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Foster Access to Vet Mobility for
Youngsters with SEN

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Programme: Erasmus + KA2

Project number: 2019-1-IT01-KA202-007790

Duration: 01/10/2019 – 30/09/2021 (extended – 30/06/2022

Lead Partner: FORTES Impresa Sociale (Italy)

Partners: 

• European Association for Innovation and Growth (Bulgaria)

• Institute Perspectives (Bulgaria)

• AFORMAC (France)

• Obra Social y Montede Piedad de Madrid (Spain)

• North West Academy of English Limited (Ireland)

• SEMPER AVANTI (Poland)

Qualo training & mobility, s.r.o. (Czech Republic)

PROJECT SUMMARY:

Having an experience abroad is a common dream of many students in Europe. The Erasmus Plus program offers the opportunity to travel around Europe and discover new places and new cultures. Experiences abroad are gratifying and provide young people with skills useful for their future. Students with disabilities would like to have the same opportunities of their peers. Even though the Erasmus Plus program is open to all, students with special needs may find some barriers in accessing to mobility opportunities.

The general objective of the project is to foster the participation to VET mobility opportunities for youngsters with special needs, easing their transition to the labour market and their social integration. Besides this general objective, the project pursues two specific objectives.

Specific objectives: The first one is to establish or reinforce cooperation among VET providers from other European countries in order to exchange experiences. The second one is to develop local partnerships among learning institutions, businesses and intermediary bodies and raise awareness on topics such as social inclusion, non-discrimination and equity.

Target group: youngsters aged 16-20 with special needs already enrolled in educational or training paths. Our project will focus on the first two categories, which are: learners with disabilities, namely students with disabilities or impairments viewed in medical terms as organic disorders attributable to organic pathologies and learners with difficulties, namely students with behavioral or emotional disorders, or specific difficulties in learning.

Agriculture for Youth

GENERAL INFORMATION: Programme: Erasmus + KA1 Project number: 2019-2-TR01-KA105-078745 Duration: 01/08/2019 – 31/01/2021 Lead Partner: Entrepreneurship for Everyone and Innovation Association (Turkey) Partners:  • European Association for Innovation and Growth (Bulgaria) • Academy of Entrepreneurship Astiki Etaireia  (Greece) • ORGANOSI GI (Greece) • OVER (Latvia)

• Teknik Tarım (Turkey)

  PROJECT SUMMARY: In today’s world, an innovative approach to agriculture and the development of individuals who are involved in agricultural activities can be effectively achieved by the active use of technology. Especially for young farmers, using efficient and innovative production methods, to enable them reaching new national and international market opportunities, studying innovative practices in agriculture and transferring innovation from developed countries so that they can take advantage of technology effectively as a remarkable local development model. The general objective  is to introduce employment opportunities to unemployed young people in the field of agriculture and to gain new skills to increase their employability and entrepreneurship in this field. Specific objectives: • To Include 45 unemployed young people between the ages of 18 and 30 from 4 countries; • To make unemployed youth aware of employment and entrepreneurship; opportunities in agriculture. • To develop skills of youth to increase their entrepreneurship in agriculture; • To ensuring the exchange of knowledge, experience, and good practices through individuals or experts in this field; • To ensure that young people get inspired by successful entrepreneurs and have the self-confidence to create change • To inform the participants about the Erasmus + Program and learn how to benefit from employment and entrepreneurship supports; • To ensuring cultural change among young people in 4 countries and breaking down possible prejudices. Target group: •  18-30 aged youth with economic obstacles; • 25-30 aged youth who want to be agriculture entrepreneur; • 25-30 aged people who are agriculture entrepreneurs; • 18-30 aged refugee or immigrant woman (if possible)

Innovative Keys for Social Entrepreneurship: Piloting for VET Providers Readiness Innovative practices in a digital era

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Programme: Erasmus + KA2

Project number: 2020-1-BG01-KA226-VET-095173

Duration: 04/04/2021 – 03/04/2023

Lead Partner: European Association for Innovation and Growth  (Bulgaria)

Partners: 

Aris – professional training and research center (Italy)
Universitat Jaume I de Castellón  (Spain)
Ankara Directorate of National Education  (Turkey)
National Agency for Microcredit  (Italy)
Bulgarian-German VET Center – (Bulgaria)
Associated partner:
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (Bulgaria)
PROJECT FRAMEWORK:
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closing of education and training institutions all over the world, several initiatives have been taken to ensure continuity of the learning and teaching through this period. To capture the variety of initiatives that have been undertaken, the European Commission launched an online survey. The survey has been opened on 18th March 2020. For what can be observed a vast number of online courses/learning modules is available. However they are mostly NOT VET specific.
General objectives:
IKSE project will focus on building capacity to implement online, blended, and distance teaching and learning; to develop digital pedagogical competences of VET Actors, Professionals and End Users enabling them to deliver high quality inclusive digital education. Moreover, it will support them in using high-quality digital content such as innovative online resources and tools in the field of Social Entrepreneurship.
Specific objectives:
In first place, to deploy innovative digital tools and methods to deliver quality and inclusive education through online/virtual means, including blended teaching, training and learning. In second place, to support learners, teachers and trainers in adapting to online/ distance learning. In third place, to promote safer and more responsible use of digital technology. And fourthly, to define how to best incorporate digital online technology into subject-specific teaching, training and learning, including work-based learning.
Target groups:
  • Key VET Actors
  • E-learning Designers
  • Trainers /Teachers/ Educators, Tutors
  • VET Providers and Education Institutions
  • Public Bodies Responsible for VET and Education
  • SE Managers and Entrepreneurs
    • Experienced
    • Newcomers
  • Trainers / educators operating in this field
  • Business Developers (also operating within the Incubators and Accelerator Systems)
  • Public Bodies Responsible for SE diffusion and development

Expected results:

  • Toolbox
  • E- learning Training Course for E-learning Designers and VET Key Actors
  • Piloting the System: 4 Drivers for Social Entrepreneurship Key Competencies
  • E-Learning Platform Set Up and Learning Materials Production
  • Roadmap and Policy Recommendation

Take Part: in viaggio per l'Europa per scambiare e creare un nuovo modello formativo per favorire la partecipazione e il welfare aziendale

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Programme: Erasmus + K2

Project number: 2020-1-IT01-KA202-008393

Duration: 1/12/2020 – 31/05/2-23

Lead Partner: National Association for Industry and Tertiary (Italy)

Partners:  European Association for Innovation and Growth (Bulgaria)

Diesis Coop (Belgium)

Der Paritatische (Germany)

LUMSA (Italy)

PROJECT FRAMEWORK: 

The crisis scenario of the western capitalist system and the important elements of economic critics, mainly deriving from two prevalent factors such as the concentration of wealth in the hands of an ever decreasing number of people and the reduction in the number of companies, flanked by the growing presence of oligopolies, together with an employment and wage crisis and an inadequacy of the Western countries “employment policies in addressing such a renewed framework, reiterates the important issues of workers” participation in the management and profit of the company and the concomitant theme of the development of welfare within the companies themselves.
In such a context, characterized by the limited competences of the European Union in terms of employment and social policies that remain in the hands of national governments, it is important to verify the legal framework of legislative reference of the Member States of the European Union to try to develop a comparison, and to be able to know the good practices promoted both at institutional level and at company level by the European companies.
In the various European countries, good practices in favor of employees’ participation and for the improvement of welfare policy are implemented by some companies with positive results in terms of productivity of the companies. However, the partner organizations have highlighted a lack of knowledge of welfare policies and the lack of skills to apply good practices as a problem to be addressed, in order to foster integrated business development, enhancing their ability to respond to changed context.

OBJECTIVES:

In this context, the project aims to support business development and employment growth through a 

training course aimed at employers, staff active in the human resources sector and responsible for corporate welfare and aimed at acquiring skills to ensure greater productivity of companies, reconciling it with the desire to enhance workers’ well-being. To reach this purpose, the project proposes to:
– Carry out an activity of knowledge and collection of the normative and procedural systems of European institutions and business actors on the two identified themes, examining how policies that encourage workers’ participation and welfare development can help companies to be competitive;
– Create and test an educational program, aimed at training employers, staff active in the field of human resources and responsible for corporate welfare, enabling them to acquire skills to apply good practices in their own context;
– Concretely train participants through a process that involves the combination of a theoretical and practical phase and aimed at multiplying the results obtained with the contexts of origin;
– Product and publish guidelines that give normative references and contain an integrated collection of good practices aimed at encouraging a greater participation and the improvement of company welfare.

ARGENTUM - Strategic competencies for Silver Economy

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Programme: Erasmus + KA2

Project number: 021-1-BG01-KA220-VET-000029820

Duration: 01/11/2021 – 01/11/2023

Lead Partner: European Association for Innovation and Growth  (Bulgaria)

Partners: 

Sofia Municipality (Bulgaria)
Aris – professional training and research center (Italy)
Universitat Jaume I de Castellón  (Spain)
Medardas Cobotas University of the Third Age (Lithuania)
Lights (Latvia)
PROJECT FRAMEWORK:

A report of the European Commission highlights that by 2070, 30.3% of the population is projected to be aged 65 years or older and 13.2% is projected to be aged 80 years or older. The Green Paper on Ageing issued by the European Commission in January 2021 reports that the silver economy is expected to grow by about 5% a year from EUR 3.7 trillion in 2015 to EUR 5.7 trillion in 2025 and therefore it will open up new job opportunities in many sectors.

Given this framework, it is clear that we should update the labour market to the elderly’s needs, starting from addressing the lack of skills concerning today’s companies, local authorities and the non-governmental sector.

General objectives:

ARGENTUM project wants to promote the concept of Silver economy, which, despite the demographic trend mentioned above, is not very well known among private and public entities.

The main objective of the project is to create an Innovative Cluster for Silver economy with the aim to provide tailor made training courses, enhance collaboration and give visibility to all the relevant actors for the sector.

In the cluster will participate companies and service providers, which operate in Information technology, Welfare, Health&Care, Tourism, Leisure/Sport and Education (the 7 markets of Silver Economy).

Specific objectives:

ARGENTUM project  promotes innovation and Silver economy and  create bridges between researchers, policy makers, business, education, local governments and civil society. Throughout the project, the consortium wants to create a favorable environment for development of Silver economy and the institutional, academic, business and civil entities must be prepared to turn the challenge of an ageing population into an opportunity.

Target groups:
  • Economic and business fabric (from product companies, distribution channel, service companies, associations and other entities in general) that targets the market segment of seniors (the 7 markets of Silver Economy)
  • Trade union Association, Chamber of commerce, Brach associations
  • Business Developers ( Incubators and Accelerator Systems)
  • Public Bodies/Local governments Responsible for social policy, economy, health care, tourism, IT technologies,
  • Leisure/Sport and Education
  • Public Bodies Responsible/Local governments for Innovation diffusion and development
  • Service providers: Information technology, Welfare, Health & Care Tourism, Leisure/Sport and Education
  • Associations for third age
  • Development agencies
  • Universities
  • European organisations dealing with silver economy
  • Policy makers at local/regional/national/European/International level

Project results:

  • Mapping and creation of innovative Cluster for Silver economy
  • Training course: Integrated innovative services design for ageing people in Information technology, Welfare, Health & Care, Tourism, Leisure/Sport and Education (the 7 markets of Silver Economy)
  • Training course for Local governments: Accelerating innovation in local governments: Innovative social services and supportive measures for well aging
  • E-Learning Platform Set Up and Learning Materials Production

ProCCS: Promoting entrepreneurship and access to finance in the Cultural and Creative Sector

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Programme: Erasmus + KA2

Project number: 2021-1-IT01-KA220-VET-000033352

Duration: 17/01/2022 – 17/01/2024

Lead Partner: Ente Nazionale per il Microcredito (Italy)

Partners:
European Association for Innovation and Growth (Bulgaria)

Euradia Italia SrL (Italy)
Culture action Europe Aisbl (Belgium)

Impact Hub Leipzig GmbH (Germany)

PROJECT FRAMEWORK:

The CCS companies experienced overall positive growth (+4.3%) in most EU countries in the last years and play an important role in the majority of European economies as their share reaches at least 10% in most countries of total companies in the business services sector. Nevertheless, the fact that they face challenges in accessing finance is one of the critical obstacles to their growth

 General objectives:

The ProCCS project aims to support the overall CCS by reinforcing the competences of professionals active in the CCS and connecting CCS professionals with the business and microfinance sector, supporting cultural entrepreneurs in the implementation and financing of their business ideas.

Specific objectives:

To create a European community of mentors who are specialized in providing complete online training and tutoring to professionals active in the Cultural and Creative Sector

To support the development of sense of initiative, managerial and entrepreneurial skills of CCS professionals

To support the development of microbusiness ideas in the CCS by easing the access to credit and funding opportunities

To support financial intermediaries in better understanding of specificity and peculiarity of the CCS and to reinforce their awareness on the economic potential of the sector itself

Target groups:

  • Regional, national, EU public authorities in charge of education and cultural policies (e.g.DG Education and Culture of the EC), Ministries of Culture, UNESCO public bodies, national/EU sectoral networks.
  • Networks of universities and HEIs
  • Financial intermediaries, microcredit/microfinance organisations, business incubators strongly active in the promotion, facilitation, evaluation of the microfinance instruments and activities promoted by the EU
  • CCS umbrella organisations and unions
  • Recent graduates and students in the field of Cultural and Creative Sector
  • The general public (with a particular attention to selected targeted audiences)

Project results:

  • Training course for financial tutors/BDS providers
  • Distance training course addressed to professionals of the CCS
  • Toolkit addressed to financial intermediators to support business start-up in the CCS

Young people and SDGs

Lead Partner:

Plataforma Representativa Estatal de Personas

con Discapacidad Física (Spain)

Partners: 

European Association for Innovation and Growth (Bulgaria)

EUducate (Spain)

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Portugal (Portugal)

4Film ltd (Croatia)

Fare società cooperativa sociale a responsabilità limitata (Italy)

Center for promoting lifelong learning – CPIP (Romania)

PROJECT FRAMEWORK:

During the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Member States agreed to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). The SDGs are to address all three dimensions of sustainable development (environmental, economic and social) and be coherent with and integrated into the United Nations global development agenda. Disability is referenced in various parts of the SDGs and specifically in parts related to education, growth and employment, inequality, accessibility of human settlements, as well as data collection and monitoring of the SDGs, for instance:

  • Goal 4 on inclusive and equitable quality education and promotion of life-long learning opportunities for all focuses on eliminating gender disparities in education and ensuring equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities.
  • Goal 8: to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, the international community aims to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for persons with disabilities.
  • Goal 11 would work to make cities and human settlementsinclusive, safe and sustainable. To realize this goal, Member States are called upon to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety for people with disabilities.
  • Goal 17 Member States are called upon to enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS), which would significantly increase the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data that is also disaggregated by 6 / 41 disability.

The project “Youth and Sustainable Development Goals for the promotion of inclusion of people with disabilities” aims to contribute to the awareness of young people and young people with disabilities on the Sustainable Development Goals, involving young people across the EU to become future active citizens and take part in their decisions

General objectives:
  • To get active civic engagement and participation of young people by promoting dialogue on the 17 SDGs;
  • Enable young people to play an active role for the community and the environment at local, European and international levels.
Target groups:
  • relatives of the youth participants, educators, trainers and youth workers of other organizations
  • directors of other community organizations
  • local and regional public organisations in the field of youth
  • local civil society organisations representing young people as well as people with disabilities or people with fewer opportunities
  • local and/or regional cultural, educational, social and environmental organisations, and organisations in the field of innovation

Project results:

  • Accessible and online Toolkit
  • Pilot action – Development of activities to promote the SDGs, addressed to youth workers.

VITAL-Vocational Innovative Training in support of the fArm to fork strategy impLementation

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Programme: Erasmus + KA2

Project number: 2021-2-PL01-KA220-VET-000050155

Duration: 02/05/2022 – 02/05/2024

Lead Partner: Central European Chamber of Commerce (Poland)

Partners: 

European Association for Innovation and Growth (Bulgaria)

Consorzio Agrituristico Mantovano (Italy)

Packaging Meeting Srl (Italy)

Inercia digital SL (Spain)

Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (Latvia)

Association Viva Sol (Lithuania)

Gábor Behtlen SZKI (Hungary)

PROJECT FRAMEWORK:

As underlined by the European Green Deal, the sustainability issue needs to be tackled on various levels. On the front of the agricultural production, it is possible to identify three fundamental issues:

– farmers’ unpreparedness on EU regulation;

– farmers’ overuse of non-recyclable/reusable packaging;

– farmers’ unpreparedness on digital marketing strategies as a way to reduce food waste.

Through the so-called “Farm to Fork Strategy” the EU is trying to achieve a circular economy, by reducing the environmental impact of the food processing and retail sectors by taking action on transport, storage, packaging and food waste.

General objectives:

The main objective of the project is to train small farmers on European environmental regulation, on the topics of innovative sustainable packaging and digital marketing strategies useful to the implementation of the Farm to Fork approach and the reduction of food waste.

Specific objectives:

  • To increase awareness on the current European norms related to the relation between environmental protection and agriculture (i.e. circular economy, use of fertilizers in agriculture, CO2 emissions in farming, and the Farm to Fork strategy).
  • To provide the beneficiaries with knowledge on the environmental consequences of non-reusable/non-recyclable packaging waste and on feasible, innovative, green solutions that have been developed in recent years.
  • To reduce food waste while increasing small farmers’ profits by sharing the most innovative practices in the field of agricultural marketing. More specifically, the new digital skills are useful to the implementation of sustainable sales methods.
  • To make a step forward towards the green transition within the EU.

Target groups:

  • Economic and business fabric that targets the market segment of food
  • Local governments
  • Trade union Associations
  • Chamber of commerce
  • Brach associations
  • Business Developers
  • Public Bodies/Local governments Responsible
  • IT technologies,
  • Service providers: Information technology, farmers, food, packaging
  • Farmers markets
  • Associations
  • Development agencies
  • Universities
  • European organisations dealing with food and packaging
  • HoReCa

Project results:

  • Introduction to the most recent environmental European regulation
  • Environmental management through sustainable packaging
  • Food waste reduction through digital marketing
  • E-Learning Platform Set Up and Learning Materials Production