Jonathan Robertson


As a young person, I participated in volunteer projects, youth exchanges and initiatives. I co-founded Xchange Scotland in 2007 to champion international youth work. Since then, I have been developing and delivering projects and training courses on topics including global education, leadership, sports and intercultural dialogue. I've seen how making learning dynamic, fun and international can change people and create lasting impact... and I want to bring that to every project I'm involved in.

Jonathan Robertson has 6 references for past work as a trainer.

Jonathan Robertson

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Current occupation

Freelance Trainer and Researcher

Work experience

I was part of a small group of young people who started Xchange Scotland in 2007 - a charity based in Glasgow to champion international opportunitites and learning. I have been in a leadership role within the organisation for 6 years. Now I am a Freelance Trainer and Researcher, specialising in international youth work, active citizenship and leadership.

- 2010-2012. Co-developed and delivered an educational project funded by Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government on Religious Tolerance and Creativity -
- 2012. In the year the Olympics came to the UK, I was a trainer on an international course for youth and community workers using Sports as a Social Tool - called Ready, Steady, Go!
- 2012-2013. I was a trainer on an international course with participants from Scotland, Germany, Israel, Palestine, Slovenia and Egypt on Intercultural Dialogue and Creativity -
- 2013. I was the Coach of a Youth Initiative where a group of young people from Glasgow made a USE-IT map for young visitors to the city -
- 2013. I was a trainer on a 5-day international Learner Workshop in Glasgow on the topic of Active Citizenship and International Volunteering.
- 2014. I created and presented a self-reflectionguide for young people on Youth in Action projects to the YiA Tool Fair in Delphi, Greece.
- 2014-2015. As part of UK National Agency Pool of Trainers, I designed and delivered an international training course called EVS for Employability, hosted in Birmingham, UK. I also wrote a report for the UK National Agency on this topic.
- 2015. I hosted an international training course for the UK National Agency on European Citizenship, in Glasgow, UK.
- 2015. I co-created and delivered an international training course called Finding Your Element in Erasmus+ for European youth workers, in the Netherlands.
- 2015. I delivered a training for the Alliance Network about active citizenship and volunteering called SenCitizenship, in Belgium.
- 2016 until now. Facilitator and researcher on partnership project between UK and Slovenian National Agencies on Erasmus+ Volunteering Activities.

Educational pathway

I graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in English Literature. But, a much deeper learning began when I came across the world of international volunteering and non-formal education projects.

I was trained and led international volunteer projects in Wales, which opened my eyes to the opportunities that were out there and working with a wide range of people. It was there I was introduced to how making learning dynamic, fun and international could change people and situations.

Trying to bring this inspiration to Glasgow and Scotland through being one of the founders and leaders of Xchange Scotland has been my biggest source of learning. From building a team and planning projects, right through to evaluation and reflection, I have had a huge range of learning experiences. I participated in Training Courses on running Youth Exchanges and developing Global Education work and, crucially, developed myself as a self-directed learner.

Training is my big passion and I was lucky enough to be a participant on the year-long Youth in Action Training of Trainers (ToT) course. Along with the work and learning I was doing in Glasgow, the ToT course gave me the space to develop myself further with the help and inspiration of the others on the course. I developed techniques to share my learning, build my understanding of how learning happens and gained methods in how to support and facilitate learning in others. This is work and learning that continues for me every day.

I completed a Masters course at the University of Glasgow in Community Learning and Development in 2016 and am now a Dissertation Supervisor there too.

Fields of training expertise

  • (beginner) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (beginner) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (beginner) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (intermediate) Communication Skills
  • (intermediate) Creativity & Art
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (beginner) Equal Opportunities
  • (intermediate) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (beginner) Financial Management
  • (advanced) Global Education
  • (intermediate) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (beginner) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (advanced) International Youth Work
  • (advanced) Leadership Development
  • (beginner) New Information Technologies
  • (intermediate) Open Space Technology
  • (intermediate) Organizational Management
  • (intermediate) Peace Education
  • (beginner) People Management & Cooperation
  • (intermediate) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (intermediate) Project Management
  • (beginner) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (intermediate) Training of Trainers
  • (advanced) Volunteer Programmes
  • (intermediate) Youth Exchanges
  • (intermediate) Youth Participation & Initiatives

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (advanced) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (beginner) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (beginner) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (beginner) Solidarity Fund for Youth Mobility (CoE)
  • (intermediate) European Institutions
  • (beginner) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (intermediate) International Youth Structures
  • (intermediate) Private Foundations
  • (beginner) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (beginner) Children
  • (beginner) Families
  • (beginner) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (advanced) Intercultural Teams
  • (intermediate) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (beginner) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Minorities
  • (intermediate) Religious Youth Groups
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Physical Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (intermediate) Africa
  • (intermediate) Asia
  • (beginner) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (intermediate) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (advanced) European Cooperation
  • (intermediate) Global Cooperation
  • (intermediate) North-North Cooperation
  • (intermediate) North-South Co-operation
  • (beginner) South East Europe

Other skills

Graphic Design, Writing & Proof-reading

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (intermediate) French
  • (beginner) Spanish

Other languages

Scottish Gaelic (Beginner)

Trainer references

  • Ready, Steady, Go - Sport as a Social Tool

    Validated (2022-02-01)
    The training activity took place
    in Glasgow, UK
    organised by Xchange Scotland / British Council
    29/05/2012 - 04/06/2012
    Reference person

    Olga Kiriakidou

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  • Intercultural Learning through Voluntary Service

    Awaiting validation (requested 2016-02-10)
    The training activity took place
    in Glasgow, UK
    organised by Xchange Scotland
    09/06/2013 - 15/06/2013
  • History Class Cancelled. Time for Future Class.

    Awaiting validation (requested 2016-02-12)
    The training activity took place
    in Berlin, Germany
    organised by Loesje International
    15/03/2013 - 21/03/2013
  • Finding Your Element in Erasmus+

    Awaiting validation (requested 2016-02-10)
    The training activity took place
    in Orvelte, Netherlands
    organised by Breakthrough Foundation
    2nd-7th Novemeber 2015
  • SenCitizenship

    Awaiting validation (requested 2018-02-17)
    The training activity took place
    in Harsin, Belgium
    organised by Compagnons Batisseurs
    7th-11th December 2015
  • EVS for Employability

    Validated (2022-02-21)
    The training activity took place
    in Birmingham, UK
    organised by Ecorys - UK National Agency
    25th-29th May 2015
    Reference person

    Saso Kronegger

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This profile was last modified on 2020-09-10

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