European Vocational Skills Week 2017
You will be aware that during October the NCGE FET Guidance Programme Coordinator was involved in the highly successful Léargas/Eurodesk Ireland, EuroGuidance & NCGE FET led cooperative mobility ‘Time to Move’ campaign. The TTM campaign saw four regional Information & Guidance events happen around Ireland. The events were part of collaborative efforts the NCGE FET Guidance Programme Coordinator engaged in to build the communication between Guidance Services, Counsellors, Information providers and all those involved in disseminating information and providing Guidance in the FET arena. The TTM campaign’s main task was to bring this information to young people via youth organisations, youth information centres, Adult Information & Guidance Services, Further Education & Training Programmes and all people who work with young people in non-formal and formal education settings. The campaign aimed to raise awareness about European opportunities for services and staff who provide supports for young people in ‘hard to reach’ settings. The events successfully provided information regarding the many opportunities for young people from Ireland in Europe and the TTM events provided a great opportunity to exchange information and start/ enhance meaningful cooperation between Eurodesk multipliers, adult and secondary school guidance counsellors, Youthreach and CTCs, ETB youth officers, INTREO offices, LES, JobClubs, PLC & FET Guidance, and relevant information networks.
Today, the NCGE FET Guidance Programme Coordinator is delighted to support ‘Discover Your Talent – European Vocational Skills Week 2017’ 20-24 November.
We want to draw attention to the mobility of VET learners and quality apprentices. We want to boost partnerships between businesses and VET providers. And we want to bring the spotlight on sectoral approaches to address skills mismatches and respond to rapidly changing skill needs, as a means to foster innovation, competitiveness and excellence. Both issues are central to Erasmus+. Europe is celebrating the 30th anniversary of this successful platform for European and international mobility and cooperation - European Commissioner, Marianne Thyssen.
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for the years 2014 to 2020. It provides funding and support for organisations to operate projects consistent with its objectives and which encourage European exchange, co-operation and learning. Erasmus+ is funded by the European Union through the contributions of member states, including Ireland. Funding of almost €170 million has been allocated to Ireland for the duration of the programme. Erasmus+ is open to private or public organisations active in the fields of adult education, higher education, school education, sport, vocational education and training, and youth and community work, in any participating country.
KA1 ‘Mobility’ in this context simply means physical travel from one country to another for the purpose of learning or professional experience. This action therefore allows organisations to send staff, trainers, students, or young people to other European countries to undertake a dedicated period of learning or professional experience, such as job shadowing, training, volunteering, or gaining work experience.
KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (Strategic Partnerships): This encourages organisations across Europe to form strategic partnerships with each other to develop and use innovative methods in teaching, training, and youth work, and to share these results with the wider community. Note that two other actions possible under KA2, Knowledge Alliances and Sector Skills Alliances, are managed centrally by DGEAC.
KA3 Support for Policy Reform: This action is open to the Youth field only and supports dialogue between young people and policy makers. Each Key Action is subdivided by the sector involved, as the application procedure and rules differ for each field. For in-depth information about Erasmus+, download the European Commission’s Programme Guide.