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Initial education for teachers and trainers working in adult education and training


9.Teachers and education staff

9.7Initial education for teachers and trainers working in adult education and training

Last update: 27 November 2023

Adult instructors are either teachers with experience in young people’s education but who specialised in adult education, or business professionals who feel like passing on their skills. In this case, they have often benefited from an instructor training course to enable them to specialise in adult education. In addition, many psychologists and social psychologists are involved with adults as part of various support, guidance and assessment services. Native speakers are extremely sought after in language courses.

Generally speaking, a lot of organisations rely on consultants and consulting instructors with expertise in training engineering.

All instructors are recruited based on their profile depending on the requirements relating to the implementation of training programmes, including in public organisations.

Thus, Greta instructors are either permanent national Education teachers or business specialists coming from the corporate world. Therefore Greta recruits its instructors based on their CV.

AFPA instructors undergo an initial pedagogical training course of 16 weeks, i.e. 80 days, and further pedagogical training throughout their career. Training is their main function although they also participate in the recruitment and evaluation of trainees, in close conjunction with AFPA psychologists, develop training courses, coordinate pedagogical sessions and implement new pedagogical organisations. They also assume additional pedagogical engineering and environmental relationship functions.

They benefit from a national continuing education offer, organised and provided by the Institut national des métiers de la formation (National institute of training professions), which is an integral part of AFPA’s Engineering Division (DI).