2012 has been designated the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, and the European Union has ‘cleared the stage’ for individuals and organisations to showcase their success stories in this area.
Active ageing means giving older adults the opportunity to:
- stay in the workforce and share their experience,
- keep playing an active role in society, and
- live as healthy and fulfilling lives as possible.
We hope to see many of you linking your activities to the year, particularly if you were funded through the Grundtvig programme. It’s a chance to publicise your good work to a Europe-wide audience and to connect with others in the UK.
So… Do you have ideas and suggestions for the European Year? A picture, story or video clip that would illustrate the benefits of active ageing? Is there an interesting initiative or event that you would like to share with others? All you need to do is submit your details on the European Year website and the team will contact you. You can also join the conversation through our new Your Story discussion group on this theme.
In the UK, thousands of projects are funded each year and the work that is undertaken is helping to develop the education and training landscape in the UK. We’ve highlighted some of the main successes in four areas related to our Thematic Networking Groups. Read the rest of this entry »
As Project Manager for the Transversal programme, Ieva Mais speaks to hundreds of Study Visits applicants every year. However, with workloads being what they are, she’s never actually been on a visit herself… until now.
Ieva spent a week on a Study Visit in Nottingham on the theme of improving continuous professional development within vocational education and training. The event was hosted by EMFEC (East Midlands Further Education Council), a membership body which provides advice and support to the further education sector. Helpfully she wrote everything down to give you a full account of her experience. I hope this gives you an idea of what to expect, should you decide to attend or host a Study Visit yourself!
Transversal Study Visits are aimed at senior education and training professionals (so anyone involved in senior management positions or in the design or planning of learning provision).
Inova Consultancy is a team of experts that work in the area of diversity, equal opportunities and entrepreneurship. They are based in Sheffield and have participated in a number of Lifelong Learning Programme funded projects to share best practices in mentoring and to empower women into taking up self-employment.
Currently they are working on a 2010 Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project called ‘fe:male’:
…we will transfer our experience in career guidance to the Netherlands, Cyprus, Malta and Italy. By passing our approved concept of Mentoring Circles™, we aim to enable our partners to support actual and potential female entrepreneurs in the same way in other European countries as we do in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »
2011 was about sharing your story and back in June we held a fantastic event to allow around 170 of you to do exactly that. To follow this up we’ve prepared a case study collection exploring some of the Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action projects that particularly inspired us in demonstrating their contribution to Europe’s EU 2020 goals. Read the rest of this entry »