Train the Trainer has become such a buzz term, that we often find people asking us questions like “What is Train the Trainer?”, “Is it something I need?”, “Why do I need it?”, and “How can I get a Trainer certification?”

Our Certification And Mastery Program (CAMP) touches on all areas of the Training Cycle, with a particular focus on developing your training delivery skills. It also goes into some depth on how to evaluate your training and its benefit to the trainees.

Training Needs Identification and Design looks at the initial stages of the Training Cycle. It begins with the key skills of identifying where the gaps are (why is training needed?), and outlining training objectives. Next, participants will acquire knowledge and techniques for how to design engaging training programs.


The first phase of “CaMP 2022” (Batch 02), the Certification and Mastery Program for Trainers and Facilitators in collaboration with the National Institute for Training and Educational Research, Life Foundation, Youth Resource Centre Ernakulam (Under the Aegis of UN Volunteers India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, UNDP) was held on December 16, 17 and 18, 2022 at Govt. Youth Hostel Kochi. Smt. Usha Bindumol K (Deputy Collector, District Disaster Management Authority) inaugurated the training program.

The inaugural function was presided over by Mr. Sujith Edwin Pereira (Director, NaITER) and the welcome speech was delivered by Mr. Vishnu Prasad M V (Secretary, NaITER). Mr. Aswin Kumar (National Volunteer Specialist, UN Volunteers) was also present on the occasion. Mr. Nisamudheen delivered the vote of thanks.


The training program started with a session by Sri Biju Mavelikkara. He covered topics like the “Ice Breaking and Gamification”. The session was fruitful as his experience and expertise played a vital role.


The second and third sessions were led by Mr. Sujith Edwin Pereira. The second session was on “Introduction to SSLSTC and MTC” and the third session was on “What is all about Training?”.


The task of self-analysis and self-introduction was a very different experience. This session was an opportunity to find and present themselves with answers to a lot of questions, such as where each trainer stands, why they joined this program, what they want to gain from this program, and what is their goal. Mr. Aswin Kumar (National Volunteer Specialist, UN Volunteers) concluded the session with suggestions and expectations.


The first day of the program ended with the evaluation of the participants. The experience of the first day raised high expectations for the coming days.

DAY 02


The fourth session was led by Mr. Vishnu Prasad M V on “Visualization and Meditation” with practical experience.


The fifth session was handled by Mr. Nisamudheen on “Module Preparation”. The participants got a clear idea of how to draft a Module for Training Sessions. Participants also got an opportunity to draft a module (TASK 02) and analyze it (TASK 03).


The sixth session was led by Mr. Toney Thomas (Ex-UN Volunteer & Master Trainer) on “What Is Training All About?” which includes sub-topics like Training Global Perspective, Types of Training, Ethics and Values for a Trainer, Training and Developing, and Objectives of Training.


Chat with the Mrs. Beena Mol (Director, Life Foundation) was inspiring one, especially for women participants. Her speech including her life journey and support from family was an inspiring and motivational one.


Session 7 was handled by Mr. Vishnu Prasad M V. He covered the “participants engagement techniques” which was quite interesting and engaging one.


Session eight was all about participants. Mr. Nisamudheen led the session and it covered topics like “Different types of participants, Participants connect, Participants need analysis” etc.


Session on Soft Skills for 2030 by Mr. Vasanth Krishnan was thought provoking and brainstorming one. He used different activities and games to bring a thought on how soft skills gonna change by the year 2030.


The second day of the program ended with the presentation of the participants. The presentation was closely watched and evaluated by the mentors. The presentation was an opportunity to think, evaluate, and correct themselves. It was an opportunity for each trainer to think for themselves and evaluate where they stand today.

DAY 03


The fifth session was led by Mr. Sujith Edwin Pereira on Presentation Mastery through Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. This session has given a clear idea of how to use ethos, pathos, and logos in training sessions. The session was interactive with group activities and discussion.


The third day was full of brainstorming activities and group discussions. The first task was about 21st-century skills and soft skills for 2030. Participants were divided into 5 groups – one master group and 4 participants group. The discussion that took place at 3 levels after that was very interesting and aroused different thoughts. Each group presented their experiences during the discussion.


A trainer not only has to take a session and go back. Sometimes we have to organize a camp that lasts for two, three or four days. On such occasions, it is a great task to prepare the entire schedule. The next task was to schedule a 2-day camp. This activity helped the participant to raise their thoughts to the next level.


It is imperative to change the training methods with the times. Trainers should be aware of the words and interesting phrases that are popular among people (especially the youth) as the times change. The next task was to find out the words in circulation by dividing them into four groups. Very interestingly, when the teams completed the operation, they were able to find a mountain of words. Using this jargon the participants were able to prepare an urban dictionary.


It is very important to have a futuristic vision and goal for the career. The last task of the program was to write about “Whom you want to be in 2030?”. This activity helped everyone to have a thought about the future and set a milestone.


The valedictory function started with the feedback of the participants. Mr. Sunil Ibrahim (Film director, Script Writer and Producer) inaugurated the valedictory function. Smt. Uma Thomas, MLA Thrikkakara attended the function as the chief guest. Course certificates, presentation certificates, and participation certificates of the first phase were distributed to the participants of the camp. A vote of Thanks was presented by Mr. Nisamudheen at the concluding session of the program. The camp was officially disbanded after the group photo by Mr. Sujith Edwin Pereira.

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