EA is involved in a new Erasmus K.A.2 funded project!
European Academy has started the implementation of a new challenging EU funded project, financed Erasmus + (Key Action 2).
The project that EA is implementing at EU level is the “Erasmus+ KA2” – Strategic Partnerships for VET, that started in 2016 and that is in current full implementation. It is a training program to boost employability and entrepreneurship of young learners participating to Mobility Programs.
D.E.E.M. project (Developing Enterprise and Employability during Mobilities) is Erasmus + funded strategic partnership “network to network” project aiming to adapt and transfer to the partner nations an enterprise and employability curriculum that can be used during mobilities to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of beneficiaries of such schemes and lead to sustainable employment.
The European Partnership is composed by 10 partners representing 5 EU countries:
- Gecko Programmes (United Kingdom)
- South & City College Birmingham (United Kingdom)
- Globtrain (Germany)
- CENTRO DIFFUSIONE IMPRENDITORIALE DELLA TOSCANA – CEDIT (Italy)
- Asociatia European Academy (Romania)
- International Consulting and Mobility Agency – INCOMA (Spain)
- Integra Consultoria Coruña (Spain)
- CPA (Italy)
- Istituto per la Formazione, l’Occupazione e la Mobilità – IFOM (Italy)
- Reattiva – Regione Europa Attiva (Italy)
The Partnership seeks to enhance the “boost to employability” through an employability/enterprise curriculum that is offered during the mobility and by improving the materials of the Enterprise and Employability program and standardize it. We want to design the most appropriate curriculum and pedagogy, using the knowledge of all the partners. We acknowledge the different pedagogical approaches of partners/nations, yet also seek to be uniform in our approach.
European Academy is the single Romanian partner.
The overall project activities have been broken down into three stage plans representing the collection of collaborative work actions necessary to create the projected results and outcomes:
- Stage 1: Preparation and creation of templates, review existing materials
The partnership will review the quality assurance and evaluation tools and templates for case studies/better practice/ improvement of the enterprise and employability programme and set an evaluation and reporting framework. This will provide a basis for discussions and exchange of opinions within Partnership.
- Stage 2: Improvement phase
This phase concentrates a lot of work and will entail close cooperation between partners to identify existing gaps and address the main issues of Enterprise and Employability programme.
- Stage 3: Production of tutor notes together with exploration of routes to ECVET certification
The third stage will be focused on reviewing the improvements brought by each partner and planning delivery of A8-A10. The final version of the Enterprise and Employability programme will be presented and discussed, and Partners will start sharing the project findings with their networks and on their websites/platforms.
The project will impact all 10 participating organisations by equipping them to deliver a training course that supports EU’s policies by:
- embedding work based learning into their curriculum and engaging their network of host partners, in line with European Councils’ recommendations concerning high quality vocational education and training (VET) systems, in which the active participation of employers and a strong element of work-based learning facilitate young people’s transition to work by providing the knowledge, skills and competences which they need for a successful first step into the labour market;
- aligning their activities with the Bruges Communiqué: develop a vademecum/study on successful work-based learning models;
- contributing to the “Agenda for new skills and jobs” by helping VET students entering the labour market after having completed the Enterprise and Employability program;
- aiming to integrate ECVET into their existing mobility practice.
Kickoff meeting has been organized in Florence (Italy) and several dissemination activities have been carried out since end 2016 until now. International meetings have been organized in Sevilla (Spain) and Berlin (Germany).
Project “DEEM – Developing Enterprise & Employability during mobilities” started on September 2016 and will last until the end of February 2018, when a final conference will be organized in Bucharest (Romania).