Trainers are defined as qualified people in organisations who are trained to cascade Vhutshilo through a training and implementation strategy with selected supervisors and facilitators tasked with implementing the programme with youth. A trainer is an expert trainer who provides training to build the capacity of staff at site level and is responsible for the supervision, mentorship, coaching and support to ensure that the quality of the training is implemented as designed. By implication, these trainers need to develop expertise in the organisation to implement Vhutshilo with skill and fidelity.

Important criteria in selecting these expert trainers:
  • Good interpersonal skills, including listening skills.
  • Experience in prevention education.
  • Experience in working with adolescents and youth; having respect for youth and willingness to work with youth.
  • Experience in working in ‘resource poor’ settings.
  • Experience and demonstrated facilitation skills and training experience.
  • Knowledge of participatory training approaches.
  • Good project management skills.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Reliable and trustworthy.
  • Committed and willing to carry out a variety of tasks with the associated time, energy and motivation to do this work.
  • Possessing a non-judgemental attitude.
  • Able to manage sensitive issues and the ability to promote human rights appropriately.
  • Willing to push social boundaries to effect change and improve the lives of youth—especially young women—in South African communities.
  • Ability to work across levels of authority; ability to meet and negotiate and advocate for youth needs in various settings.
  • Qualifications in education, social work or facilitation (SAQA accredited) are an added advantage.

Download HETTAS' full set of criteria for the selection of master trainers

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