Celebration of the European Vocational Skills Week with the "mobility learners" gathering in Tuscany in Pistoia - November 16th, 2017 from 5pm at, the Incubator of Pistoia.

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On November 16th, 2017 starting from 5 pm, on the occasion of the European Vocational Skills Week and in the framework of the EYE - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs and mobility programs, students from European vocational schools, apprentices and foreign entrepreneurs who are currently in Tuscany thanks to the support of CSCS - Centro Studi Cultura Sviluppo of Pistoia, will meet at the Incubator, via Niccolò Puccini 80 in Pistoia, together with the Italian entrepreneurs who are hosting them.

Citizens are invited to take part in the event to learn about the mobility opportunities offered by European funds and to hear live success stories  from Italian and foreign entrepreneurs who have benefited from European mobility programs. Students, parents, apprentices and entrepreneurs and anyone else who wants to have direct information on mobility in Europe are invited. This occasion will be useful to highlight the various opportunities for learning mobility within the European Union and to celebrate the most active Italian and foreign entrepreneurs in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program of the European Commission.

The international consortium led by CSCS since 2008 is currently the first in Europe in terms of entrepreneurial exchanges within the EYE program funded by the European Commission. Thanks to the recent signing of a new framework contract with a duration of six years, CSCS has an endowment that will allow financing up to 380 new business exchanges. The consortium, whose management is based in Pistoia, aside from facilitating networking between entrepreneurs, business-to-business contacts and the internationalization of SMEs, provides support for funding and provides local start-ups with various incubation activities and free coworking spaces.

For more information about the event or other activities, please contact Greta Bilanzola: +39 3914245383, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A series of valuable products for resilience training has been created by ‘Resilience’, a project led by Blickpunkt Identität and carried out by a partnership of 9 european institutions

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Resilience’, the project coordinated by Blickpunkt Identität and carried out by CSCS in partnership with other 8 european institutions, has been a relevant experience that helped individuals to ‘bounce back’ from life’s challenges.

Its main objective was to establish “resilience” as a horizontal theme in adult education enabling individuals to adapt to a changing society and labour market requirements and to strengthen self-confidence and personal fulfilment.

Teachers and trainers, as main target group, can find a series of helpful tools for training adults on the web site. Products includes:  

  • a set of Guidelines for introducing resilience into adult education,
  • Selection Box that contains exercises, methods and/or didactic learning approaches where resilience can be included e.g. in language courses, personal development, integration of immigrants, and guidance measures focusing on personal competence development,
  • an Interview Scheme for teachers and trainers to assess resilience and ensure that the needs of their target groups will be addressed effectively,
  • self evaluation questionnaire to reflect your own resilience,
  • an online game to promote the topic resilience

Through resilience training, people can gain important skills like stress management, resource-seeking, flexibility and the ability to face the future in a positive way. Training helps them to extend their ability to take action, see themselves as self-efficient and realise their personal and professional ambitions.

The know how developed along this project will be gladly shared by CSCS and the rest of the partners to support  future projects on this topic.


New materials for professionals working with victims or perpetrators of violence have been produced by the EURehabChildren team

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The EURehabChildren team has produced a series of materials targeted at the training of professionals dealing with victims or perpetrators of violence and operators working in youth centers, prisons and schools.

The materials drafted under the project, include:

Additional information on the project outputs can be found here:

Skillman contribution to the EAFA conference 2017

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The European Commission, Directorate General Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion, Unit E.3 – VET, Apprenticeships & adult learning, has organised the High-Level Meeting of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAFA) on 30 and 31 May 2017 at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), Paola PLA, Valletta in Malta.

The event, aimed to celebrate four years of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships was available on webstreaming and was participated by stakeholders from all over Europe.

The two days meeting was enriched by many speakers from the European Social partners and by Mr James Calleja, Director of Cedefop and Mr Joao Santos, Deputy Head of Unit, DG EMPL. The programme was expecting to identify and design the targets of the Alliance for the next period analysing the state of the art of EafA after four years from Leipzig to Valletta. The highlights about the Alliance experiences and wishes given by the participant stakeholders were full of interesting topics as the conclusion that the apprenticeship has a value for both excellence and inclusion.

The ceremony ended with the signature of new pledges.


Celebrated in Pistoia the European Alliance for Apprenticeship awarding the participants of the skillman piloting courses

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In collaboration with the local Incubator, Skillman has promoted in Pistoia, the Italian capital of culture 2017, the celebration of the European Alliance for Apprenticeship. The event took place the 26th of May and was an opportunity to talk about the apprenticeship schemes and the mobility for learning opportunities including the presentation of the Erasmus Program for Young Entrepreneurs done by the Intermediary Organisation ‘EM – Entrepreneurs Mobility’.

The event, with a large participation of apprentices, companies, schools and other social partners, envisaged speeches by the Deputy Mayor, the company representatives and the apprentices and ended with the delivery of the award certificates and the gadgets to all the students and apprentices participants to the skillman pilotings held in Iitaly.