As a National Agency we’ve learnt a lot running the ECVET Experts project. Since January 2012, over 70 organisations have met with Experts across the UK for free to learn more about the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET). They have been able to discuss how ECVET principles can be implemented to recognise learners’ achievements.
If you’re starting out on your Leonardo Mobility journey, thinking about how you can keep up-to-date with current practices, or wanting to improve your established systems our top tips on implementing ECVET could be useful to you.
Top Tip 1: Plan, plan, plan!
It’s really useful to identify learning outcomes that you expect to be achieved during placement. If your learners are working towards a qualification have a look to see if there’s any specific units learners can undertake, or work towards.
Keeping good communication open with your learners and partners is another top tip. You might already have a Partner Agreement in place but have you thought about stepping it up to a Memoranda of Understanding? This is an agreement between you and your partner about procedures, methods of assessments and can cover more than one mobility period. Training Agreements can also be exchanged for, or made more in line with, a Learning Agreement between the learner, partner and your organisation setting out what will happen, the expectations of the learner and what they should expect in terms of assessment and recognition and validation. Have a look at our ECVET-Mobility glossary for more on the differences between ECVET and Leonardo Mobility documents.
This week, we’re looking at making partnerships possible in Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Partnerships are changing, but there are still many relevant lessons to be learned from the LLP. To help guide you through these changes, one of our Transfer of Innovation projects shares their flexible approach to partnership working along with other tips for future aspects of partnerships in Erasmus+.
The key to partnerships in the new programme is flexibility. But what benefits can this bring? Made possible under Key Action 2, Co-operation and Innovation for Good Practices, projects will be able to not only work across all sectors, but set their own activities and work plans in line with policy. Smaller organisations will also be more involved as different sized partnerships will be available for any organisation working in education, training and youth. In the future one organisation will lead the partnership, similar to the current model used in Transfer of Innovation Projects. So looking ahead to Erasmus+ we asked Lisa McMullan, development manager at The Women’s Organisation, to share the benefits of being lead partner in the E-Business Enterprise Learning project which develops learning resources to support women-led small businesses…
Erasmus+ the new education, training, youth and sport programme, aims to improve the skills and employability of Europe’s generations, through providing a range of mobility opportunities to study and train abroad. To take you through some of the key changes to mobility in the new programme, we thought we would ask an experienced promotor to share the benefits they have already seen from adopting organisation-led mobility, and some of the other new features of mobility in Erasmus+…
“We see prints but are they too big to be an Arctic fox? Could it be a wolverine…?” Leonardo Mobility projects provide many opportunities for staff, job seekers and apprentices with opportunities to enhance their skills. We take a look at one project which offers unique European work placements in the field of ecology – so wrap up warm and join us as we travel to Norway and hear some participants experiences after taking part in a breeding programme for the elusive arctic fox…
AMBIOS, a group of professional environmental scientists and educators is currently running its sixth Leonardo Mobility project. With partners from six countries working in ecology and wildlife conservation the project provides mobilities for participants to gain practical skills and experience in up-to-date ecological practices. This leads to enhanced educational, practical and language skills as well as aiding career development. A range of mobilities are on offer from barn owl tracking in Hungary to locating bison at the Mammal Research Institute in Poland.
What did the placement involve?
This particular mobility placement, in conjunction with the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norway’s leading institution for applied ecological research, saw a group of hardened participants travel to take part in an Arctic Fox reintroduction programme in Oppdal, central Norway, where the ‘Vulpes lagopus’ are native to the arctic parts of the northern hemisphere.
From the Houses of Parliament to St Paul’s Cathedral, London has some of the world’s most historic landmarks. But how do you make such prestigious heritage sites accessible for all in the 21st century? One of our Grundtvig projects has been looking at just that and the importance of inclusive design.
‘Universal Design: Barrier-Free Environment was a two-year Grundtvig partnership between disability and access organisations from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain and the UK. The project aimes to promote inclusive design and help local authorities improve access to their towns and public spaces. The Centre for Accessible Environments, (CAE), a leading authority on inclusive design was the UK partner and tells us more about the project…