After being part of the Lifelong Learning Programme for a number of years, I realise what a tremendous impact the programmes can have on the lives of those involved. I think this has become even more poignant to me as I come to the end of my time here at Ecorys and start a new chapter of my career.
Working within the communications team I have been fortunate to meet so many of the organisations and participants that we support. I have always been inspired by the work that is taking place across Europe and the impact this is having on so many people in the UK. Involvement really does have the capability to change lives.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been recording a series of films which demonstrate the wide reaching impact of the programmes. I met one participant who talked about how his work placement in an orphanage in Bulgaria helped him to re-focus the direction of his life. He is now in full time employment and has his own flat. Another, a future Olympian, spoke about the importance of a training experience in Tenerife that enabled him to develop key life skills and gave him the confidence to compete on the international stage. I hope you will enjoy watching the films ‘Changing Lives’ as much as we enjoyed making them - they will be released on our YouTube channel in a few weeks.
I know there is a tremendous amount of passion and appreciation for the learning and experiences that being involved in the LLP provides. The work you are all doing across Europe and the support you give your learners never ceases to astound me. I would like to say a big thank you for everyone who has shared their experiences through our newsletters, websites, publications, events and blog over the years – you are all inspiring people to get involved in European working.
I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone at Ecorys for making my time here and work so enjoyable – I will miss you all.
So, before it starts to sound like an awards ceremony, I will say a final goodbye and wish you all the very best for the future.
Please remember to keep in touch with the communications team Faye, Emma and Sara - we really love hearing from you.
The European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee met on the 19 September to discuss the Erasmus for All report compiled by Doris Pack, Chair of the Committee. The report sets out some significant changes and recommendations to the Commissions current proposal for the next generation of programmes.
The name ‘Erasmus for All’ has always been unpopular with the Committee. As part of her work, Doris Pack asked the European Commission to suggest a new name and this was put forward for the first time during the meeting – Youth, Education and Sport Europe – ‘YES Europe’. The proposed new name received overall support from the Committee.
Doris Pack gave clarification on some of the recommendations outlined in the report, this included: Read the rest of this entry »
Last month we launched the Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action competition.
This is your chance to tell us and others ‘Your Story’ and share what involvement in these programmes has meant to you, your participants or your organisation.
It’s easy to enter . You can submit a story, portfolio of photos or a film through the competition website at www.competition.lifelonglearningprogramme.org.uk
With prizes of up to £250 in Amazon vouchers and the chance to see your stories in print and online, it’s a great opportunity to share your experience with others.
Get involved today and start thinking of how you can create a winning entry. The competition is open until 28 September 2012.
I can’t quite believe it is already a year since we were promoting the last round of Information Days – just where does the time go? We saw a record number of organisations attending the events last year, and for those of you that attended we hope that you developed a successful application.
A really useful event, allowed me to gain first hand knowledge of the way into funding has changed recently, also a great opportunity to network and make some new links
Really enjoyed the case studies which provided me with some inspiration and ideas for my project
Feedback from participants of the 2011 Information Days
If you are new to the Lifelong Learning Programme and considering submitting an application for funding under the Leonardo, Grundtvig or Transversal programmes, these are ‘must go’ events. They will really help you make sense of all of the opportunities available and you will walk away with a clear picture of what you can do, and the steps you need to take to be successful. They are equally applicable if you have some knowledge of our programmes, maybe as a previous project participant, but want to learn a bit more about the other opportunities available to you.
This year there will be a packed agenda, with presentations, taster sessions and interactive workshops to choose from. As always the Ecorys team will be on-hand to give advice, guidance and support.
Register your place today
Places at the events are limited, so make sure you don’t miss out by booking your place today. You can register your place at our events through any of the following pages:
Meeting with us at our Information Days really is the best way to find out more but for those who are unable to join us we will upload our presentations from the events onto the website. These will be available in December for you to download.
Whether you are looking to understand a specific education system or to analyse an education issue at European level, Eurypedia will provide you with the most exhaustive information on the systems currently in operation across Europe.
The online resource is a great way for you to build your knowledge and learn about recent reforms. It provides an accurate picture of education across Europe and contains more than 5,000 articles that cover 38 school and university systems within the 33 countries participating in the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (all Member States as well as Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey).
The website is easy to navigate and is searchable by topics areas , giving you the ability to filter by country. For example you can explore adult education systems in Finland, quality assurance systems in Spain or specific social and economic trends for a specific country. You can also access key legislations information and ongoing reforms and policy developments. Visit the Eurypedia website to explore the resource further.
Eurypedia is a wiki-based tool and its articles are drafted and published directly by the Eurydice National Units, in collaboration with their respective education Ministries and national experts.
Find out more about Eurydice Network
The Eurydice Network is a European-wide information provider on education, analysing European education systems and policies and contributing to spreading knowledge in the field. As of 2011, it consists of 37 national units based in all 33 countries participating in the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme. It is coordinated and managed by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels, which drafts its studies and provides a range of online resources.
The annual competition for UK participants of the Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action has opened today. www.competition.lifelonglearningprogramme.org.uk/.
If you have taken part in either, we want you to tell us Your Story, through words, photographs or film. We know that studying, living, training or working in another European country is a great opportunity to explore new places and cultures, make new friends and learn another language. However, these experiences also broaden your horizons in other ways and can make a huge impact on your life, education and career. This is what we want to hear about!
With prizes of up to £250 in Amazon vouchers and the chance to see your stories in print and online, it’s a great opportunity to share your story with others.
Get involved today and start thinking of how you can create your winning entry.
The competition is open until 28 September 2012.
Last year we created a series of blog posts to help you create your entry, why not take a look at these and get inspired.
You can also see some of last years’ winning entries here
Good luck, we look forward to hearing Your Story.
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.
As many of you will know, this year Ecorys and the British Council launched a competition for the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action Programmes.
Participants of the programmes were asked to take part in a competition and tell us their stories through word, film and photography. We asked them to demonstrate how the programmes have helped to really broaden their horizons, given them the opportunity to explore new countries and cultures, make new friends, learn another language, gain new skills and share exciting experiences. Read the rest of this entry »