Training of trainers – NFL and interactive methods in Youth work – ACHIEVE

Lesson 1 – What is a trainer? Ethics, morality and responsibility – text

The ethical trainer can be characterized as a person who:

  • Is a lifelong learner;
  • Is committed to her own (professional) development;
  • Is committed to the (professional) development of others;
  • Is aware of and helps to manage the risks that training poses for learners;
  • Shares knowledge and skills with others;
  • Is able to keep the right balance between proximity and distance to the participants;
  • Is openly self-reflective and critical;
  • Markets skills and programs accurately;
  • Is sensitive to the needs of learners;
  • Uses content and processes congruent with available skills;
  • Establishes supportive learning environments.

(Adapted from Paige 1993)

Key characteristics of successful trainer:

  • An ability to show approval and acceptance of trainees
  • An ability to bring the group together and to control it without limiting or damaging it
  • A style of teaching and communicating which generates and uses the ideas and skills of the participants
  • Knowledge and experience of the subject matter
  • Organising ability, so that resources are available and logistical arrangements smoothly handled
  • Skill in identifying and resolving participant’s problems
  • Enthusiasm for the subject and capacity to put it across in an interesting and engaging way
  • Flexibility in responding to participants’ changing needs

(Adapted from Pretty et al. 1995)

Source – T-Kit 6 – Training Essentials – Council of Europe publishing, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, October 2002


The training program “Training of Trainers” is an educational product that is currently missing in the partner countries – Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania. Due to the early stage of development of the youth sector and youth work in these countries the educational materials aimed at non-formal learning are still limited and insufficient. The lack of adequate educational framework for training of youth workers in the field of formal education leads to inefficient use of the capacity of professionals.

This course fills a gap in the youth sector, namely the need of methodologies for the preparation of trainers, who are able to train youth workers. This course will set the basis for the preparation of teams of trainers of youth workers. The course will serve the goal of development of youth work in the participating countries and other interested parties. A large number of youth workers can be trained according to the methodology at national and international level to use and promote non-formal learning as a tool to enhance the realization of young people in the labor market and increase their social cohesion.

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