Best Association Training Initiative

Erasmus Student Network – Eduk8 – Promoting social inclusion through training and international students
Eduk8 is ESN’s international training project, which aims to empower ESN members to allow them to perform better in their ESN daily tasks. Also Eduk8 aims to create a pool of Trainers empowered with the tools and knowledge needed to educate and develop fellow members in the network. Every day ESN’ers all over Europe, work hard to support and develop our colourful network and while doing so they gain new skills and competences. These skills and competences can be hard to identify and put words to and that is where Eduk8 can make a difference. Eduk8 facilitates activities where underlying soft-skills can be identified and where participants can share know-how and learn from one-another in a structured, conscious and fun way!

European Association of Communications Agencies – The EACA International Advertising Summer School
The EACA International Advertising Summer School is an annual training initiative aimed at students and young professionals in the advertising industry. During one week, participants are guided through the world of advertising and commercial communications by industry professionals whilst developing a campaign for a real client in international and multidisciplinary teams. At the end of the week, students pitch their campaign to an external jury who also provides them with valuable feedback and a certificate to recognise their participation.

The summer school was founded in 2010 and has hosted over 500 participants from across 20 European countries and beyond. Originally, the summer school was only open to Bachelor and Master students, designed to inspire them to make a significant step forward in their understanding of the commercial communications sector. As the demand grew for young professionals to receive similar training on the principles of commercial communications, the school opened an Advanced course for professionals with less than two years of experience in the industry.

The Association Leadership Academy – Association specific education and training
The Association Leadership Academy aims to be the pre-eminent institution in Brussels for education in European and International Associations

We strive to capture the entire spectrum of association related knowledge and know how. Our approach is inclusive, since we firmly believe in sharing all knowledge. This is demonstrated by our cooperation with the European Centre for Public Affairs (May 2017), the Federation of international Associations in Belgium (April 2017), and the European Association of Communication Directors (October 2017).

Because we believe that more diversity leads to a more satisfying and durable learning experience. We develop our own original research material through surveys and interviews. The research devised and undertaken under the auspices of Ellwood Atfield provides content bases for further training development. This year, we developed the widely read European Association Remuneration Report. We constantly inquire of our audience, test and update established practice, identify and highlight innovative initiatives with a drive to engage and enthuse.

We share it all with you. The website , is of great value, with the summary report of each session and the related presentation.   Many association professionals who cannot attend our sessions access these presentations and reports for professional use and reference.

The Law Society of Ireland – Street Law
The Street Law project at the Law Society of Ireland is a voluntary public legal education initiative which aims to have law students and legal professionals teach relevant law-related content in local school, correctional, and community settings.

For the community participants, Street Law develops their legal literacy skills and can assist in empowering members of the public, community group, and marginalised minorities to understand their rights and responsibilities in a world full of increasingly complex legal systems. Furthermore, in the case of secondary school participants, it aims to raise awareness of the law and society, their rights, social justice issues, and to develop pathways for the underrepresented to third level education and onwards to careers in law.

In addition to the legal literacy element, the programme is also about instilling an ethic of public service and civic professionalism in the participating trainee solicitors, demonstrating to them the positive contribution that they can make to the community with their legal training.