EAEA trainings

EAEA develops in-service trainings and organises study-visits in order to increase adult education professionals' knowledge about the European Union, to deepen understanding of the European education and training policies and to allow the exchange of experiences and good practice among participants.

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Younger Staff Training

Since 2011, EAEA has organised an annual training "European Adult Education and Lifelong Learning – Introduction for younger staff", a.k.a. Younger Staff Training (YST), in Brussels, Belgium.The objectives are to learn about European developments in adult education and lifelong learning, to understand advocacy work at European level, to exchange information and knowledge about each others' organisations and adult education backgrounds, to learn about EAEA and other key civil society organisations.

In 2015, the YST was taken online, as the EAEA-coordinated AE-PRO project organised its first e-training, based on the contents of the real-life course.

Methodology and outcomes

The methodology of the trainings is mixed: part of the seminar, the participants will work self-directed, parts will consist of study visits. There will be discussions and working groups. Participants will meet with representatives of the European institutions, which will give them the opportunity to discuss developments with them. The training is also a launching pad for further training activities and networking. Participant's feedback on their needs and interests will be a crucial part of the training.

As an outcome of past trainings, EAEA Younger Staff Network has been established. It will be extended in order to continue to be updated about European developments and form a group of young experts for EAEA but also their own organisations to tap into.

Learn more about the EAEA Younger Staff Training in an infographic

Training 2017

The EAEA Younger Staff Training of 2017 will be held in Brussels on 19-22 September. A preliminary programme is available and the registrations are now open! Candidates from non-EU Eastern European countries, who work for EAEA members or their members, can now apply for funding - please find more information in this document.

This year the training will focus on three separate areas: policy and advocacy, reaching out to new learners and communication as well as non-formal teaching methods in AE. 2017 is also the first time that the training is supported by EPALE Belgium.

The participants will attend input sessions on the aforementioned topics led by EAEA staff, as well as representatives of European institutions and civil society in Brussels. All sessions are followed by practical workshops, during which the participants have a chance to put into practice the ideas discussed and relate them to their work at the national, regional or local level.

A preliminary programme of the training is now available and will be regularly updated with more details. The candidates will receive a confirmation of their participation before the call for applicaiton closes, at the latest on 31 May. They will then be asked to already pay a registration fee of 100 EUR. The full cost of the training is 450 EUR (including the registration fee).

Since its first edition six years ago, the training has become a launching pad for adult education professionals, giving an opportunity to forge new connections and partnerships. Apply now!

To apply, send a letter of motivation to Aleksandra Kozyra at aleksandra.kozyra@eaea.org and complete this registration form before 31 May!

Factsheet on the YST

Younger Staff Training 2014




Study visits

EAEA organises study visits under request of its members. If you want to get more familiar with the European level of adult education, please come and visit us! Contact eaea-office(at)eaea.org for details.