Thematic Networking event overview: ‘Reflecting on the Achievements of Thematic Networking & Aligning with Policy for the Future’, 24 May 2011.
For those of you with an interest in UK and European lifelong learning policy and practice, I’ve compiled an overview of last Tuesday’s Thematic Networking Groups (TNGs) event in Birmingham.
First of all, a bit of background. Hosted by Ecorys, the TNGs seek to integrate the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) into UK education and training at the planning level. They are made up of stakeholders and policymakers at local and national level (the people responsible for setting the direction for the UK) and also senior managers at education and training provider organisations, including LLP project representatives (who are ultimately responsible for implementing policies through learning provision).
Each year the European Union has a year dedicated to the activities of the people within its Member States. This year is the European Year of Volunteering 2011 (EYV2011).
A celebration of commitment
The Year will celebrate the commitment of the millions of people within Europe who give up their time for free to help other people both in their own country and across Europe.
Over the course of the year a tour across the EU countries will take place with each stop on the tour bringing with it an opportunity to meet other volunteers, engage with policy-makers and to discuss key issues for the future of volunteering. Read the rest of this entry »
Universities Minister, David Willetts has said: “if you can’t get a job, start a business.” Easier said than done, you might think. However, it is possible and the Government’s ultimatum made me think of some of the European projects that are supporting startups as they prepare to take the plunge.
Anniesland College in Scotland shared a fantastic case study from their Grundtvig Partnership (Women into Business). Former student Lisa Taylor has now fulfilled her dream of setting up her own beauty salon. Getting there wasn’t easy but it was worth it in the end, as she recalls:
“The first six months felt like I was working 24 hours a day. I needed to arrange a license from the council and there were a lot of health and safety requirements so this was all new to me. But now I can take a step back and I can come and go to suit my family commitments.”