Nik Paddison


Nik is a full time independent freelance trainer/writer/consultant/copy editor in the European youth field. He has a background as a youth worker from the UK. Nik specialises in the training of youth workers and trainers: Human Rights, peace building, Roma young people, refugees, non-formal learning – creating educational games, activities & theories. He is living by the sea in Montenegro and trying to live a Mediterranean lifestyle, but that North European mentality keeps getting in the way!

Nik Paddison has 4 references for past work as a trainer.

Nik Paddison

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Current occupation

Freelance Trainer, Writer, Copy Editor and Consultant

Work experience

Freelance Trainer
Work with the following institutions and organisations involves the following: creating, developing and writing training course ideas and concepts, delivery of training courses, and evaluation of training courses. Development of activities, exercise and theories specific to subjects and needs.

International Institutions
These include the EU-CoE Youth Partnership, Council of Europe Youth Department, Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme of the European Commission, SALTO Resource Centres (South East Europe, Training and Cooperation, Eastern Europe and Caucasus and EUROMED), and the Eastern Partnership Youth Forum, Lithuania and Latvia. Various Erasmus+ National Agencies

European Networks
Youth and Environment Europe – Prague, Czech Republic; Youth for Exchange and Understanding – Brussels, Belgium; Youth Express Network – Strasbourg, France; Youth Peace Ambassadors – Budapest, Hungary

Non-Governmental Organisations / Civil Society Organisations
Loesje Armenia, Nevo Parudimos Romania, DRONI Georgia, JUB Holland, CEMEA Rhone-Alps France, GiovaniSi Italy, SubKult Switzerland, Youth in Progress Austria, CEIPES Turkey, Centre for Intercultural Development Macedonia, Kreaktiv Macedonia…

Subject Areas of Training Expertise
Training of trainers and facilitators; Training of youth workers; Non-formal education / learning; Roma rights and issues; Participation; European citizenship; Hate Speech; Human Rights; Women’s Rights; Conflict transformation; Peacebuilding; Creativity; Inter-religious dialogue; Intercultural dialogue / learning; Sustainability and the environment; Presentations and public speaking; Recognition and assessment of non-formal learning…

Moderator / Facilitator
2016: Getting Across, EU-CoE Youth Partnership: A peer-learning seminar on cross-sectoral youth policy
in the Western Balkans
2015: Beyond Barriers, EU-CoE Youth Partnership: A youth policy seminar on social inclusion of young people in vulnerable situations in South East Europe
2015: Roma Youth Conference, Council of Europe: Conference to discuss current Roma youth issues and future policy orientations for the participation and inclusion of Roma youth
2015: European Youth Work Convention, EU-CoE Youth Partnership: Presenting the EU-CoE Youth Partnership Compendium: How Youth Work Changed My Life

2015: 2nd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum, Riga, Latvia
2014: Centre for Intercultural Dialogue, Look Beyond: Evaluation Meeting, Role of Youth in Action in Youth Work Development and Look Beyond Conference
2013: Eastern Partnership Youth Forum, Kaunas, Lithuania
2013: German National Agency Youth in Action Programme: Building Tomorrows Europe: Perspectives for Young People. European Conference on Youth Work and Youth Policy. Bonn, Germany
2012: SALTO SEE: Symposium on Youth Policy Cooperation in South East Europe: focus on recognition of youth work & non-formal learning. Tirana, Albania

Freelance Writer
2016: Council of Europe, Youth Department. Practices of Human Rights education by and with young people
2016: Educational Tools Portal, EU. The Culture of Trainers
2015: Council of Europe, Youth Department. Roma Youth Participation – Publication on good practice
2014: EU-CoE Youth Partnership:
Compendium of testimonies and stories on ‘How Youth Work Changed my Life’
Mapping of existing tools of recognition and good examples of practices at European and national levels
2013: Centre for Intercultural Dialogue, Macedonia – Comparative Analysis of European Youth Work for Macedonia Youth Sector Development
2010 & 2012: Coyote – EU & CoE Youth Partnership Publication
Issue 15, Article: The Art of Co-Working – models of co-working explored
Issue 18, Article: To Recognise or Not to Recognise
2007 – 2009: HR Global – Macedonia: Writing
Writing a monthly article, theme: Group Work & Basic Training/Facilitation Skills

Copy Editor
Various Publications for:
Erasmus+ youth in action, National Agency – Slovenia
SALTO SEE Resource Centre – Slovenia
SALTO Cultural Diversity Resource Centre – UK
SALTO Training and Cooperation Resource Centre – Germany

Available downloads:

Educational pathway

-Peace and Reconciliation Studies. Coventry University. Master Degree. 2001 to 2003
-Long Term Training Course. Council of Europe. 1997 - 1998.
-Youth and Community Development Diploma. Leicester University. 1993 - 1995.

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Animation
  • (beginner) Bullying & Harassment
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (expert) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (expert) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Creativity & Art
  • (intermediate) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (intermediate) Drama & Theatre
  • (intermediate) Environment & Ecology
  • (intermediate) Equal Opportunities
  • (intermediate) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (intermediate) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (advanced) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (expert) Leadership Development
  • (intermediate) New Information Technologies
  • (intermediate) Open Space Technology
  • (intermediate) Organizational Management
  • (expert) Peace Education
  • (intermediate) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (advanced) Public Speaking
  • (expert) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (advanced) Social Media
  • (intermediate) Storytelling & Humour
  • (intermediate) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (beginner) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Youth Policy
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (advanced) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (expert) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (expert) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (intermediate) European Institutions
  • (advanced) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (intermediate) International Youth Structures

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (intermediate) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (intermediate) Minorities
  • (intermediate) Religious Youth Groups
  • (advanced) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (expert) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Physical Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

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

Other skills

Curriculum Development - Full; Adolescence - Full; Community Research - Full;

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English

Other languages

a bit - macedonia, bosnian, serbian, croatian

Trainer references

  • Leadership & Developmental Community Youth Work

    Validated (2022-01-18)
    The training activity took place
    in Tetovo & Skopje, Macedonia
    organised by Forum Syd Balkans Programme
    October 2003 - July 2007
    Reference person

    Mia Sidran

    (Education Manager)
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  • From Hate to a Peace of Art

    Validated (2022-03-20)
    The training activity took place
    in Dilijan, Armenia
    organised by Loesje Armenia
    November 2017
    Reference person

    Hranush Shahnazaryan

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  • Youthification

    Validated (2022-09-18)
    The training activity took place
    in Leysin, Switzerland
    organised by SubKult
    September 2016
    Reference person

    Stevica Levajkovski

    (organiser and co-trainer)
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  • Variety is the Spice of Life

    Awaiting validation (requested 2019-03-29)
    The training activity took place
    in Stockholm, Sweden
    organised by Youth for Exchange and Understanding
    6th to 12th March 2017

This profile was last modified on 2018-01-22

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