Bridges for Trainers

The bi-annual conference Bridges for Trainers invites key actors to reflect on trends and core issues in the youth field and their effects on the work of trainers. The long term stratetic cooperation between a group of Erasmus+: Youth in Action National Agencies and the SALTO T&C RC brings together experienced trainers, train the trainers training providers as well as Erasmus+ NA and SALTO T&C RC staff working with trainers and trainer pools. Conferences are planned to take place in autumn/winter of 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 and are linked to the European Training Strategy in the field of Youth

Bridges for Trainers 2016 will take place from 28.11. - 1.12.2016 in Vienna, Austria. The call for applicants was closed 10 September 2016. Unfortunately only ca. 120 of the much more suitable applicants could be invited to join the conference.

Bridges for Trainers 2014 took place from 8.12.-10.12. 2014 in Bonn, Germany. It was organised/financed by the NAs of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Poland, UK and the SALTO T&C RC and focused on the competences of trainers and their assessment and recognition.

About 140 trainers and training course organisers with existing training strategies at the national or international level were invited to discuss how trends and issues impact both the work of trainers and providers of train-the-trainers offers. Participants largely focused on the ETS Competence Model for Trainers which was developed in 2013 under the European Training Strategy (ETS) of the Youth in Action Programme and extended by further criteria and indicators in 2014. Currently, a group of experts is developing a guide so the model can be used by individual trainers, teams of trainers and training providers for assessment processes, recruitment, individual and team development, etc.

Moreover, the conference in 2014 offered a space to reflect upon general changes over the past three years and their impact on competence frameworks for assessment, recruiting, designing training courses and other competence development measures for youth workers and their trainers. Bridges for Trainers in that matter served as a platform to explore next steps to be taken, also taking into account the role of Erasmus+: Youth in Action.

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