Optimising Training Opportunities for Social Forestry Specialists

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Iván Győző Somlai


The reader is asked to consider this brief article as an aide-memoire to improved candidate selection and results planning related to short-term study tour or training opportunities. From personal experience amply supported by the experience of hundreds of trainees and trainers (and even sundry donors and hosts), there evidently has been—and still is—a frequent disconnect between the upgrading needs of personnel as differently perceived by the personnel themselves, their supervisors and managers, as well as the agency which has committed to funding and/or delivering some training. This article offers a reflection on a mechanism of systematic training preparation, with suggested complimentary measures taken during the training period and their post training follow ups in order to optimise the benefits of the training for both the trainees and the institutions.

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