The Train the Trainer model evolved from theories of adult learning theory and diffusion of innovation. The type of training offered by the model varies depending on the training needs of the business or organization.
The Train the Trainer model reflects the theory that people who train others recall 90 percent of what they teach and that people learn new information through trusted social networks. Managers can apply this model to different types of programs, in which they provide a core group of people with the skills and training to teach about a specific program or topic. Train the Trainer models help gather or provide health or social related information for community and nonprofit settings, but are also appropriate for profit-based organizations.
The Train the Trainer model helps create a team of community-based trainers who are capable of delivering a specific community program. These trainers are then equipped to train other community members. The program may be up to three days in length and includes a training curriculum, a program guide for trainers and extensive references, resources and appendices related to the training program.
Benefits of the Train the Trainer approach for trainers include enhanced skills and knowledge, mastery of curriculum material and knowledge transfer to community members; community benefits include increased asset building, community knowledge and the opportunity to engage in curriculum-based practical hands-on activities.