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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Arthur Mills age 83, undertook a Grundtvig Visits & Exchanges activity in Spain, where he met other adult learners from a variety of countries, all eager to participate in the “E-skills to change the lives of 50+” activity.
Arthur has always been interested in technology, and the new knowledge gained from the visit to Spain has further enhanced his interest and enthusiasm. Arthur had never used a keyboard until he was 76 but his life has been transformed by technology over the last 7 years.
With Spring in the air, our latest edition of edUKation explores some of the many green projects supported by the Grundtvig programme over the last seven years.
Dr Nick Owen MBE, Director of the Aspire Trust, who runs the Forests for All, All for Forests project, gives us an insight into how the project connects adult learners from seven partner countries in the teaching of the environment, culture and volunteering, all with a focus on the local forests. Nick explains:
European forests have become for us and the wider partnership, a source of questions, surprises, and many powerful learning moments. Veteran forests, exterminating agents and the effect of coppicing have been a phenomena we have learnt about which act as a constant reminder of the power that forests have over our minds, bodies and psyches.
From the project’s recent partner meeting in Vilnius in Lithuania, the participants were inspired to produce a range of artistic products reflecting their visit including the following poem:
Artist Knowledge: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Knowledge of the first kind is the stats,
the dates, the measurements.
The what, the when, the where.
Knowledge of the second kind
is the interpretations,
the rational analysis of observable events.
The scientific, analytic, predictive.
The regulatory, the politic.
The how, the whether.
Artists knowledge is knowledge of the third kind.
Sensory and sensitive,
Intuitive and imaginative,
Magical and miraculous.
Generating meaning and stories
which bestow ownership of knowledge of the first kind
and give purpose to the knowledge of the second kind.
The what-if? The why? The If-not, then why-not?
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 »
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.
It is now only two weeks until our first Information Day, taking place on the 6 September in Brighton! Come and meet the team and hear about the funding opportunities through the Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal programmes.
These events are perfect for you if you are new to the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), as you will be able to attend a Welcome session in the morning, which will give you an overview of the LLP and our programmes. Later on in the morning, you will be able attend two Taster sessions which will give more detail about the specific projects we run. In the afternoon, you can attend an Interactive Workshop on the programme of your choice, enabling you to hone your thoughts into more concrete project ideas, so you leave with a clear plan of your next steps. There will also be case studies from our projects themselves, so you can hear from those in the know exactly what it is like to be a participant – great for picking up hints and tips. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday 11 May 2012 was a significant day for the Erasmus for All proposal as it was discussed by national Education Ministers at the Council of the European Union. Ministers decided to adopt a revised version of the Commission’s original proposal but did not take any decisions about the programme’s budget. The official line is that Ministers have “reached a partial general approach” but as that’s not the most enlightening description we’ve set out the key changes here! Read the rest of this entry »