Current European Projects
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APT: Apprentice Preparation Training - New Approaches in Managing the Transition from Education to Employment
Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership VET / Cross Sector Education: 2016-2019
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.
Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership VET 2017-2019
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.
Standing for Quality Management for Internship; 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.
T4TEMP: Tools 4 Trainers to Empower NEETs
Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership Adult Education: 2016-2018
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.
ePODS: Online Professional Development in Second Chance Education
Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership Adult Education: 2016-2019
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.
COMTRAIN: Computer Service Training for Personal and Professional Development
Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership Adult Education: 2016-2018
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.
Respect4 – Education with Barriers
Erasmus+ KA2 Schools Strategic Partnership: 2015-2018
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:
- 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.
- To broaden learners' and teachers’ horizons relating to cultural knowledge, language skills and intercultural dialogue.
- To motivate the use of ICT-based content, contributing to ICT skills acquisition and innovatory teaching methods to benefit staff and learners.
- 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.
- 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.
Erasmus+ KA2 Schools Strategic Partnership: 2015-2018
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.
Recent and Past Projects
HelpCare: Pathways to the Future for Health and Social Care
Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership – Cross Sectoral with a focus on VET: 2014-2017
The ‘care gap’ is the difference between the need for health and social care for older people & the capacity to provide that care through family, friends or professional carers. HelpCare proposes to help close the care gap via better management of the education and training of care workers to develop a more professional workforce that will attract recruits and has recognised progression pathways.
- The EU population is aging rapidly
- Many care workers are engaged in the informal economy
- Health & social care workers in the formal economy find it very difficult to access training and development opportunities;
- Qualifications for care workers are not a pre-requisite for employment & there are no agreed education and training standards across the EU for this sort of work.
- Health and Social Care work is seen as undesirable and low status with no recognised routes for progression into wider caring professions and with no HE-based training available in this specialist area for managers/leaders of care provision.
The overall aim of HelpCare is to develop and transfer innovative practices in education for the qualification and professionalization of health and social care workers as well as encourage people to view health and social care work as a positive career choice with recognized routes for progression through VET and from VET to HE.
Led by Lancaster University, the project has partners from UK, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy and Greece.
Ideas into Action - Entrepreneurship for Youth Workers based on local economy needs
Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership for Youth: 2014-2017
LMC led, and involving partners from Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Netherlands and a local Community Interest Company; this Youth focussed Erasmus+ project will research and develop materials to help train young people and youth leaders to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
The business focus will relate to the partners’ local needs and over the two years of the project offer a range of solutions and activities to engage young people in the local economy needs.
It will include research modules on entrepreneurship in education, the local economy and contributions from local social partners who work with young people. The project will then develop and pilot a package for Youth and leadership skills training to support young people who want to get on in life and business.
The project also aims to develop the ‘mind-set’ and skills necessary for young people to be entrepreneurial. The final outcome will be a free to use, easily accessible training package aimed at youth workers and young people.
Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership for Adult Education: 2014-2016
Digital Timelines was a project to develop and pilot a training course and support materials to produce videos for the benefit of people with dementia. The project maximised the use of developments in ICT with regards “multi-media” digital devices and associated progress in consumer access to produce a training programme and bespoke digital resources which can encapsulate memory stimulating information from a variety of media to benefit specifically the person with dementia and their family and friends, as well as professional carers and those entering the profession.
The project aimed to allow practitioners in care as well as family members to produce an effective resource which is at very little or no cost to the persons with dementia or their carers. The project encapsulated a research element and an international comparison of the partner countries (UK, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey & Sweden) which informed the development of the training package; transferable and accessible to individuals, carers, family and professionals alike.
People in direct or indirect contact with people with dementia were trained in the production of the digital timelines videos across Europe as well trained in the ability to support others in the production of the same. This allowed them to appreciate how they, or those trained by them, can improve the life of a person with dementia by stimulating memories in a technical based multimedia way.
START- Art of the START
Grundtvig Partnership 2013- 2015
A Two Year Grundtvig Partnership that aimed to build a bridge between the worlds of academia and business, offering young adults the essential tools and skills needed to move into the world of business. As much as young adults need to know academic fundamentals in core school subjects such as maths, science and English as a foreign language, they also need to become aware of, and master, a series of life and basic business skills which are at the heart of personal and business success.
The project sought to build a motivating intergenerational learning environment which brings together active and retired business people and entrepreneurs with younger generations to share their knowledge and experience through motivational talks, competitions and/or workshops.
Teachers and partners took part in mobility exchanges to share experiences and best practices on a transnational level. There was a START competition at the heart of local activities with results to feed back into the other activities and materials.
• Lancaster & Morecambe College and Help Direct (AgeUK)
• Inercia Digital S.L (Spain) which provides specialist e-learning and e-business for SMEs.
• Horama Thesprotias (Greece) a non-profit, non-governmental organisation. Its primary goal is to raise awareness on issues related to European Integration, national policies and EU policies.
• De Plannenmakers (The Netherlands) who are active in the guiding the 5 main stages of entrepreneurship.
• Rizika internetu a komunikacních technologií o.s. (Czech Republic) is a Civic Association that focuses on preventive educations for young people and adults, teachers and parents in the issue of the Internet and communication technologies.
ECAPSE - Early Co-ordinated Actions Preventing Social Exclusion
Leonardo Transfer of Innovation: 2013-2015
A 24 month Leonardo Transfer of Innovation Project focussed on finding a common training model for staff who encounter vulnerable young people in their work. Staff in partner countries were trained in these methods to create a shared vision and shared responsibility for youth without being divided into different departments as often happens.
ECAPSE also sought to enable a common understanding and better cooperation supporting young people with special needs and also to increase collaboration between Vocational Education organisations, health services, employer organisations, businesses and enterprises. The responsibility to support young people's development and progress into employment is shared by different players according to individual circumstances but a common, inter-agency approach is vital.
Aims: To share a piloted programme which assists in reducing alienation, educational drop-out, mental illness and unemployment, thereby increasing the possibility of entering the open labour market. Our partnership has been carefully constructed to ensure that it represents experience and high skills with young people and transnational activities and also represents a wide range of organisations. The coordinator is a Swedish Municipality whilst the other partners include a private Italian organisation, Lancaster and Morecambe College, the largest Bulgarian NGO working in VE and a charitable trust VET provider in Germany.
Results: Sharing and tailoring a previously developed training model that is aimed at staff (VET professionals/trainers/teachers) who meet young people and work with a common vision and values in relation to supporting them into employment or vocational training and are well supported throughout the organization. Previous experience of our international project work have shown that our organization has developed and gained an increased quality. In this project we want to increase our knowledge of how to handle these issues in other countries and how we can help to spread our knowledge of the field. Sharing knowledge on an international level between method and methodology in the field of youth, is important to enhance each participant's ability to perform their work in a better way. Another goal is that through this educational effort to prevent dropouts from school, getting more young people with passes, increase the employability of young people and reduce the risk of exclusion, all to create the conditions for health equity. The final product will be an online-based training model that can be used by all partners, and the public through open access during and after the project lifetime.