5 Top Tips to Recognise Your Learners Achievements

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.

Guidance noteKeeping 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.

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Making partnerships possible in Erasmus+

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+.

E-bel larger with strap and for womenThe 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…

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Making mobility possible in Erasmus+

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+…

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Ecology opportunities in Leonardo

“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…

An artic fox taking a stroll, the population is monitored closely to ensure their survival

An artic fox taking a stroll, the population is monitored closely to ensure their survival

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.

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On the road with the Leonardo team

What has the Leonardo Transfer of Innovation (TOI) team been up to this summer? Laura from the team shares her experience of going on a monitoring visit to  the SET4Work project managed by Siawns Teg and shares what a typical visit involves…

 What are TOI Monitoring and Support Visits?

As well as a busy contracting period, summer for the TOI team means the opportunity to visit some of the live projects we monitor. TOI Monitoring and Support Visits are designed to monitor projects’ progress against set objectives and to support project promoters in meeting those aims. Visits also allow us to capture examples of good practice that other projects might benefit from, discuss the interim report and its requirements and to put some names to faces.

Laura (far left) on the visit

Laura (far left) on the visit

 Where have we been?

Our last stop on our journey up and down the country this summer has been Newtown in the county of Powys in Mid Wales, where my colleague Nicola and I visited the SET4Work project. The coordinating organisation, Siawns Teg, support people who are, or feel, excluded from their local community by providing a range of services including soft skills and pre-work training. Over the past few years, Siawns Teg has also worked with students in initial vocational training and partners from Europe in a number of Leonardo Mobility and Grundtvig Partnerships projects.

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21st century grand designs

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.

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A cruise along the Thames © CAE

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…

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Thank you to our 1,000 followers!

Q: What does the distance in miles from Bristol to Barcelona, the presumed number of legs on a millipede, and the LLP twitter account all have in common?

A: They all come to 1,000!

twitterSince we launched our Twitter account we have sent over 1,900 tweets, been mentioned over 800 times and are proud to announce we now have over 1,000 followers!

We would like to thank all of our projects and promoters who have shared their successes with us through social media. Every day we enjoy seeing your photos, watching your videos and hearing your project news.

We have already had lots to celebrate online as the #EUjourney hashtag from our Making the future possible event where we invited organisations from across the LLP and Youth in Action programmes to celebrate, contribute and continue their learning journey with us was used 224 times. You can see more thoughts from the day in our event Storify.

We hope you will continue to share your successes with us via Twitter and Facebook and also comment on our blog.

So, if you haven’t already done so, follow us on Twitter @llpUKecorys to keep up-to-date with with the latest LLP videos, photos and deadlines as well as information on the new Erasmus+ programme.


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