Design, development and provision of a Train the Trainers’ module targeting performing with SN People

The starting point of the PACETRAINING initiative is the training approach elaborated and enforced by the Applicant in the past 5 years (“Download” initiative previously mentioned in the application). The project partners will altogether design an overarching intensive practical programme targeted at trainers and provide them with the necessary pedagogical background, teaching tools and behavioural attitudes to meet SN needs and to cope with the challenges provided by target group when teaching them skills and abilities.

Moreover, based on the concept of “pace training”, each partner will provide evidence of the practices that have shown effectiveness in their own context, and will contribute in the drafting of the training contents based on such experiences. The result will be a Train the Trainers module that will sum up all the most effective components of each practice, ready to be delivered to the wider community of practitioners across Europe.

The overall process will therefore be structured as follows:

A) Gathering of practices and identification of teaching/training commonalities and differences (also deriving from different national education and VET systems)

B) Merging of training methodologies, sharing of pedagogical concepts and training behaviour.

C) Design of an intensive training programme (methodologies, behavioural elements, pedagogical approaches) addressed to trainers without a specific field background or in need of upskilling/updating themselves.

D) Delivery of the Train the Trainers module (YEAR 2) in the form of an intensive study programme (Joint Training Event) with a duration of 7 days (including travelling) to a limited group of trainers (each partner will appoint 2 or 3 trainers, who will later be involved in the pilot of the training targeted at SN)

E) Organisation of the second Joint Training Event to be held in M25 in the form of an evaluative workshop involving only 1 trainer per partner country (representing all the trainers previously involved in training) and aimed at analysing the results obtained with the first SN training pilot, discuss eventual adjustments in pedagogical content and/or delivery mode (improvements will be eventually incorporated in the PACETRAINING model before delivering the second SN training pilot in YEAR 3).

The activities under this IO are designed to allow trainers to voice up their evidence-based views, and to suggest further improvements for ensuring the effectiveness of the overall project model.

Among the various training methodologies in use, special attention will be paid to building up proper teaching instruments. Some tools in fact are proved effective and their use will be enforced such as:

  • Video representation of the work sequences (both for the culinary and the hotel general services areas) and other pedagogical tools and equipments suitable for clear understanding and repeting, by SN, of the “making” process.
  • Visual vocabulary matching pictures of work-retelated object, tools and equipments with clear and simple explanation of its use.
  • Role playing activities and “copying strategy” elaborated by the psico-pedagogist Reuven Feuerstein to detect emotions and reaction.

The above mentioned list is not exhaustive as other effective teaching tools and methodologies will be gathered altogether by the partner, based on their experience.

In this activity partners will be supported by an external scientific supervisor whose involvement in the project is considered as essential to provide a scientific-driven background to the PACETRAINING approach, and to support the overall training performance of the teaching staff. Expenses concerning the project scientific supervision will be covered by the Applicant through the exceptional costs budget heading.

Output tangible results will be collected on 2 separate documents:

  • The minimum knowledge, skills and abilities that Trainers working with SN must have and the description of the pedagogical/teaching methodologies to be used while working with SN.
  • The tools, equipments and instruments that trainers may use to facilitate their training targeted at SN. Such documents will also describe how to use media and ICT tools tools that enhance replication and the understanding of work sequences/processes.

The Documents will be revised along the project lifetime after the first pilot of the SN training as described in I.O. 1 and definitely released after the summative evaluation to be carried out after the second pilot.

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