Training of Trainers for the Humanitarian Sector

Date: 6 - 10 Mar 2017
Length: 5 days
Location: London, UK
Residential: No

About the course:

It has been said that “good teachers produce good students.” It is equally true that good trainers produce good aid workers. By passing on their wisdom and experiences through effective training techniques, humanitarian aid workers can extend the impact of their work to future projects and generations. Trainers in the humanitarian sector ensure aid workers are equipped with the skills and knowledge they require to deliver successful humanitarian programmes.

This five-day course combines theory and practice to help you understand the fundamentals of training and facilitation and develop competencies to aid you in becoming a more effective trainer.

You will learn from experience, observation, and feedback in highly participatory activities. The skills you learn during the course will immediately be put into practice and developed as you plan and deliver your own short training sessions.

Introduction to RedR Training

What does the course cover?

  • Adult learning and the training cycle
  • Learning needs analysis
  • Writing training objectives
  • Identifying key learning points
  • Humanitarian context for trainers
  • Training and facilitation techniques
  • Providing feedback and coaching

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • State the principles of adult learning and apply them to designing and running a training course
  • List the stages of the training cycle and the key activities that need to happen at each stage
  • Adopt a learner-centred approach when designing and delivering training
  • Write aims and objectives for training sessions and courses
  • Demonstrate a range of training skills and techniques
  • Describe the role of a facilitator and ways to work creatively and constructively with groups
  • Select appropriate activities, materials and resources for training people in humanitarian work
  • Devise tools and techniques for assessing training needs and for evaluating training 

Who should attend?

This course presumes no previous humanitarian knowledge or experience, but the focus of the curriculum is training within a humanitarian scenario. Training of Trainers for the Humanitarian Sector is aimed at humanitarian and development personnel and consultants who are involved in planning or delivering training.

Participants will likely fall into one of three groups: people who have never trained before but foresee that they will in the future; those who have previously done some training but are seeking to enhance their lessons through more structure and a better understanding of training methodologies to enhance their lessons; experienced trainers who are looking for a refresher cours or add the latest teaching methodologies and practices to their toolbox.

Course structure:

Registration will take place from 9.00 am on the first day. Training each day will run from 9.00 am and conclude at 5.30 pm, except for the last day, which ends at 4.30 pm.

Each day is broken up into four sessions, separated by a lunch break and tea/coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon. From the second day, each training day begins with a review of the topics covered the previous day to ensure that the concepts, tools, and frameworks are fully understood. Each day ends with a period of reflection, evaluation, and questions.

Participants will be actively encouraged to take part in classroom discussions, group work and a case study. The trainers will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable to the realities of training.

Day 1

After you have registered on the morning of the first day, the course begins with an introduction to the course. The course will begin with a discussion of how adults learn and an immediate application with individual training practice sessions.  The course will cover the training cycle in the last session of the day.

Day 2

The first morning session will focus on identifying learning needs and then will move on to training objectives and key learning points.  Training in the humanitarian context will be discussed prior to lunch.  In the afternoon, you will learn about training techniques and designing training.

Day 3

On the morning of the third day, you will prepare and give presentations on training design. You will also have a chance to develop your skills in providing feedback. After lunch, the course will take time for a group energiser to stimulate learning before concluding the presentations. You will then share your experiences and what you have learned in small groups, following which will be time to prepare for practice sessions the following day.

Day 4

Day four begins with teaching you how to make learning easy. The remainder of the day will be spent on training practice and feedback, with time for a group energiser in the middle. The day will conclude with participants sharing their experiences and what they have learned in small groups.

Day 5

On the last day, the course will discuss evaluating training in the first morning session.  Participants will learn about managing groups in the period preceding lunch. The afternoon session will consist of a lesson on action planning, review, and evaluation before the course concludes at 4 pm.


The course will usually be taught by one of the following facilitators.

Stephen Blakemore

Jane Davies

Tony Dines

Justine Tordoff

Lizzy Openshaw


The fees are inclusive of all training resources, lunch, and refreshments.  For further information on pricing bands please use the link to the right.


Early Bird Fee

Standard Fee

Band A 

  • Those working for southern national & local NGOs
  • Full-time students



Band B 

  • Individuals funding themselves
  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1million/$1.5million



Band C 

  • Those working for charitable organisations with an annual income greater than £1million/$1.5million



Band D 

  • Those working for commercial, governmental and intergovernmental organisations



Early bird fee: Book and pay up to a month in advance to receive a 10% discount through our early bird scheme. 

For more information please contact our training team. Please click here to read our full terms and conditions.

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