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Call for expression of interest for debt advisors to participate in 'train-the-trainers' seminars


The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) invites debt advisors’ applications to participate in a series of ‘Train-the-trainer’ sessions on how to improve the quality of debt-advice services for European households.

This call for expression of interest and the provision of trainings is part of a wider DG JUST project on Provision of actions to extend the availability and improve the quality of debt-advice services for European households.

The target audience of the trainings includes debt advisors (or the ‘trainees’) from countries where debt-advice is sporadically provided or completely lacking and have a reduced number of debt-advisors. The trainees will thus come from Greece, Hungary , Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain and will be trained by experienced debt-advisors (or the ‘trainers’) who will share their expertise and knowledge. The ultimate objective of these trainings is to enable new potential debt-advisors to instruct other experts and contribute to develop the provision of debt-advice across European countries.

The online trainings will take place in two sessions. The first session is expected to take place in April 2021 while the second session will take place in the summer of 2021 (dates to be confirmed). The first training fill focus on the actual training of the successful applicants, while the second training will also focus on the lessons learnt in the first session and will evaluate the effects of the information received by the trainees.

The trainings will be held in English and in the local language, whenever possible. In any case, online interpreters will be available to ensure that all the discussions are accessible by all participants. Considering the ongoing health crisis linked to COVID-19, the trainings will take place online.

The future debt-advisors selected for the trainings should come from the following categories of providers: non-governmental organisations (NGOs) (churches, humanitarian organisations etc.), including both NGOs operating at own account and funded by governments; consumer organisations; social partners; public authorities (local government, regional government, public authorities/bodies); publicly funded organisations but that are not part of the public administration; private  professionals . More information about the application process can be found here.

All applications shall be submitted by 17 March 2021, 12h00 CET.