Training of Trainers (ToT)

The ToT course is a long term training course and takes place over the course of one year. It targets newcomer trainers who want to work internationally and puts a focus on all six areas of the ETS Competence Model for Trainers. The main goal is to train trainers who are motivated to take part in continually improving the quality of projects under the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme.

Within the ToT course, participants have the chance to further develop their competences as a trainer. In line with the European Training Strategy, ToT considers the following competences as essential when working as a non-formal education trainer within Erasmus+: Youth in Action:

  1. Understand and facilitate individual and group learning processes
  2. Design educational programmes
  3. Direct one's own learning (Learning to Learn)
  4. Co-operate successfully in teams
  5. Communicate meaningfully with others
  6. Intercultural Competence
  7. Being civically engaged

Participants enter the ToT course from various levels of prior experience and bring along a portfolio of competences - consequently, their learning needs 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.

The ToT course lasts a year and consists of:

  • three residential seminars
  • an international training project you design and run with other participants
  • ongoing e-learning
  • ongoing mentoring with one of the course trainers as your mentor
  • learning commitments

This course requires participants to invest a considerable amoung ot: in total you should allow for at least 54 days:

  • 27 seminar days (including travel)
  • Ca. 12 days overall for the training project (preparatory work, prep meeting and the course itself)
  • Ca. 15 days (on average 1-2 days per month) for following the personal learning commitments, online work, peer learning, mentor talks etc.

Participants are expected to

  • have already been involved at least three times in a team of trainers designing, implementing and evaluating a training course in the framework of non-formal education
  • have 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.
  • 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
  • show initiative and willingness to self-direct their own learning process
  • be prepared to reflect upon and question their own beliefs and approaches as trainers
  • be able to run training courses in English.

The ToT courses are delivered by a European trainers team consisting of Anita SilvaPaul Kloosterman and Gabi Steinprinz.

For more information about the Training of Trainers, browse the download section on the right and have a look at different features of ToT.


ToT Course 2018-2019: The call for participants for ToT 2018-19 is available at, the dates for the three residential seminars of ToT 18-19 will be:

  • 1st seminar: 15-24.09.2018 in Portugal
  • 2nd seminar: 18-27.01.2019 in Germany
  • 3rd seminar: 22-29.06.2019 in Italy

Participants will be selected by the National Agencies of 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.

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