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'Champions Network' Training Programme - 'Tips, Tools & Techniques'

The training activity took place
in Birmingham, England
organised by British Council
17-19 April 2012
Reference person

Stever Morris

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Aims & objectives


To train and prepare participants experienced in the YiA programme, to promote the programme across the UK, demonstrate its benefits and contribute to a complementary publication, which will act as a ‘Tool Kit’ for those wishing to implement YiA activities.


• Recruit a network of ‘Champions’ from across the UK who are willing and prepared to act as advocates of YiAP
• ‘Up-skill’ and inform participants in competencies required to support YiA participation
• Support participants to promote and show the benefits of the YiA programme to local audiences
• Capture evidence and benefits of the programme for a publication
• Link participants to regional information point to create local events
• Embed ‘over-arching’ network (and capacity) to support this

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The group was made up of a variety of experienced trainers from across the United Kingdom. The Target Group was those experienced in using the Youth in Action Programme.

Training methods used & main activities

Large and Small Groups Discussion Groups, Presentations, Tutor Input, Case Studies, Action Planning

Outcomes of the activity

The Training Programme was 'pilot' nature and thus we were trying it for the first time. It proved successful even if there was a number of changes we would make to the programme.

We were able to use an evaluation mechanism to assess the overall impact of the programme.

Taking all scores into consideration we have achieved an overall score of 3.97 (79.31%) which means we reached and exceeded our ‘targeted’ minimum although we believe we can score much higher next time out given that it was a ‘pilot’ and also there are some clear recommendations we can work upon. Only 4 out of 27 elements of the programme fell below 75%, with the scores ranging between 65.33% and 89.33%.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was one of the training team and had responsibilities to not only facilitate elements of the training but to also act as a 'Mentor' to participants post-programme.

I worked on this training for 3 days as a full time trainer.

Testimonial of the reference person

Fergal is a committed, conscientious and extremely competent European / TOT trainer.

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