Across the EU, we recognise that the health, sustainability and competitive edge of our economies depends on our young people entering and retaining meaningful employment and getting the appropriate skills to adapt to the new demands of the labour market. This 30 month project seeks to address the new challenges in the labour market by exploring all the contributory factors & developing practical, user friendly and transferable solutions by nurturing & capitalising on the good work already happening in the partner countries and across Europe.
The target group in this project are organisations and employers that work directly with young people, who are facing significant challenges securing meaningful careers, as well as the young people themselves who often need extra guidance when making the transition from education to the world of work. To support this notion and develop new approaches to handling this transition process are the main objectives of the training elements in this project and also why we are also seeking employer, SME and other professional voices.
Led by LMC, the partnership is made up of 7 partner countries: UK, Italy, Cyprus, Spain, Poland, Romania, and Lithuania, APT is a 30 month project.
By gaining a unique level of access to young people who in the process of transition from education to work, we hope to get about the state of the art pertaining to career guidance, whilst working together to develop new approaches matching the ever changing nature of the job market to the vocational skills of those entering work.
The outputs will be a suite of modular resources, testing tools and a training package for use in training situations with career guides and trainers, targeting upwards of 200 young people. Materials will be adapted by partners to fit different sectors and educational levels and we hope to run several events to maximise the interest in the final tools and share them with local, regional and international organisations.
This 2 Year project will exchange best practice across the consortium partners (Spain, Austria, Italy & UK) when placing students into internships and work placements as part of their vocational course.
Each country will compare models of competence and other instruments that aim to evaluate and validate skills gained in the workplace. There is a focus on the soft skills and personal competencies in the project and how these can be adapted and adopted across the partnership to contribute to an improved internship system and tools to benefit each partner.
ePODS: Online Professional Development in Second Chance Education
Opportunities and demands of globalisation and technology are fuelling transformations of educational practices and infrastructure rapidly. The evolution of educational systems and digital technologies also provide additional challenges to framing our perspectives, including the emergence of virtual and networked schools that share courses and programmes. Utilising these technological advancements to support good-quality training and reflective professional development are fast becoming an essential part of a teacher’s professional life. And it is argued that supporting teachers in their professional development leads to improved outcomes for teachers, trainers and learners alike.
ePODS focus is mainly on the elements of resources and training in the platform www.secondchanceeducation.eu These two elements will be further developed for teachers/trainers working in second chance education.
ePODS will be further be focussed on two objectives:
• To promote European integration of professional development of teachers/trainers in second chance education
• To set up an organic / growing database connecting tools, schools, teachers/trainers and beneficiaries
ePODS will be a Europe wide sustainable offer for teachers/trainers in second chance education and go on to deliver the following:
• Development of a European professional development service.
• Vitalise the online teacher/trainer community via providing e-content for teacher/trainers and webinars.
• Development of at least 10 e-learning courses for the current professional development offers on secondeducation.eu.
• Development of a tool to create your own e-learning course
The partnership is made up of 8 partners across 6 partner countries: Netherlands, Cyprus, UK, Italy, Greece and Germany.
Each partner will work with local associate partners and schools to share the developed materials and participate in the training events, piloting and conferences in the partner countries. In the UK we are working with Bowerham School, Morecambe High, Lancaster University and other associate organisations that are part of the national NCOP and CCOP initiatives.
T4TEMP will create a new tool, namely the E-Learning Toolkit which will address educators, career guidance staff, youth workers and those who deal with NEET young people (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) to improve their competence in effective engagement methodologies.
T4TEMP aims to increase participation of NEET young people and help them into the labour market with a secondary aim, to raise awareness of heterogeneity of the NEET population across EU member states to address the root causes and offer solutions.
The partnership is made up of 6 partner countries: Estonia, Italy, Cyprus, Spain, Greece and the UK.
The project will implement the following objectives:
• Identify, by international comparison a State of the Art for Adult educators who work with the main target group.
• Develop an online e-Learning Toolkit. Training tools that enable educators allocate their time with the target group in a more constructive and effective way.
• Develop and implement targeted courses, to enable professional users to understand, support and increase their skills in order to be effective in supporting NEETs.
Throughout the implementation and validation phase of the project activities the partners will include members of the target group in training sessions, local national events, peer feedback etc.) Furthermore it is envisaged that other people across other sectors such as, trade unions, those who provide in-service training and development for teachers and young professionals, will also benefit from the tools developed.
COMTRAIN: Computer Service Training for Personal and Professional Development
Made up of 6 partners from 5 countries, this project targets Adults (in particular aged 50+) who lack the skills in the field of ICT and IT. We will capitalise on existing training courses related to ICT use that are designed to reduce the digital gap, dividing older and younger generations. The majority of these courses aim to provide Adults with the technical skills connected with computer use and operating basic programs and with some additional input they can increase the longer term prospects of the target group of adults.
Older adults (50+) belong to an increasing demographic group facing difficult situations accessing the labour market, and since the economic crisis of 2008 many people in the target group have lost their jobs, facing unemployed with a reduced prospect of meaningful careers. Adults, in particular those who are struggling with re-employment are also at risk of further social exclusion and isolation because of the situation. CST materials will be created in order to support adults in Social and Professional Development through targeted Computer Service Training.
Partners will exchange experiences and best practices in the implementation of Computer Service Training courses and share the task of the common creation of training which not only the supports ICT, but also use look at new ways to use it for social and personal development.
Training workshops and events will take place throughout 2018 in all partner countries.
This 3 year project is inspired by a motivation to provide a positive image of the European Union in response to negative attitudes emerging in the media and from some areas of the political spectrum.
The guiding principle is to challenge the misconception that citizenship within Europe threatens our sense of national identity, hence confronting negative perceptions of Europe often advocated in the media and to offer an alternative to an isolationist paradigm of nationhood. The project will use the notion of respect as a vehicle to compare, contrast, highlight and educate participants to challenging concepts in education across borders.
Our main Respect4 objectives are:
1. To provide students & teachers from schools located in 8 countries (UK, Romania, Greece, France, Belgium, Hungary, Norway & Italy) with an enriching cross curricular project which develops their European awareness and promotes a sense of respect, self, European identity and to challenge and overcome negative perceptions regarding European citizenship.
2. To broaden learners' and teachers’ horizons relating to cultural knowledge, language skills and intercultural dialogue.
3. To motivate the use of ICT-based content, contributing to ICT skills acquisition and innovatory teaching methods to benefit staff and learners.
4. To promote teamwork amongst staff and learners in the different partner countries and between different sections of our own communities and organisations, thus developing participants’ organisational/ leadership & conflict management skills and applying these skills to the workplace and daily life.
5. To compare different educational systems in order to transfer best practice and inform students of different possibilities of acquiring further education and undertaking mobility abroad.
This 3 year project will mainly involve students up to the age of 18. The main theme and focus of the project is based around Work and Mobility across Europe. It is the aim of the project to promote the concept of free mobility of labour for young people across Europe, regions and across borders. The project will consider the different historical and cultural approaches to work across the countries involved in the project such as; what is a good job? What are the main types of employment in your region? What are the current and future jobs? There is a focus on students exchanges in each of the partner countries; Germany, UK, Spain, Bulgaria, Turkey & Italy.
A programme of fun and engaging activities will be designed in staff meetings and then used during the student exchanges that will bring students together to share their experiences and knowledge of employment and how to access the labour market. There is also an ongoing emphasis on creativity and competition throughout the project lifetime.