Training of Trainers “Change is a chance! Upgrade your skills and help Europe(ans) grow”

The international Secretariat of Service Civil International together with The Pool of Trainers and Facilitators are proud to announce a brand new training opportunity taking place in Antwerp, Belgium, from May 31st to 7th June 2015, open to participants from 13 European partners: SCI Austria, VIA Belgium, CVS Bulgaria, SCI Catalunya, VCZ Croatia, KVT Finland, SCI France, IVS Great Britain, Utilapu Hungary, VSI Ireland, SCI Italy, OWA Poland and Zavod Voluntariat Slovenia.

The Training of Trainers will be a professional one week-long course prepared and run by experienced trainers, members of the SCI Pool of Trainers and Facilitators. It is intended for these volunteers and staff members of NGOs and institutions who plan to act as educators: persons transferring knowledge, skills, and values to both the youth and adults, and who intend to design and run workshops and trainings on the issues they work on. The event will gather 24 participants from 13 countries.

Participants will be provided with know-how on the essentials of training designing and running, and will learn, among others, how to assess and address participants’ learning needs, design exciting and effective training sessions, prepare training materials, adjust training style to diverse learning styles, use a variety of methods, facilitate group discussions, create positive group dynamics, effectively manage challenging participants, and evaluate their training.

The participants will be also given opportunity to practice and receive feedback on their presentation skills, as well as the change to create their workshop outlines that can be used in their future work.

All in all, the training will enable the participants to design and implement a successful workshop/training, and therefore increase their self-confidence, work more efficiently and have a greater impact on the people they educate.

The working methods used will base on the principles of adult learning, creating a stress-free and motivating environment where the human brain has a full capacity to learn. Innovative techniques and training aids will be used. At times the participants will work in two parallel groups in order to achieve best results. All the methods will encourage active participation, creativity, initiative, and responsibility for one's own learning process.