Training of Trainers for European Erasmus+ Youth in Action Projects

The major aim of this training course is to train trainers who have the competences and the motivation to contribute to the improvement of the quality of projects within the ERASMUS+ Youth in Action Programme of the European Union.

Within this Training of Trainers course (ToT-course) participants have the chance to further develop their competences as a trainer. In line with the European Training Strategy in the frame of Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme the ToT-course considers the following 6 competences to be essential when working as a non-formal education trainer within the Youth in Action programme:

  1. The competence to understand and facilitate individual and group learning processes.

  2. The competence to design educational programmes.

  3. The competence to direct one´s own learning (Learning to Learn)

  4. The competence to co-operate successfully in teams.

  5. The competence to communicate meaningfully with others.

  6. Intercultural competence.

Participants enter the ToT-course with various levels of prior experience as trainer as well as competences developed - consequently, the learning needs of participants are different. The educational approach implemented in the ToT-course intends to allow for these different learning needs to be identified and pursued. At the core of this process is the competence of the participant to direct his/her own learning. The group as a source for peer learning and the trainers as facilitators of these learning processes are essential pillars of this approach.

This Training of Trainers lasts a year and consists of
• three residential seminars
• an international training project you design and run with some other participants
• ongoing e-learning
• ongoing mentoring with one of the course trainers as your mentor
• learning commitments

Further information on ToT and Blended Learning, the mentoring system and guiding principle of the team and the Self Perception Inventory Tool you can find here.

The call for participants for ToT 14-15 has passed, late applications will not be accepted.
The call for participants for ToT 15-16 will be launched here in spring 2015.


The dates for the three residential seminars of ToT 14-15 are:
1st seminar 28 September - 6 October 2014 in Austria
2nd seminar 15 -25 January 2015 in Poland
3rd seminar 21-28 June 2015 in Italy

This course requires a considerable time investment from the participants: in total you should plan at least 54 days:
• 27 seminar days (including travel)
• 12 days overall for the training project (preparatory work, prep meeting and the course itself)
• 15 days (on average 1-2 days per month) for following the personal learning commitments, the online work, peer learning, mentor talks etc.

Participants are expected
• To have been already involved at least three times in a team of trainers designing, implementing and evaluating a training course in the framework of Non-Formal Education.
• To have had international experience in the youth work field with a function of responsibility (not only as a participant) – organising international youth projects, leading a youth exchange, mentoring EVS volunteers, etc.
• To have the potential and need to develop training competences and act after the course as a trainer for European Youth in Action projects and/or for training courses organised by the National Agencies of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme.
• To show initiative and willingness to self-direct their own learning process.
• To be prepared to reflect on and question their own beliefs and approaches as trainers.
• To be able to run training courses in English.

The course is delivered by a European trainers team consisting of Hazel Low, Paul Kloosterman and Peter Hofmann (as trainer and co-ordinator).

Participants will be selected by the National Agencies for the Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme which covers the expenses related to the participation in the course (travel, board and lodging, fee). Participation fees need to be checked with your National Agency, they might differ from country to country.

For ToT 2014-2015 following National Agencies decided to select participants: Austria, Flemish speaking community of Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom. Trainers from other countries dont have a chance to participate in the course because there are only 24 places available.

The call for participants for ToT 14-15 has passed, late applications will not be accepted.


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