let me die” We put her on the aerial ambulance to Rockhampton base hospital where she died the next day. I do not mind telling you that knocked me around for awhile. Since then I have helped my employers cope with the aftermath of 12 fatalities and 2 other life-altering events. The section "Why do Occupational Health & Safety" provides further detail but in summary, poor safety is simply very expensive and also has a massive humanitarian cost. My qualifications include a certificate I.V. in Workplace Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Frontline Management, a Diploma in Training & Assessment Systems, a Bachelor of Education (Adult & Workplace Education) , a Grad. Cert. in Management of Organisational Change and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management. I am currently studying towards a Masters in Business Leadership. Up until recently I had been a Chartered Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia for 10 years and a member for about 30 years. My interest is in non-traditional methods of driving organisational change in OHS and I have what I believe is a healthy dis-respect for many common approaches to OHS Management and OHS Training. I hold what I believe is a well-founded perception that many of the things safety people and management do in safety are “displacement activities” (Displacement activities are things we do, things we put a lot of energy into, but which when we examine them closely there is no valid reason for doing them). My managerial and leadership roles in OHS have exposed me to a range of management techniques that are relevant to Business Improvement. In particular I am a strong supporter of continuous improvement and quality management approaches to business. I believe leadership is the often forgotten key to excellence in most aspects of life. I hold the Australian Defence Medal and am a J.P.(Qualified). I have many fond memories of my time playing Rugby Union when I was a young bloke.

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