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Training Trainers
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project ”Training for Trainers” aims to train youth workers to become trainers and provide them with the theory, skills and tools necessary to design implement and evaluate effective training programmes themselves in order to generate optimum learning outcomes and improved performance. First activity will be a training course that will take place in Sweden from 8th - 16th of May 2016 and will bring together young people from from UK, Sweden, Croatia, Spain, Romania, Macedonia and Estonia. It is planned as an intensive 9 day long training course using the method of non-formal education in order to create an appropriate learning environment by focusing on learning by experience, reflection on the past activities of the participants, discussions about the key competencies of youth work and discovering training competencies and methodology. A team of highly competent trainers will implement the activity ensuring that each participant will get adequate learning guidelines and personal mentoring as well. Specific focus of the training will be made on active learning - how to understand it and to promote it when working with young people. There is a lack of competent trainers in the youth field who are able to work on this Erasmus+ programme priority areas - thus the training will directly contribute to the increase of the educational activity and quality youth work done around the dimensions and act of youth work and learning in Europe. The training course will contribute to the development and expansion of a network of trainers and facilitators with the skills and motivation to contribute to the quality and sustainability of the youth programmes in Europe. It will include various types of learning activities and formats to provide the youth workers with considerable flexibility in adapting the educational programmes to the specific needs of participants.Second activity will be a 9 day long training course that will take place in the United Kingdom from 13th - 21st October 2016. It will as well gather participants from from UK, Sweden, Croatia, Spain, Romania, Macedonia and Estonia. The aim: review and enhance competencies in working as trainers in non-formal settings as a follow up of the first activity. Objectives: explore basic training competencies; better understand group dynamics; develop communication and presentations skills; practice and build on existing skills. The activities and subjects will include groups dynamics; roles in groups; introducing an activity; making a presentation; the perfect circle theory; Homer Simpson theory; leading discussions; telling stories; butterflies; bursting participants; challenging behaviours; task vs. process; art of questions; communication skills; co-working; role of energisers; use of games; creating a programme; leadership. The subjects will be covered using a combination of inputs, process work and practice. Each element covered will be practiced in order to practically enhance the skills of the young trainers. The project will use non-formal education/learning as the basis of learning. Methodologies will include Stop Start Methodology where participants practice facilitating a group or conducting a training activity and are stopped in different moments to analyse what is going on and to reflect on their practice. There will be simulation activities, role plays, theoretical inputs, forum theatre, learning to learn practice, lifelong and life wide learning, small groups, individual work, self-directed learning, use of games and exercises.After both activity we strongly believe how the participants will gain great knowledge, boost their skills and implement all their knowledge and new connection in the most beneficial ways for their organisations that will in the end benefit wider community all together.

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