Training Team 2023 Year In Review

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Hello fellow Training Team Members! I want to start this post with a round of applause! This year we have accomplished so many things together that it brings me so much joy to be looking back on it all! In this post we’ll explore how we did on our goals and the impact of our various pieces of work.

2023 Goal Results

In January we came together to develop our Team Values, which in turn helped inform our goal setting sessions in March. Our Training Team Goals for 2023 included 18 goals out of which we completed 12, have 4 in progress, and opted to put 2 on hold. You can view the most recent details about these goals in our Training Team 2023 Year-End Review post.

🚧 In progress

  • Plan promotions with the Marketing Team
  • Establish monthly recurring onboarding Online Workshops in different timezones for training team roles
  • Get involved with the redesign work happening on Learn
  • Figure out a method to manage localized content translation.

🚫 On Hold / Being Re-evaluated

  • Test out a course creation cohort method that will work as a group to create one course together
  • Curriculum Advisory Board (working title) planning and outreach

What’s next?

Just as we did last year during our Training Team 2023 Goals Setting, we will hold two synchronous goal setting sessions in January to set our goals together as a team.

Training Team Health

Outside of our goals, the Training Team so much work around growing and sustaining our team through programs, projects, and people outreach.


This year saw the creation of three new programs for the Training Team. Our programs helped to break down barriers to contributing, and created a shared learning space for WordPress enthusiastic.

Faculty Program

This year we saw the Faculty Program increase by 14 people, with us ending the year with 39 Faculty Members. The breakdown of new member roles is outlined below:

  • Content Creator: 3
  • Editor: 1
  • Administrator: 3
  • Translation Coordinator: 4
  • Multiple roles: 3

Course Cohort

See our Recap on The first Learn WordPress course cohort which we ran from 4 September 2023 to the 13th of October 2023. 14 participants were chosen from 64 applicants, and 6 participants completed the content by the 13th of October.

We aim to host more course cohorts in 2024.

Guide Program

You can read about The Guide Program’s First Month in this post. The Guide Program was launched by the Training Team at the beginning of September 2023 and aimed to finish within 5 weeks.

At the beginning of September, we matched 9 new contributors with one of 5 Guides, and by the end of the program mentees were guided to successfully making a total of 14 contributions to the Training Team.


Our team showed adaptability and growth this year when after adopting new terminology like DRI in October 2022, we saw a boost in the creation and completion of projects with defined ownership, goals, and timelines to completion.

We completed two projects this year, and have one due to be complete by mid-2024.


Badges Awarded

In 2023 we awarded a total of 49 badges to Training Team Contributors.

  • Training Contributor: 38 (Total: 186)
  • Training Team: 13 (Total: 21)

WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Contributor Days

This year we saw a large boost of Training Team table contributors at both flagship and local WordCamp Events.


This year we onboarded a total of 82 contributors to the Training Team at three flagship WordCamps!

Contributor Day Recap – WordCamp Asia 2023

We had a total of 20 in person contributors and 5 online contributors, giving us a total of 25 contributors in attendance.

WordCamp Europe Contributor Day 2023 Recap

We had a total of 6 in person contributors and 7 online contributors, giving us a total of 25 contributors in attendance.

WordCamp US 2023 Contributor Day Recap

We had a total of 30 in person contributors and 14 online contributors, giving us a total of 44 contributors in attendance.


We had Training Team representation and contributions made at the following local WordCamps

Stats Reporting

Learn WordPress GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. Data

Last year and this year we did a huge overhaul of our Learn GitHub Repository in order to reduce complexities, streamline processes and improve productivity. Through this public Cauldron visualization, we are happy to share the very real impact this work has had on better surfacing contributions and helping us see our work to completion.

The graph above shows that the time it takes to close issues has decreased throughout the last year. This is most likely due to the numerous updates that have been implemented in GitHub, and the revamp of documentation guiding contributors through the different team processes. This is a huge win for the Training Team 👏

The five spikes above show the 5 “mega triage sessions” that were conducted last year, often closing out many issues that had been imported from TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the team uses for example: days and had become stale.

Other interesting stats:

  • As of December 1st, the WordPress/Learn repo still has 490 open issues. These have been open for an average of 359.66 days, and a median of 286.06 days.
  • Between Jan – Nov 2023, 197 people created issues on the Learn repo. Of these, 189 created an issue for the first time.
  • Issues are most opened on Wednesdays, and most closed on Fridays.
  • We now have 16 languages represented in our published content


Below is a tally of all the content we published and Online Workshops we hosted in 2023.

  • Tutorials: 78
  • Lesson Plans: 31
  • Courses: 7
  • Online Workshops: 274
    • Average attendance: 23
    • Max attendance: 161

Once again, thank you to all of our current and new contributors for all that you have done with us this year. We look forward to our continued collaboration in the new year!

Did we miss something you’d like highlighted? Please comment on this post– we don’t want to miss a thing! 🙂