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About POTC

The Peace Operations Training Centre (POTC) in Slovenia delivers training activities for military, police, and civilian personnel of the ministries and other civilian experts who can be deployed to peacekeeping operations and missions within the UN, EU, NATO, and OSCE. As contemporary security challenges are becoming ever more complex, integration of different methodologies and a multidimensional approach are needed to equip future mission members with the necessary skills and expertise. POTC, as an interdepartmental training centre, provides such comprehensive trainings.

Organization and implementation of trainings for participation in peacekeeping operations and missions would not be possible without the support and cooperation of the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence.

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What we do?

We offer specialised trainings for civilian personnel, police personnel and military personnel.

  • Pre-Deployment Trainings

Future mission members need to learn the specifics of the mission they will be deployed to, its mandate, OPLAN, special rules of operations of international civilian missions, and share experiences with experienced mission members. That is why we are preparing tailor-made country- and mission-specific pre-deployment training programs for future mission personnel.

  • Hostile Environment Awareness Trainings (HEAT)

Being able to effectively deal with risk-associated and emergency/critical situations while deployed in hostile environments abroad is crucial for the well-being of a mission member and for the overall success of the mission as well. That is why we deliver intensive four-day courses for future mission members to deal effectively with risk-associated and emergency/critical situations while deployed in hostile environments abroad. The course is designed for individuals with little or no experience of working in conflict areas.

  • Cultural Heritage Protection

Cultural heritage is a common good passed from previous generations, and threats to cultural heritage can be an indicator of underlying tensions. Trafficking presents a considerable source of financing for international crime and terrorism, so we are paying more attention to protecting heritage in the security sector as well.

  • Gender Equality

Protection from discrimination on the basis of sex and gender is enshrined in the Slovenian constitution and equality between women and men is at the core of the foundational values of the EU and the UN. We equip training participants with knowledge and skills that help them engage and include women as stakeholders in the peace-building and peacekeeping process.

  • Protection of Civilians

In modern armed conflicts, civilian deaths often overtake those of soldiers and armed fighters. Protection of civilians is a broad topic touching on international law, human rights, conflict-related sex- and gender-based violence, minority rights, methodologies for protection of civilians from physical violence, etc. If necessary, this can also be performed by the use of force. We equip participants with a basic understanding of the core topics and approaches.

  • Training of Trainers (ToT)

Dissemination of knowledge and teaching are skills which a lot of security experts still lack. Training of Trainers aims to develop the didactic, pedagogical, and technical skills of participants who will assume trainer roles in international missions and operations, in order to achieve the maximum effect when transferring knowledge and skills. It is tailored to specific peace and security contexts.

WORK PROGRAMME 2023

In 2023 we are covering the following topics:

  • Protection of Civilians Training
  • Disruptive Military Technologies Training
  • International Humanitarian Law – Module II
  • African Security and Defence Architecture Seminar
  • Engagement with the Local Community – Pilot Training
  • Stabilization and Reconstruction II
  • Training on Trafficking of Human Beings – International Operations and Missions Context – Train the Trainer (ToT)
  • Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming in Peace Operations
  • HEAT Slovenia – Hostile Environment Awareness Training
  • Climate Change, Peace and Security – Pilot Training

Work Programme 2022

Coming Up:

 Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming in Peace Operations Training

21st – 23rd March, 2023

Latest News

Call for applications: Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming in Peace Operations and Missions Course

Peace Operations Training Centre (POTC) is organizing a training on Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming in Peace Operations, which will take place in person at Jable Castle, Slovenia from 21 March to 23 March 2023.

Work Programme 2023 is officially here

POTC's Work Programme for 2023 has arrived and it is filled with trainings, courses and seminars that will enhance peace operations capacities in our region. Klikni tukaj za branje prispevka v slovenskem jeziku. All in all, we aim to deliver 11 diverse activities....

Peace Operations Training Centre Joins LinkedIn!

The POTC Team is happy to announce that we now have an official LinkedIn company page. Klikni tukaj za branje prispevka v slovenskem jeziku. Creating a LinkedIn page for Peace Operations Training Centre is a logical next step when it comes to our online presence....

POTC Program Council concludes its 4th session with an ambitious lineup of 2023 activites

On December 5th POTC's Program Council successfully concluded its 4th session with an agreement on an ambitious lineup of upcoming courses and trainings. Klikni tukaj za branje prispevka v slovenskem jeziku. The session included an overview of this year's activities,...

Insight on military practice developments and international humanitarian law successfully presented at POTC training

Klikni tukaj za branje prispevka v slovenskem jeziku. The past week, 21 participants attended the International Humanitarian Law & Military Practice Developments Training for Military Personnel where we delved into what is currently going in the international...

Announcement: International Humanitarian Law & Military Practice Developments Training for Military Personnel

On Monday, the 7th of November, 25 trainees will join us at Jable Castle for the two-day International Humanitarian Law & Military Practice Developments Training for Military Personnel. Photo by unsplash.com/@nasa Klikni tukaj za branje prispevka v slovenskem...

POTC successfully carries out Stabilisation and Reconstruction Course for civilian experts in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence

This past Friday (October 21st) the Peace Operations Training Centre (POTC), in collaboration with the Slovenian Ministry of Defence, successfully organised a refresher course for civil experts on the topic of Stabilisation and Reconstruction at Grad Jable. Klikni...

Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) 2022: Aftermovie

Centre for European Perspective (CEP) together with the Peace Operations Training Centre (POTC) presents   Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) 2022: Aftermovie.     Take a look at what 18 participants from different police and gendarmerie institutions across...

Announcement – POTC will organise Stabilisation and Reconstruction course for civilian experts on October 21st

Klikni tukaj za branje prispevka v slovenskem jeziku. Peace Operations Training Centre (POTC), in collaboration with the Slovenian Ministry of Defence, will organize a refresher course for civil experts on the topic of Stabilisation and Reconstruction at Grad Jable on...

Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) once again proves to be effective and essential training for anyone deployed on hazardous missions abroad

From the 18th to the 23rd of September 2022, 18 participants from 10 countries participated in the Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) in the Police Training Centre of Gotenica in the lush forests of southern Slovenia. The activities were carried out by the...