Monday, March 12, 2018

Far flung places & home comforts!

Last week the College hosted partners from Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Estonia as part of the Erasmus+ T4TEMP project. The aim of this Erasmus+ KA2 project is to look at the different ways adult educators, youth workers, VET providers, teachers, career counsellors identify, handle and develop learners at risk of becoming NEET. A secondary aim is to develop materials to improve professional competencies and approaches that will have the knock on effect of providing young adults with better assistance and support them to become more employable and to attain their career goals. We had a great meal in The Coulson’s prepared and served by Path and Pathway to Catering Students – everyone was really impressed by the quality of the service, the concept and the food!

The International team are also making great progress with the 7 other partners on the APT – Apprentice Preparation Project. We ran a successful meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania (-21C) where we laid the foundations for the employer, parent and career guidance professional training and tools to help young people secure and retain meaningful employment. The next meeting will be in Lancaster in July when the team will start work on testing tools to help young people ascertain their suitable vocational paths and realistic career goals. Please don’t ask why I am pulling that face! 

Back at base this week, the team have been preparing for the new round of applications for Erasmus+ KA2 partnership projects in school, adult and vocational education. We are excited to be developing new innovation ideas with partners in far flung places such as Croatia, Portugal, Hungary, Sardinia, Malta, Ukraine, France, Corsica, Malta and even Guadalupe!

Whilst we are on the topic of far flung destinations the team are also preparing a Global Challenges Research Fund partnership project application with Lancaster University to work with the Philippines, Ghana and India. The application will seek funding to develop a tripartite pedagogy with support curricula that will enable skills development, reduce inequalities and focus on transitions into meaningful work for young people in groups vulnerable to social exclusion and extend our already fruitful work with Lancaster University on International Projects.

Catch up next week about the Respect4 student visit to Budapest in Hungary, a staff visit to Valencia with a difference and preparation for apprentice KA1 student placements in Aalborg, Denmark - JL

To get an overview of all the live International Projects here at College you can visit us on the main website: or even better, feel free to visit us in D480.

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