ETS Competence Model for Trainers

Trainers are a core element when it comes to European youth work, particularly in the field of non-formal learning. Their professional expertise combined with their ability to perform within an educational framework affect the quality of training activities in a crucial way. This is why the Competence Model for Trainers was developed as part of the European Training Strategy. The well-thought-out set of competences serves as a dynamic framework to be consulted by trainers as well as institutions and organisations who plan non-formal education training activities.

The Steering Group of the European Training Strategy of Youth in Action requested (SALTO T&C RC) and Gisele Evrard-Markovic (at that time freelance trainer) to develop a competence model targeting trainers, youth workers and youth leaders working on an international level. Arturas Deltuva later on joined the team for the Model's further developments.

The ETS Competence Model defines seven competence areas:

  • Understanding and facilitating individual and group learning processes
  • Learning to learn
  • Designing educational programmes
  • Cooperating successfully in teams
  • Communicating meaningfully with others
  • Intercultural competence
  • Being civically engaged

The advanced version contains additional criteria and indicators that define the competences in more detail. The ETS glossary explains key definitions and is very helpful in order to better understand how they are used in the context of the ETS.

On the left-hand side also the visualisation of each of the competence areas can be downloaded. The first pdf file contains an overview of the competence areas, followed by each of the competences, and the last file contains all posters in one document. The documents are optimised for printing on A2.

Currently, a group of experts (Gisele Evrard-Markovic, Arturas Deltuva and ) is moreover in the process of developing a set of guidelines to be consulted when working with the Competence Model. The guidelines will address individual trainers, teams of trainers and training providers that conduct assessment processes, recruit trainers and are concerned with individual and team development.

Further information will be published as soon as it becomes available.

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