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Accreditation of RTI-TN Train the Trainer Programme



Following RTITN Board meeting held on the 17th and 18th November in the Netherlands, the following proposal was drafted with a view to making an application for grant assistance.  This project idea has arisen as a result of work which has been ongoing since 2003 to develop training materials appropriate for the rural farming/tourism sector.  It is a logical next step to have this material accredited and continue to deliver ‘train the trainer’ programmes.


We wish to attract further interest from RTITN members to become involved in this project and/or feed in to new projects which are yet to be developed.


In addition to this draft proposal a more detailed proposal is currently being developed in advance of a partners meeting planned for early February in Romania.  We would welcome your comments or interest in becoming a partner with this project by commenting on this blog.


Draft Project Proposal for discussion with potential partners:


A number of partners throughout Europe have expressed an interest in working with RTITN to progress this project proposal.  The planned meeting in February would be used to agree upon an action plan for the delivery of a proposal to organise ‘train the trainer’ programmes and to have the same programme accredited in a number of EU countries.  We are examining the possibility of either submitting an application to Leonardo (2009) under the ‘Transfer of Innovation’ and/or ‘Partnership’ funding programme.  We would use this partners meeting to become familiar with the accreditation systems in each partner country and formulate an action plan. 



i.                    A number of RTITN members will instigate a process of accreditation in each of there countries to have the RTITN – ‘Train the Trainer’ programme officially accredited by their nationally recognised system.

ii.                 The principles of RTITN experience in developing training material for farmers/rural entrepreneurs and delivering the ‘Train the Trainers’ programme[1] will set the minimal standards[2] for this accreditation process

iii.               As part of the project we would envisage that the RTITN – ‘Train the Trainer’ programme would be delivered in each of the partner countries

iv.                We will develop linkages and work with European bodies charged with cooperation in respect of accreditation across Europe

v.                  The project will focus on the following outputs;

a.      an accredited rural tourism train the trainer programme

b.     shared learning in respect of accreditation among partners 

c.      accreditation process been developed, whilst working in tandem with EU bodies responsible for a common approach on training accreditation

d.      it is imperative that all those trained will be available to deliver training programmes to rural communities and farmers throughout their own country and indeed Europe

e.      we will agree minimal standards for a quality trainer in this sector

f.      increase the number of RTITN trained trainers across EU and internationally


vi.                The lead partner for this project is anticipated to be RTITN (Netherlands based) or Cavan Monaghan Rural Development and todate we have partners confirmed from Romania, Germany and Ireland.  Other interested groups are welcome to become involved, although it will be a requirement that all project participants are members of RTITN.

vii.             This initial proposal will be developed in more detail following greater communication between the partners.


We are working towards the submission of a Leonardo application deadline of the 20th February and it is important that you communicate with us immediately if interested.  We are also open to other project ideas and funding opportunities, for example to work with partners outside of the EU.


Please respond with your initial comments or questions to John Toland, Chairperson RTITN on this blog.



[1] ‘Train the Trainer’ has been delivered and tested in Austria (2007.) for Western Europe, Hungary (2008.) for Central Europe and Georgia (2008.) for Eastern Europe.

[2] Minimal Standards will have to be agreed between partners in advance of the commencement of the application process for funding and this will form the basis for a ‘memorandum of understanding’ which will have to be agreed between all parties.

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