Train the Provider

Train the provider

Train the Provider is a multi-lateral project funded by the European Commission. It runs from 1 September 2017 until 31 August 2019 and brings together partners from Norway, Greece, Romania and Germany to address structural and operational differences in regards to staff training within the adult education sector. In an issue-based approach partners identify specific problems and topics from each organisation’s individual context and compare strategies, collectively work on solutions for common problems and extrapolate good practice examples. The goal is to gain new perspectives and to find hands-on solutions for problems commonly facing providers of adult education training through exchange across national borders. Ultimately, the project aims to establish the basis for a European canon of benchmarks that will allow for comparison beyond the original consortium. These benchmarks will help local agents working in staff training for the adult education sector develop more efficient and sustainable planning strategies.
In order to widen the scope of usability, partners will invite regular input and feedback from external experts as well as consult target groups which might profit from the results of the project.
An overarching goal is the intensification of exchange between umbrella organisations in the adult education sector across the EU.

Partners will conduct most of the work at four transnational meetings. The kick-off meeting took place in Hanover on 2/3 November 2017 and partners identified a number of issues which will be central to the continuing process of discussion and structural analysis. At the second meeting in Oslo on 5/6 March 2018 partners adopted a paper listing major challenges for staff training in adult education (available for download below) which will be the basis of further discussion. During the Athens meeting in October 2018 partners began compiling a list of successful and/or centrally important formats, topics and target groups in staff training. The findings will eventually be published as a document detailing good practice and will serve as inspiration for other providers who can profit from the vast experience of the partnership as well as further experts in the field who were consulted along the way.

Further meetings will be held in Pitesti (March 2019) and Hanover.


Train the Provider brings together partners from four European countries and different institutional frameworks for adult education.

Universitea din Pitesti, Romania

Folkeuniversitetet Øst, Norway

Hellenic Adult Education Association (HAEΑ), Greece

Glencross, Dr. Janou

0511 300330-333

Unternehmenskommunikation, Qualität und Entwicklung

Heesen, Dr. Eva C.

0511 300330-362

Qualität und Entwicklung