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Training of Trainers on Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship / TOTEE

The training activity took place
in Alcalá de Henares
organised by ANE Spain ES02
05 – 09 March, 2019

Aims & objectives

Establish an important pool of experts, whose expertise will be used in planning of the Youth@Work projects.
• Provide services (trainings, facilitation, moderation and consultancy) to the Youth@Work Partnership, and its member institutions.
• Ensure the quality of Youth@Work activities and contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the Youth@Work activities in cooperation with the Member NAs and SALTOs.
• Foster a space for education, creativity and exchange of good practice and experience among trainers.
• Establish a functional framework that will act as a recognized body consulting on youth employability and entrepreneurship issues according to the trainers’ expertise.
• Promote gender balance, social cohesion, entrepreneurship and active citizenship in Youth@Work activities.
• Strengthen the coherence between Youth@Work activities.

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

30 professionals with the following profiles:
- resident of one of the following Erasmus+ Programme or Partner Countries: Cyprus, France, FYRO Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Spain, Turkey, UK, and South Mediterranean, Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries, as well as the Russian Federation.
- trainers/facilitators/educators with demonstrated experience of non-formal or formal education activities, youth work, youth employability and entrepreneurship or other areas that are related to the topic of our training.
- experience as a trainer and/or coordinator of a team of trainers in international and intercultural youth work activities.
- The ability to contribute constructively to and assist in the preparation, running and evaluation of an activity (training course, seminar, study visit, conference or MOOC), based on non-formal education approach.
- The ability to run parts of the activity independently (such as selected workshops, working groups, facilitation of events).
- Knowledge about Erasmus+, the work of NAs and SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres.
- advanced level of English (understanding, speaking, writing).
- interested in becoming a part of the Youth@Work pool of trainers/facilitators and be available for the activities of the Youth@Work Partnership that will require the contribution of one/several members of the PoT;
The participants were all experienced trainers acquainted with European programs among them with the Erasmus+. The vast majority was highly motivated and eager to contribute and share ideas, knowledge and skills with others. They have participated in the debates, work groups, presentations and reflections. The promise of being able to give continuity to the Youth@Work partnership was a stimulating factor from personal and professional side.
Participating countries:

- Cyprus
- North Macedonia
- Armenia
- Belarus
- Egypt
- Palestine
- Jordan
- Malta
- Greece
- France
- Hungary
- Italia
- Spain
- UK
- Turkey
- Bosnia and Herzegovina

Raluca Diroescu, Strategic Partnership coordinator, coordinated the meeting.
Additionally there were present the representatives of the Spanish NA (Octavio Martinez , Leticia Sánchez Palacin) and the representatives of the Madrid Community (Concha Fernandez Iglesias y Victoria Castanys)

Training methods used & main activities

Four days of inspiration, learning and collaboration:

Day 1 –INTRO: Introducing and framing the TOTEE:The first day was the introduction to the training, an opportunity to learn about the Youth@Work partnership and to meet other participants of the TOTEE.
Day 2 – EXPLORE: The Future of Work: We explored the trends, challenges and opportunities of employability and entrepreneurship in youth work. Providing concrete information, understanding the concepts/definitions, getting to know the EntreComp and Digcomp European frameworks for competences and developing a common understanding of the relevance and importance of these themes for youth work.
An expert speaker has been invited (Melissa Kennedy) to share the ideas and experience of the enterprise TeamLabs. She gave her vision on the future trends for the development of new jobs and competencies needed in the future.
Future trends in jobs
Employability competencies vs Entrepreneurship competencies
10 reasons to work on E/E with youth
Day 3 – LEARN: Reflecting on and Learning from Practice:The training day was all about reflecting on and learning from practice. Participants have worked in small groups to understand and analyse specific youth work case studies (identified from those sent in by participants). With interventions to develop understanding of relevant themes, they had considered how each case addresses the key areas associated with developing youth work supporting employability and entrepreneurship. Examples of themes to be considered included needs analysis, target group, competences mapping, collaboration with the wider ecosystem, evaluation of impact and added value.
Study cases
Addressing Youth@Work challenges
Day 4 – CREATE: Ideas Lab: We spent on exploring new ideas and opportunities addressing the Youth@Work priorities. In small teams, participants went through an ideas-into-action development process to create and plan youth work projects, workshops or strategic initiatives, responding to the challenge presented by the Youth@Work partnership coordinator. This were followed by a user-centred design process and has concluded with a pitch from each team to the wider group.
Pitching ideas for the Youth@Work partnership
Final evaluation and participants’ commitment

Outcomes of the activity

● Update participants knowledge on youth employability and entrepreneurship (trends, challenges, needs, ongoing and upcoming projects etc.);
● Exchange experiences with the other trainers, as well as methods, tools and approaches;
● Work on concrete case studies and bring solutions developed collaboratively;
● Contribute to the development of new project ideas and tools;
● Express your ideas, suggestions on areas that need to be explored further by the Youth@Work Strategic Partnership.
● Improve self resources and employability , as part of TOTEE pool of trainers.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My role was Youth trainer in this TC.
The information of the TOTEE training and its objectives has been published on the INJUVE Erasmus+ results platform: and on Facebook page of the Youth@Work partnership.
Base camp

I worked on this training for 4 days as a full time trainer.

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