Searching for Success

Search engines provide a conundrum of possibilities that often give you more questions rather than answers; questioning the most appropriate and reliable content to source. For businesses expanding trade it is important to be able to find the right information to understand business culture with your international partners as with students searching for work placements online.

business-culture-p2t2-logo-300x100The 2014 European Search Awards celebrates the very best in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Digital and Content Marketing from around the world. So recently we were delighted to hear that a Lifelong Learning Programme project had been recognised as part of the awards. Shortlisted in the category; Best Use of Search-Third Sector is buisnessculture.org. The website is part of the Passport to Trade 2.0, Transfer of Innovation project launched by University of Salford Business School to provide business culture guides. These include social media etiquette for 31 countries, information on online and face-to-face networking and trade, plus not to mention practical advice for students considering placements abroad. Read the rest of this entry »


Study visits – the policy perspective

Last week some of you may have seen our first Transversal study visit diary written by Lisa Mok from Wai Yin Chinese Women Society. This week, Policy Advisor from the Department for Education, Charlotte Govan, tells us what she hopes to take from her visit to Tîrgu Mureş in Romania looking at innovative approaches to managing educational institutions.

My study visit experience so far…

“I’m a Policy Adviser at the Department for Education (DfE), working on the Academies programme.  This aims to give schools freedoms from local authority control, over their budgets, curriculum and length of terms and days, allowing them to make changes that will raise standards in the school.  I develop policy around two aspects of the process to open schools as academies.

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Exploring the concept of social pedagogy

Welcome to the world of social pedagogy – where theory meets practice and holistic well being and child-centred relationships lie at the heart of every aspect of work. Organisation ThemPra’s core aim is to support the development of a UK approach to social pedagogy to ensure children and young people to be able to live a self-determined life full of happiness, opportunities and positive relationships with other members of society. ThemPra recently exhibited their Leonardo project based around the concept at our Valorisation conference. So just over a month after the event we thought we’d take a look to find out more about social pedagogy from the roots upwards.

The concept

Despite the term sounding a little complex, it really refers to a holistic approach to education. To help explain the concepts that describe how it can be applied, ThemPra has come up with the social pedagogy tree:

ThemPra's social pedagogy tree

ThemPra’s social pedagogy tree

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New EU Programme agreed – Erasmus+

The EU Irish Presidency has today announced agreement on Erasmus +, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.

Erasmus+ will bring together the Lifelong Learning Programme (Leonardo, Comenius, Grundtvig, Erasmus and Jean Monnet actions), Youth in Action and five other international programmes including Erasmus Mundus and Tempus.

The agreement comes following negotiations brokered by the Irish Presidency between EU member states and the European Parliament.

The Irish Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D., said:

“Erasmus + will improve the employability of young people and open up new opportunities for them. Since 2007, approximately 400,000 people a year across Europe have benefited from the current programmes, and today’s development means that many more people of all ages and backgrounds will be eligible for these supports.”

We will be covering all the latest Erasmus+ developments so follow us on twitter @llpUKecorys or on our blog.


Exploring ECVET in Leonardo Mobility – an Expert’s view

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?

Recognising Learning

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.

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Sharing Your Success Stories

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…

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Using ECVET in Leonardo Mobility

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 »


Thematic Networking: Learning From Each Other

Recently we wrote about our  forthcoming Thematic Networking event. At each of these events we invite a range of decision-makers and education professionals from across the UK to attend and look in detail at recent policy developments during the day.

As part of each event we hold a series of workshop sessions that look, in detail, at four cross-cutting themes. The discussions during these workshops will inform future decisions with the wider professional networks of the group, both in the UK and across Europe. While attendance at these events is by invitation only, everyone who recieves funding from our projects can still get involved by reading, and disseminating, the outcomes from the event. Read the rest of this entry »


Thematic Networking event: active citizenship, employability and an ageing UK

You may have read Emma’s recent post on Older People’s Day on the 1 October and the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012). What does an ageing population mean to the UK? What does it mean for employability and active citizenship? Our next Thematic Networking event will look into this topic in more detail from a UK perspective.

The forthcoming event, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on the 29 November, will bring together over 60 policy makers and Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) project practitioners. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from Brian Keating, from the Department for Work and Pensions , on work currently being undertaken on active ageing by the UK Government. Read the rest of this entry »


Erasmus for All…..MEPs propose a new name

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 »


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