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Transformation of Training

Building a sector-wide pool of expert trainers

The Transformation of Training (ToT) ensures that when the sector is faced with multiple-level humanitarian crises, high quality learning programmes can continue to take place.

The implementation of the ToT framework is a sector wide collaboration where dedicated staff from Save the Children UK, World Vision International and Plan International worked together in the first year of the project to design, implement and manage the delivery of the ToT.  

The ToT approach is one where all humanitarian agencies are invited to be part of the ToT collaboration and where resources are shared between agencies.

Building capacity at national level, by training staff and cascading learning, is the most effective way of sustaining support for those affected. We focus on the skills of humanitarian trainers and their potential to spread expertise across the sector.

We aim to create and keep expanding a pool of high-quality expert trainers. This way, best practice is cascaded widely with no compromise on quality. With our partners World Vision International, we enable local teams to create and deliver programmes right for their region. We drive high standards by sharing with country offices best practice. This means that local trainers can cascade their skills and knowledge to others, multiplying their impact.

Critically, trainers can adapt their learning to the context in which they’re working. For example, they can deliver short, bespoke ‘unpackaged’ modularised versions for country offices at scale. This flexible, tailored approach signifies a step change in training. And it maximises impact for those affected by disaster.


Through a mapped-out career pathway, Trainers develop skills and competencies that will enable them to deliver high-quality training and learning programmes.

A three-tiered professionalised approach to developing the career pathway of trainers ensures we have a robust framework in place, where trainers are assessed using a competency framework and their skills development is supported through observations, mentoring and feedback. By tracking and monitoring at all three levels we ensure we develop high- quality trainers.

The three pathways, Foundation, Professional and Advanced. These can be taken in isolation or as part of an existing programme e.g. Education in Emergencies. Each level provides the option to gain a certification that is recognised throughout the sector.

  •  Foundation: This level is about helping trainers develop their skills. We ask participants to do some preparation activities so they can get most from the course, which takes the form of three-day face to face training or a virtually delivered sessions. Delegates get to co-facilitate their own training programme which is observed and fed back on supportively. Digital learning is an important element. Participants tell us that by being coached and mentored, it helps them perform to the best of their ability. This can be very empowering. 
  • Professional: This level supports lead trainers by modelling best practice techniques, enabling participants to improve their skills in designing and delivering training. Lead trainers can support less experienced trainers through coaching and mentoring. Delegates learn initially through online modules. This is followed by a two-day assessment or a virtual assessment process where they will be observed, assessed, mentored and coached. Finally, a group coaching session enables them to reflect on how they have grown, which can be a huge confidence boost. 
  • Advanced: This level is about supporting master trainers looking to add a new dimension to their training careers. They will be approved to run the Transformation of Training programmes. They will also take on a coaching role, supporting less experienced trainers. This way best practice is passed on and the expertise grows.

Our Transformation of Training programmes have been delivered in 18 countries: from Bangladesh to Turkey; from Uganda to Jordan; from Somalia to Nepal, and many more.

We welcome participants from a range of organisations. We work across the sector, in partnership with NGOs and INGOs, building humanitarian capacity wherever needed to support those affected.


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