Work Package 3: Training program
(ČIŽP coordinator: Ms. Renata Svobodova)
This work package includes a number of activities and benchmarks. Several background documents supporting the content of this work package are available on this website.
The work package includes a training needs assessment, development of a training curriculum, a training program for a selected group of trainers (train-the-trainer program), a technical training program and an evaluation of all training activities.
Furthermore a training and methodic centre will be established.
3a. Training needs assessment
For the preparation of the trainings to be delivered and as input for the discussions on the establishment of a training centre, a training needs assessment (TNA) will be carried out. On the basis of the TNA specific training targets will be set. Information for the TNA will be gathered through interviews and discussions of the Twinning advisor in all ČIŽP regions. Results of the twinning 1998 and the TNA of the Phare 2002 project will be used as well. The results of the assessment will be used for the development of the training curriculum and the agenda of the study visit to the Netherlands. The training workshops for the trainers to be and those on strategic planning will not be connected to the TNA.
3b. Common Training and Methodic Centre
During a series of workshops the idea on establishing a common training and methodic centre, either under the ČIŽP or under another organisation, serving as a focal point for training activities, will be discussed. The outcome will be a business plan and a (political) decision on whether or not to set up the centre. The centre will be able to develop and co-ordinate environmental training programs at all levels of state administration. It will at least develop and organise training programs for inspectors. The centre may also function as a network office for (environmental) inspection and enforcement institutions. It should be used as dissemination point for information from different sources, amongst others InfoMil, AIP, IMPEL and INECE. The training programs at or co-ordinated by this centre should include both expertise and skills. The centre should have to have its own financial resources.
The foreseen workshops discussing the establishment of the centre will include staff of the ČIŽP and partner organisations mainly at the management level and look as follows:
- Defining the goals of the centre
- Making a proposal for activities to be executed or co-ordinated by the centre: a.o. programs, reflecting on training needs assessment
- Defining the role of the centre in local, regional, national and international networks
- Defining the methodic basis for the centre
- Who will participate in the training centre, who will deliver (future) trainers, where will the training programmes be executed
- Compiling draft ‘business plan’ for the centre: frequencies of use by the different enforcement partners, funding, staffing, responsibilities, board;
- Getting the approval procedure of the business plan started;
- Preparation for a Ministerial decision making the centre possible.
- Establishment of the centre
3c. Training curriculum preparation
With the results of the training needs assessment and the results of previous projects, a training curriculum will be prepared focusing on acquiring practical experience. The EU inspection requirements and the different support options provided by international networks (a.o. IMPEL) will be used in defining the training program.
The training methods that will be used will include plenary lectures on practical issues, practical workshops with real-life examples, working group assignments in small groups, feedback to all delegates and a closing seminar. The training curriculum will contain two specific training programmes:
- a train-the-trainer programme (development, organisation, co-ordination, training skills)
- an enforcement techniques programme (integrated enforcement approach implemented on Seveso-II, IPPC, Water Framework directive, GMO)
In two workshops this proposed training curriculum will be defined, developed and agreed.
Czech staff from the organisations having a role in environmental inspection and enforcement (MoE, ČIŽP, Regional and Local Authorities, Agency for Integrated Prevention and other enforcement institutions) will be invited to receive training and attend workshops.
3d. Execution of the training programmes
The training programs will be implemented between September 2004 and April 2005.
The training locations for multi-day programmes are planned to be executed outside Prague to allow for evening activities and more efficient travelling schemes.
Implementation of a train-the trainer programme
Four training seminars for a group of selected trainers were developed. These seminars contain presentation and training skills, communication and group dynamics exercises, program development exercises and skills development for co-ordination of training programs. The trainees are also instructed how to find information from expert resources, like scientific institutions, EU and IMPEL sources, Seville databases and Czech information sources like the Agency for Integrated Prevention.
Selection of the trainers was based on their:
- professional qualities
- ability to speak English, since they make use of English expert resources absolute
- availability to attend all training activities
- availability to participate in the Trainers Pool to organise and execute training program for the Training and Methodic Centre beyond the duration of the project
In total 4 multi day training seminars are held. In the first two seminars the participants are trained in the trainer skills within a group of about 12 future trainers. Furthermore they will prepare training materials and presentations and practice these presentations with each other. In two one day workshops the future trainers will be involved in drafting the cirriculum of the training program on enforcement techniques (see below). The training seminars 3 and 4 are part of this programme.The future trainers will participate in the enforcement techniques programme both as trainer and observer of the colleagues-trainers. A feedback session on the quality of the trainer is part of the trainer's training.The days of seminars and workshops are:
- 21, 22, 23 and 24 September 2004 - What is training?
- 26 October 2004 - Training curriculum preparation I
- 10, 11 and 12 November 2004 - Practice of planning, organising and delivering training
- 18 and 19 November 2004 - Training curriculum preparation II
- 25, 26, 27 and 28 January 2005 (during Inspectors’ training, for further information about the training please see below )
- 8, 9 and 10 March 2005 (during Inspectors’ training, for further information about the training please see below)
- 21, 22, 23, 24 March 2005 (workshops on different topics during Inspectors' training, for further information about the training please see below)
Evaluation of the seminars held in September and Novemeber 2004.
The full training team will develop a Training Handbook, under guidance of the Twinning advisor. The Handbook will at least be available for use by the Training and Methodic Centre. It will be used as reference book for organising and executing training programs, using and developing training methods, and compiling and updating training programs. The Training and Methodic centre may be responsible for its future maintenance and development.
Implementation of Enforcement Techniques program
INSPECTOR' S TRAINING
A training program on inspection and enforcement techniques is currently being executed (see the above mentioned dates for Inspector's training). The training program consists of two parts:
first two weeks (concerning IPPC, integrated inspection and enforcement approaches and negotiating and communication techniques). The participants of this part of the Enforcement Techniques training, who have fulfiled stated conditions, receive a certificate.
The first two modules of the training program are held in the hotel Astra Srby close Kladno in the Middle Bohemia during both training weeks. The same participants mainly from the Czech Environmental Inspectorate then IPPC Agency, Regional and Municipal Authorities and Police CR were invited for both parts of the training as their program is linked to each other.
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1st Module: 24 - 28 January 2005
2nd Module: 8 - 10 March 2005
3rd Module: 21 - 24 March 2005
In all three training weeks trainers from the Netherlands have been executing the training program together with the Czech trainers from the Train-the-Trainers program.
The Enforcement Techniques program is foreseen to address some of the following questions:
- How should integrated inspection be planned and organised?
- What is integrated inspection?
- What is integrated BAT inspection?
- How do you organise an integrated inspection?
- Who is necessary to be involved?
- Which attitude do integrated inspectors need?
- With which institutions is cooperation required to fulfil which directives?
- What can an inspector learn from a permit maker?
- How should an inspector interact with a permit maker?
- How does integrated inspection influence the relation with the companies?
- What is a Seveso audit?
- What is an audit on Genetically Modified Organisms?
The Enforcement Techniques program includes the practical part of the train-the-trainer program. Half of the trained trainers executes the Enforcement Techniques program, the other half observes their colleagues. During a feedback session 6 trained trainers comment and assess their colleague trainer- performances. In he second week of the Enforcement Techniques program the Czech trainers will switch positions.3e. Evaluation of the training programme and Official Closure
A report will be written on the effects of the training programme, the availability of training materials and the results of the conference. The conference will lead to proposals to continue the work on effective training.
The evaluation will be closed with an Official Project Closure. The Official Closure will consist of a half day workshop with the main results of the project, the presentation of the results and a press conference and a press release. Delegates from the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and the European Commission will be invited to attend the official closure.
Activities in work package 3
Training needs assessment
- Review of the results of the Phare twinning project 1998 on ‘Strengthening the institutional and regulatory capacity in the environmental sector in the Czech Republic”
- Review the TNA of the Phare 2002 project on ‘Reinforcement of IPPC’
- Interviews and discussions in selected enforcement regions
- Processing all information and writing a TNA report
Common training and methodological centre
- Defining the goals of a training centre
- Prepare actions to make it politically and financially stable: contact relevant sponsors, find a legal position for the centre, find political commitment
- Define a methodological basis for the centre and link this with the strategic plan
- Compile a draft business plan for the centre
- Define the role of the centre in local, regional, national and international networks
- Establish the centre
Training curriculum preparation
- Define the training programs, the curriculum and the required results
- Define the required qualities of the delegates to the programs
- Decide on the list of delegates to the training program
- Develop training materials
Execution of the training program
- Execute the train-the-trainers program
- Execute the enforcement techniques program
- Execute the mobile laboratories program
Evaluation training program and official closure
- A workshop on evaluation of the training programs
- An official closure of the project with presentations on the project results
- A project results press conference