MASTERING THE FUTURE: International Encounters on Vocational Education and Training

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Mastering the future

The International Conference about Technical and Vocational Education and Training has been organized by The Deputy Ministry for Vocational Education and Training in Donostia-San Sebastián on the 15th and 16th of June 2016.

The objective of the conference was to analyse the Basque Technical and Vocational Education and Training System, as well as to analyse the changes that will take place as a consequence of the implementation of industry 4.0 in the manufacturing processes.
Another important aim of the event was to receive from the European Commission a feedback on the policies and activities organized for the period 2016-2020.

The main point of the conference were the following:

  • Executive and Creative intelligence
  • Technological Evolution and social Change
  • Outcomes of the Vocational Education and Training System in the Basque Country.

The New Skills Agenda for Europe has been launched by the European Commission

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The highly interactive event to launch the New Skills Agenda for Europe offered to Capacitybuilders interesting opportunities to network and build partnerships for skills.

The actions of the New Skills Agenda focus on improving the quality and relevance of skills formation, making skills and qualifications more visible and comparable, as well as improving skills intelligence and information for better career choices.

The commitment of Europe in this issue unfortunately faces a number of challenges as e.g.:

– an unacceptably high proportion of Europeans still struggling with reading and writing,

– a 30% of higher education graduates working in jobs which do not need a university qualification,

– too few people with the preparation, mind-sets and competences to set up their own businesses or look for new opportunities.

For this reason the Commission adopted a new and comprehensive Skills Agenda for Europe on 10 June 2016 New Skills Agenda for Europein which ten actions have been proposed to help equip people with better skills.

The launch event gathered an audience from a wide spectrum of employment and education stakeholders and featured high-level speakers from European and international institutions.

Aracne Euroevent. Innovation in vocational training, empowerment and social entrepreneurship.

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The European Conference on Innovation in professional Training, Empowerment and Social Entrepreneurship was organized the last 23 June 2016 by CSCS, Fam and Lias and Blickpunkt Identität under the slogan #repensandolainsercion.

In the conference, CSCS gave a presentation on 'Socio-Labour Insertion in Europa. Success, limitations and challenges' and was included also in the two sessions on the 'Sample of Experiences' dedicated to success Keys within the labour insertion processes.

The event was carried out by the Aracne Project funded by the ERASMUS + program and aimed at designing an innovative methodology in the field of employment of groups with social disadvantage.

The methodological proposal of ARACNE has been developed from the study of innovative projects in the field of social and labor integration at an European level, identifying those processes that generate permanent changes in target people and in the the working environment in which they operate.

The work done by Javier Morales is an example of methodological excellence.

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Javier Morales Lapuerta

Javier is a veteran of its profession and helped thousands of young people without families through the Children’s Residence ‘Parla’ of Madrid.
The residence comprises an educational team working on the socialization of children and adolescents and on their inclusion in groups related to leisure activities, sport, art and urban and intercity camps. Educators are also committed to design additional activities, many of them aimed at promoting creativity.
Children are attended every day of the year by an educational team composed by professionals specialized in residential care. Their work consist in taking care of young people and supporting their families in overcoming the dysfunctions that led to the measure of protection.
The work done by Javier and his team of experts is very high quality and extremely professional. Operators are increasingly facing problems with the support of the group and their work is an example of methodological and exceptional human excellence.

Eurehabchildren team visited HMYOI Cookham Wood in Rochester UK

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During the 4TH PROJECT MEETING hosted by Diagrama Foundation the next MAY 12, 2016, the Eurehabchildren team discussed the training standards for the creation of teaching materials for the operators of the juvenile detention institutions. The project is coordinated by Provest consulting Ankara.
CSCS, represented by Ana Maria Sarateanu and John Crisonà, is responsible for developing the training package produced from Eurehabchildren team.
Diagrama Foundation, who hosted the meeting, is a charity that takes care of the needs of vulnerable people experiencing social difficulties, with the defence and promotion of human rights at its heart. It focuses on the core values of being non-judgemental, providing care and empathy and accepting each child or young person as a unique individual.
On this occasion, the Eurehabchildren team also visited the HMYOI Cookham Wood prison in Rochester, one of four establishments of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) commission from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to provide specialist custodial places for young people aged 15 – 18.
Within NOMS, the Young People’s Estate has responsibility for the management and operational delivery of all under – 18 Young Offender Institutions (YOIs). The vision of the Young People’s Estate is: "To give young people the best chance to turn their lives around by providing them with safe, decent and secure environments that focus on education and personal development and empower them to make positive change, successfully return to the community and lead law-abiding lives."