Every year we fund UK organisations to send vocational trainees to undertake work placements in another European country. Thanks to Leonardo Mobility funding, thousands of participants have benefitted from a period abroad. This experience is often life-changing for participants as it can boost their confidence, independence and open their eyes to new opportunities. But what about participants’ professional skills, how can these be recognised?
The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a set of principles that can be used in any overseas work or volunteering placement. It aims to help recognise the skills that a participant has gained so that they can count towards a qualification in their home country. You may have read our ‘Using ECVET in Leonardo Mobility‘ post that explained how you can implement ECVET principles.
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.
We do really enjoy hearing from our projects, particularly when it’s good news! We have recently been sent updates by two colleges whose Leonardo achievements have been recognised with external commendations. We thought you might like to hear about them too…
Today is officially the first day of spring, the time where the roots have bedded down and the first shoots start appearing. This might be a rather tenuous link but it started me thinking about the opportunities for growth and how the lifecycle of our projects enable new branches to sprout and develop.
Growth is a priority under the EU2020 objectives with sustainable and inclusive growth a focus. Continuing on the theme of growth, I thought I’d highlight some of our projects that look at the greener side of things. Many of our projects focus on conservation, nature and the environment, working to help communities and individuals through green-centered education. Looking first at Leonardo, the 2011 Mobility funded Parks & Gardens Apprenticeship Scheme, organised by Cardiff Council, provided apprentices with a new understanding of the techniques and processes involved in horticulture: Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
As many of you will be aware the Lifelong Learning Programme is coming to an end and will be replaced by the next generation of funding programme. While we are excited to see what the new programme will bring it does, sadly, mean that Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal funding will draw to a close by the end of 2013.
The deadlines for Mobility Projects, Partnerships and Transfer of Innovation have now passed which, in practical terms, means that there is no more funding available under the Leonardo programme. If you have submitted an application in 2013 for any of these opportunities you will hear whether you have been successful or not in Summer 2013.
Do not worry, while the funding is drawing to a close, any successful application received in 2013 for Mobility Projects, Partnerships or Transfer of Innovation will be funded for the entire project lifecycle. Read the rest of this entry »
During January I think it is a fairly safe assumption to say that most of us are trying to reduce our calorie intake after Christmas excesses and are hitting the gym, pounding the pavement or walking those extra few steps to start being more active. For a lot of our projects these good intentions continue throughout the year rather than flagging during February.
Changing lives, sporting excellence
One such project is a Leonardo Mobility at South Gloucestershire and Shroud College (formerly Filton college) where students on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence have the opportunity to add value through a European work placement. One of the apprentices that benefitted from this experience is Jack Bateson who is working towards the 2016 Olympics in Rio, he recently shared his story with us as part of our series of films on ‘Changing Lives’: Read the rest of this entry »
As part of the Communications team we always love to hear about how you use our funding and the far-reaching benefits that it brings. Recently I spoke to Rachel Delourme, Sustainability Co-ordinator & STEM Advisor at Cornwall Learning, who, as part of Cornwall Learning, has co-ordinated Leonardo Mobility projects for both Initial Vocational Training and People in the Labour Market. Speaking to Rachel made me appreciate just how far-reaching the impact of the Lifelong Learning Programme can be.
I began by asking Rachel a bit about why the project had started. She described how six years ago she was working on education and business partnerships and how links with businesses and young people could benefit each other specifically in the catering and hospitality sector. In Cornwall this type of work can be very seasonal with a lot of opportunities for young people to gain skills and experience in the summer months but with these opportunities drying up during the winter. Rachel wanted to start a project that would provide young people with the chance to work in another part of Europe during this period. The idea behind this is that it would provide the opportunity for people to increase their skills and experience all year round and allow them to be inspired and increase their knowledge and culinary creativity. On their return these new skills would be integrated into the local community and the experience would also provide participants with the confidence to venture outside of Cornwall, something that without an opportunity like this, young people would rarely do. Read the rest of this entry »