In issue 21 you can read about how Borders College scooped the International Award at the 2012 Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) ceremony for their links and partnerships developed through mobility projects. You can also read about:
- Enhancing skills and employability of UK Apprenticeships
- Erasmus for All: moving closer to the new programme
- 2013 European Year of Citizens
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In this second part of our blog on supporting Apprenticeships, we look at how we engage with activities taking place in National Apprenticeship Week. As well as tweeting about our project news linked to the themes of week, our colleague Michele attended a key event in London:
I was lucky enough to be invited to the fourth International Conference hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service, which is one of the many events held to celebrate this year’s National Apprenticeship Week. And celebrate really is the right word for it! From the opening remarks, the conference instilled a great sense of pride amongst delegates for working with apprentices, and supporting people to reach their full potential.
Here at Ecorys, we support Apprenticeships in many different ways through our work on the Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal programmes.
In 2013, we have gone one step further and we have recently welcomed our first Apprentice, Tenisha Jeffers, into our Lifelong Learning Programme team! Tenisha is studying Business Administration at Birmingham Metropolitan college and has joined us for 12 months as an Assistant Administrator to the Leonardo team.
Pride: It’s day one of National Apprenticeship Week and we are proud to be supporting apprentices from across the country through the Lifelong Learning Programme!
Growth: This year’s National Apprenticeship Week celebrates a new era for apprentices, looking at how individuals develop through their apprenticeships and the impact this has on themselves, the employers and wider society. Read the rest of this entry »
You may have read our recent post about the free help and support available to organisations to understand ECVET (European Credit system for Vocational Education & Training). Last month eight organisations running Leonardo Mobility projects attended a free workshop in Birmingham, organised as part of ECVET Experts, to find out how they can recognise their learners’ achievements using ECVET principles.These are largely students involved in initial vocational training or work-based learning. Anyone involved in Leonardo Mobility can use ECVET principles in their projects. Read the rest of this entry »
Cumbernauld College are experienced Leonardo Mobility promoters and have successfully run a series of different projects since 2008. Recently they submitted a case study to our Projects around the UK map which highlighted their WORKS (Work-Placement Opportunities for Receiving Knowledge and Skills) project which has run since 2009, the project has provided hundreds of students with the opportunity to experience working in another European country. An opportunity, that without the hard work of the College and Leonardo funding, would not be available to them. Read the rest of this entry »
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!
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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.
I recorded this video interview with John Perry at our Birmingham information day in July. Before his recent retirement, John ran Leonardo projects for Lancaster and Morecambe College for many years. I asked him to share his experience of working with local employers to organise European placements for apprentices.
For more on European opportunities for apprentices through the Leonardo programme, read our guide.