2012 Activity Plan/Train the Trainers

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Comment For the current activity plan please see 2013 Activity Plan/Train the Trainers

We will, with professional help, set up a programme to train Wikimedia volunteers in how to train others. This programme will support professionalism and continual development.

Trainers develop skills and confidence both with contributing to the Wikimedia projects and teaching others to contribute. In turn, they will be better placed to support Wikimedia UK's outreach efforts. Our training programmes include expert outreach workshops with a variety of learned societies, funding bodies and educational charities. They also include events to diversify our community by reaching out to small, informal groups. While the core of our training depends on volunteer work, this activity needs a budget for travel, for hosting events, for the creation of teaching resources and appropriate professional assistance.



  • £5,000+VAT for one training session. This fee will cover course preparation, the provision of Midas handouts and the use of Midas training equipment such as video camera, laptop and data projector.
  • £150 per person for a post training telephone feedback (requirement in order to be accredited). This is £1500-£1800 per training session.
  • c. £50 - stationery for 12 volunteers over one Training weekend
  • c. £400 - lunch&dinner for 12 volunteers over one Training weekend
  • c. £600 - hotels for volunteers over one Training weekend
  • c. £200 - train fare expenses for volunteers over one Training weekend
  • c. £400 - expenses for Midas trainers, especially for events outside of London (train fare & hotel x2)

We have spent an estimated of £10,000 per session (June 2012 and October 2012). The additional training session is taking place on 23-24 February 2013, and is projected to cost slightly more (c. £600) due to it not being in London.

Budget responsibility

Budget responsibility: by Martin Poulter with assistance from Fae

Timetable for activities

After reviewing the possible professional training companies, Midas Training Solutions was chosen. The first two 2-day training sessions took place in London during 2012. After the first session we will have a review of the scheme to check that we are happy with the training company. (We are in a continuing discussion with Midas regarding their services. A more thorough review may happen after the third session in February 2013). Online resources page will also be developed.

Success Criteria
  • Core training materials agreed, tested and modified as needed.
  • Trainers recruited from community.
  • Feedback systems indicate satisfaction from those being trained.
  • Increase in number of new editors especially from target groups such as women.
  • 2Training events held within one year.
  • Training events represent geographical and human diversity of UK.
  • Training provided to professional organisations.
  • Programme delivered throughout the UK.
  • The programme succeeds in reaching specified numbers of people in target categories.
  • The participants continue their volunteering with Wikimedia UK and are still active n months after the events.
  • That participants receive structured and informal follow-up support.
  • That membership of Wikimedia UK grows reflecting our target groups and areas.
  • Funding for training fails to produce professional and consistent programme.
  • That few are attracted to the training.
  • That the expected quality is not maintained.