Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities

Did you know you can use Erasmus+ funding to take part in all sorts of training events that can help you prepare for, apply for and run Youth in Action projects?

The training is delivered through Transnational Cooperation Activities (TCAs for short!) and each year, the Léargas Youth and Adult Education team agrees a schedule of funded TCAs/training events that can be attended by those in the youth, community and voluntary sectors. These events take place here in Ireland and in other locations throughout Europe. See below for a list of upcoming events.

Registration for Youth TCAs is managed by an organisation called SALTO. To apply to go on a training event, you will need to go to their page. If you’re not already registered with SALTO, don’t worry, registration is free and it’s really quick to do.

If you’ve any questions, contact Naoise Wilkinson on our Client Services Team.

Upcoming Training

Here are some of the upcoming training events for the youth sector only. (If you’re interested in TCAs in other sectors, click ‘TCAs’ in the Erasmus+ menu). We’ll be updating this regularly, so do check back.

Democracy Reloaded Study Visit
25 Feb – 02  March
Lisbon, Portugal

The aims of the Study Visit are to share and reflect on existing practices of youth participation in decision making at local level and to support participants to develop the competences to plan, implement, sustain and reform local participative structures.

Deadline for applications: 18 October 2017

For more information and to apply visit:

Digital Youth Work Conference
27 – 30 November
Vienna, Austria

The Conference will bring together 100 – 120 youth workers and youth work stakeholders from Europe and create a space to examine the concept of digital youth work from diverse angles.The conference will inform about current developments on EU-Level, present concrete practice, enable participants to get a hands-on-experience on tools that are useful for their daily work and reflect on the role of youth workers in a digital world.

Deadline for applications: 05 October 2017

For more information and to apply visit:


Graphic Harvesting Trainer Skills Workshop
21-24 November
Dublin, Ireland

This workshop aims to expand trainer tool-kits with design thinking methodologies and to equip trainers with the skills to integrate the use of graphic facilitation and creativity in order to enhance their practice. Trainer Skill Workshops (TSW) are offered twice a year as part of a strategic long term cooperation between NA’s and SALTO T&C RC coordinating European training offers for trainers. It supports advanced trainers exploring a certain area of trainer work and related competencies of the ETS Competence Model for Trainers. In the context of TSWs, advanced means that the trainer-learner has the capacity to reflect on their practice as a trainer. This also implies a capacity for self assessment.

Deadline for applications: 29 September 2017

For more information and to apply visit:

ATOQ GR – Advance Training on Quality in Greece
16 -21 October

ATOQ training courses aim at increasing quality within youth exchanges. Based on previous exchanges, an international group of youth workers will focus on quality aspects and improve management competences in order to raise quality of future exchanges.

Deadline for applications: 10 September 2017

For more information and to apply visit:

Rural Study Visit 
19-24 September
South West Finland

The study visit will gather together youth workers from small towns, rural areas and little villages to have a look at Finnish good practices that help the countryside to be more international. Small organisations in rural areas can find human resources as a challenge in organising international youth projects. This study visit shows good practices in one region in Finland. Rural Areas can be international too!

Deadline for applications: 11 August 2017

For more information and to apply visit:

All 4 Inclusion 
09-13 October
Slovak Republic

This training course on encouraging and empowering youth workers and social workers to start inclusive projects with mixed ability groups through Erasmus+ projects. Our aim is to make the Erasmus+ projects more inclusive, accessible for young people with fewer opportunities.

Deadline for applications: 12 August 2017 

For more information and to apply visit:

Under the Same Roof 
25-28 October 2017
Bucharest, Romania

This is a seminar on cross-sectoral cooperation for young people with fewer opportunities, notably Roma youth, in order to enable their active involvement and integration in society – UNDER THE SAME ROOF. The event will explore cooperation between youth work and other sectors (formal education, employment, health, housing, police, social and private sectors, among others) in inclusion.


  • To explore strengths and weaknesses of cross-sectoral approaches targeting young people with fewer opportunities, notably Roma youth
  • To exchange ways of working together and methods of intervention in inclusion of young people
  • To get to know different realities and sharing good practices in cross-sectoral work with young people
  • To stimulate the development of cross-sectoral projects for young people with fewer opportunities, notably Roma youth within the framework of Erasmus+

Deadline for applications:  25 August 2017

For more information and to apply, visit:

Speak Up, Step UP!
16-18 October 2017
Berlin, Germany

Speak UP, Step Up! A Eurpoean conference to consider the practice, impact and future role of Erasmus+ Youth in Action in promoting democratic values and attitudes and active citizenship.

Deadline for applications:  27 Aug 2017
For more information and to apply, visit

BiTriMulti (BTM) – Multilateral Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges
09-13 October 2017

This course offers an international learning experience for practitioners active in the youth work field, enabling them to develop their competences in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects. It’s especially aimed at newcomers to this field.

Deadline for applications:  03 September 2017
For more information and to apply, visit:

MENTOR Plus – Improving mentorship in EVS
30 October-03 November 2017
Vienna, Austria

The main aim of this training is to increase the quality of mentoring in EVS and to support active mentors working with their volunteer(s). Are you actively mentoring EVS volunteers or about to soon?  Have you been a mentor in EVS for some time and feel the need to reflect on your role, your responsibilities and challenges?  Get to know fellow mentors from across Europe and learn new practices and methods at Mentor Plus.

Deadline for applications:  10 September 2017
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Destination: Youth Participation
21-27 November 2017
Athens, Greece

This hands-on training course aims to equip participants with the tools and competencies to empower the young people they work with to participate in society.  The course targets two categories of practitioners:  experienced professionals in the field of youth participation and those that have not directly worked in this field yet but have a strong interest in enhancing their knowledge, skills and practices in the area of youth participation initiatives and projects.

Deadline for applications:  10 September 2017
For more information and to apply, visit:

Wake Up, Green Up!
23-27 October
Berlin, Germany

This training course aims at developing the competences of youth workers to encourage and support young people’s active involvement in environmental issues.

Deadline for applications:  14 September 2017
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APPETISER – An introduction on how to use Erasmus+ Youth in Action for international youth work
27 November-01 December 2017
United Kingdom

Appetiser aims to give a strong positive first experience of international youth work and motivate participants to use Erasmus+ Youth in Action. The goal is to give a feeling of what it means to work with young people in an international setting. It is about giving a space for participants to explore the advantage of “internationality” themselves.

Deadline for applications:  17 September 2017
For more information and to apply, visit: