You might have seen our recent tweets asking for links to channels and videos that interest you on YouTube and that you think we should see. We’re beginning the first stages of developing our YouTube channel so that it is a place where you can see information relating to all aspects of the Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal programmes.
How you can get involved
We’d like to start featuring videos you recommend on our channel, this might be a video of your Learner Workshop or a video diary of your Mobility participant’s experience, we’d also like to highlight other channel’s that are relevant to the Lifelong Learning Programme such as the European Commission or the National Apprenticeships Service. Read the rest of this entry »
When we launched the blog in April last year we all introduced ourselves as the ‘Ecorys bloggers‘. So it’s only right that I let you know that I’m moving to a new role within the company, which starts tomorrow. This means that, for a few weeks, Jo and Emma will be on their lonesome at Blog HQ. Please keep them busy with your contributions and post comments.
I’ve been in the communications team since it all began on 8 January 2007 and I have met many of you (our projects and participants), and spoken to many more over the phone. I’ve been in a good place because my only responsibilities have been to share the inspiring work you do and help you find out how to do more of it. I’m sad to go, but looking forward to new challenges.
As well as the blog, I’ll be handing over the editing of edUKation (our newsletter), our promotional brochures and more recently our project guides. Thank you to everyone who has provided contributions, ideas and feedback. Your case studies are a real motivation to others (and to me).
Finally thank you to Faye and Jo, my bosses, for your support and guidance.
Today has been both a happy and sad day at Ecorys. We are saying “Au Revoir” to Karine Jacques Head of the Leonardo Programme. Karine leaves the team to prepare for the birth of her first child, starting a new exciting chapter of her life.
Karine is an intrinsic figure in managing the Lifelong Learning Programme and her dedication and commitment to Leonardo programme is inspirational. For those of you that know her, you will be aware of her passion, enthusiasm and the continual support she gives to projects and the Ecorys team.
The LLP Team would like to wish Karine good luck and we look forward to meeting the new edition to her family due in early March.
Despite my slightly bleary eyes, as I’d opted to travel to London from Birmingham on the day, I was glad I’d arrived bright and early as it gave me the chance to chat to plenty of people, from organisations such as BT and Pearson Work Based Learning, before the presentations began. On explaining that the Lifelong Learning Programme had been given the opportunity to run a workshop on the benefits of providing European placements to apprentices, I was met with genuine interest and enthusiasm – definitely a good start to the day!
‘For Learning’ features ideas, reflections and comments on learning policy, in order to stimulate debate and discussion on associated policies and issues. Readers can comment on the articles and viewpoints posted.
Initial posts cover topics such as apprenticeships and youth unemployment from the perspective of Mark Corney, Policy Advisor to the Campaign for Learning.
Views expressed on the ‘For Learning’ blog are those of the CfL and/or contributing authors.
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The Leonardo team has been busy promoting the programme as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2012 (6-10 February) and my Leonardo colleague Michele Phizacklea will soon be posting an update about our involvement.
In the meantime, let me highlight how Leonardo ties in with apprenticeships, for those with an interest in this sector.
Leonardo Mobility funding is perfect for training providers (colleges, employers etc) since it allows them to apply for grants to send apprentices on European work placements as part of their programme. The programme is a natural fit, since the apprenticeship model of ‘learning by doing’ is how Leonardo Mobility works too.
We’ve had plenty of success stories from happy apprentices, employers and training providers, which you can read about in our brochure, co-authored with the National Apprenticeship Service: European work placements for apprentices.
There is also a dedicated web page to give organisations an overview of what Leonardo offers.
Have you recently been on a Transversal Study Visit? We’d love to hear about your experience and also find out what hints and tips you’d share with future participants.
Leave us a comment below or tweet @llpUKecorys using the hash tag #studyvisit
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16 February 2012: Sharon Thompson, Cohesive Consultancy (Study Visit to the Netherlands)
@llpUKecorys Netherlands study visit was brilliant! Fantastic group we all got on famously, great host and projects!
— Sharon Thompson (@SThompson_JP) February 16, 2012
Volunteering is as much a benefit for the volunteer as it is for the wider community. That was the message expressed by delegates at the November 2011 Grundtvig European Conference on Adult Learning which I attended.
Volunteering provides people with a unique learning experience and a chance to share their knowledge with others. The conference highlighted how the Grundtvig programme supports these opportunities. 2011 was the European Year of Volunteering and my Thematic Networking Group, Group 4, looked at these benefits and how volunteering can help people with fewer opportunities to access education and training.