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ShareIT – Trainers in Literacy and Basic Skills Informal Knowledge Transfer


In the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland and other European countries academically backed up qualifications, trainings and modules for trainers in literacy and basic skills provision (reading, writing, numeracy, and use of ICT) have been developed and tested over the past years. Surveys amongst qualified trainers and evaluations show that there is additional need and demand for the development of structures facilitating the implementation of methods for informal professionalization of basic skills trainers. Experiences gained by education providers show that methods of informal professionalization such as mutual counselling and peer learning, giving feedback, job-shadowing, and collaboration of pedagogical personnel and trainers prove to be highly efficient if applied. The lack of specific process know-how and tools, as well as a lack of adequate resources often prevent basic skills providers from implementing such methods or tools.

Although digital literacy is obviously developing to be THE basic skill in the years to come and Social Media and Web 2.0 tools are readily available to facilitate cost- and time-effective professional exchange, trainers do not use or are not trained to use these tools.

ShareIT`s goal is to meet these demands by collecting, testing, evaluating, and transferring effective on-the-job methods for informal and co-operative professionalization. We will support networking and informal exchange of professionals with appropriate measures – a training, an online Platform, tools for and a handbook on efficient professional exchange – and systematically link up basic skills trainers on a transnational level.


Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB), Zürich, CH
Stiftung Berufliche Bildung, Hamburg, DE
inspire – Verein für Bildung und Management, Graz, AT (co-ord. Partner)

Contact: inspire

ShareIT – Conference

The European ShareIT conference that took place on November the 16th 2015 at the Wissensturm in Linz was held as an exchange platform for practitioners and experts in the field of adult education and basic education. 

The conference aims were

> to discuss the benefit of workplace oriented methods of further educationden of trainers in the field of adult education in general and of trainers in the field of literacy and basic education in particular,
> to present the project results of ShareIT,
> and to generally point out the relevance of exchange and further education on an European level

Target groups

Trainers / Instructors/ Managers for the development and implementation of offers on basic education/ Project managers and quality managers / decision makers.

> Conference website

ShareIT Methodenhandbuch / Download


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Dieses Projekt wird unterstützt durch das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Frauen (BMBF) sowie durch die Europäische Kommission.
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