Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities

Did you know that Erasmus+ can fund you to take part in training events that help you prepare, apply for and run Youth in Action projects? These events are managed by an organisation called SALTO.  Each year Léargas chooses a number of particularly relevant training events that people working in the Irish youth sector can be funded to attend.

To apply to go to a training event, click on the SALTO link after the listing. You will need a SALTO account to see the details. If you don’t have one, follow the on-screen instructions to set one up. Léargas will then get in touch with you to let you know if your application has been successful.

If you’ve any questions, contact Carmel Walsh on our Client Services Team.

Upcoming Training

Here are the upcoming training events for the youth sector only. Check here for TCA opportunities in other sectors.

ETS Training Course: Comets on Designing Educational Programmes
Dunboyne, Ireland 16-22 February 2020

COMETS is a training for trainers format which provides trainers, advanced in the implementation of international trainings for youth workers, with opportunities to come together to reflect upon, discuss and develop further on different competence areas of the ETS competence model. In the context of COMETS, ‘advanced’ means that trainers-learners have the capacity to direct their own learning and in particular, the ability to self-assess their own competences and review their own training practice.

Aim: To explore and reflect on one’s practice when designing educational programmes.

To raise awareness on your personal and professional patterns when designing educational programme.
To reflect educational programmes design concepts from different perspectives
To understanding the complexities of designing educational programmes
To explore ways to stimulate, support and empower groups through inspiring educational programmes
To explore the roles and responsibilities of trainers regarding the impact of educational programme.
To explore how the design of educational programmes is influenced by the principles and values of Non Formal Learning.

For more information, contact Carmel
Deadline for applications: 16 November
To apply: COMETS on Designing Educational Programmes

Exploring the digital dimension in youth workers’ competences
Vienna, Austria, 25-27 February 2020

Target: Youth workers, youth work educators, experts on the digital dimension of youth work and competence models, as well as other stakeholders.


  • provide an overview of current developments in the digital dimension of youth work and existing competence models for youth workers
  • reflect on and strengthen the role and identity of youth workers in a digitalised era
  • explore and discuss the digital dimension of youth work and related competences
  • contribute to integrating digital competences in existing competence models for youth workers
  • provide space for networking

For more information, contact Carmel
Deadline for applications: 27 November
To apply: Exploring the digital dimension in youth worker competences

APPETISER – An introduction on how to use Erasmus+ for international youth work
Danhostel Ishøj Strand, Denmark, 30 March – 3 April 2020

Target: youth workers/leaders at local level, working in organisations or informal groups that are new to Erasmus+, who want to know more about international activities

Aims: Provide a strong positive first experience of international youth projects to motivate the participants to use the Erasmus+ (and partially the European Solidarity Corps).  The course will enable participants to:

  • get a taste for non-formal and intercultural learning
  • enjoy their first intercultural youth project experience
  • exchange local youth activities in the international context
  • explore the types of support available for Erasmus+ international youth activities
  • analyse examples of quality Erasmus+ youth projects
  • see how to benefit from international context in participants’ local work practice.

For more information, contact Carmel
Deadline for applications: 02 December 2019
To apply: APPETISER: Erasmus+ in international youth work

Going International with Young People from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds
Brussels, Belgium-FL, 16-20 March 2020

Target: those who work directly at a local level (as a professional or volunteer) with young people from diverse cultural backgrounds (e.g. community-based organisations, grass-root youth organisations working with minorities).

Aims: This seminar brings together 24 youth workers to share knowledge, expertise and experience in working directly with young people from diverse cultural backgrounds and supports them in using European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus+ Youth in Action as a tool.

For more information, contact Carmel
Deadline for applications: 20 December 2019
To apply: Going International

BiTriMulti (BTM) – Multilateral Training Course for newcomers in youth exchanges
Slovak Republic, 17- 21 March 2020

Target Sectors: Youth workers, Youth leaders

Aim: to offer 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; especially newcomers to this field’

For more information, contact Carmel
Deadline for applications: 05 January 2020
To apply: BTM for newcomers

The Star of Europe 
Czech Republic, 09-13 March 2020

Target Sectors: Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth coaches, Adults working directly with young people in youth work settings.

The Star of Europe training will take you through a youth exchange project from its very beginning to the very end, highlighting the ways how young people themselves can be involved in every step of their own youth exchange project.

The aim of “The Star of Europe” is to get a comprehensive understanding of what a youth exchange project contains – from the idea, needs assessment of a project to the follow up activities. More specifically, the main objectives are:

1) to understand the the whole logic of lifecycle of a youth exchange project;
2) to focus on participation and learning opportunities of the young people;
3) to pay extra attention to the equal partnership and encourage partners to plan, prepare, implement and report the project together.

For more information, contact Carmel
Deadline for applications: 05 January 2020
To apply: The Star or Europe