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"A step forward in Youth inclusion in Europe: professional exchange about measures and methods
Start date: Apr 7, 2015, End date: Jul 6, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Background of Project: To host training for professionals and experts from Germany and France in Wales, in youth and social work, as well as students volunteers and any other person who is interested in youth work. To develop concepts of European mobility and job opportunities for youths from disadvantaged backgrounds. . This will take place in June 22-26 2015 in Vale of Glamorgan. Accommodation will be at an international institution called Atlantic College UWC on historical castle grounds, and coastal heritage., Accommodation for 5 nights including food . Objectives of project: The exchange aims to raise cultural awareness and understanding of youth work in different countries. • To share engagement tools towards young people NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training) partnership work, and engagement and progression of young people at risk of becoming NEET. • Participants will learn about the lead worker role in Wales and similar roles in respective countries, and the involvement of the voluntary sector • Gain training and networking opportunities, best practice, confidence building •Activities include ice breakers introductions, presentations from partnerships, and the Vale youth service, and local projects to engage young people NEET. Accommodation, food, travel, translation, communication, support for getting to destination, ensuring we have supplies of correct outdoor wear for any activities. Ensuring we meet any dietary requirements, overcome language barriers , respect cultural differences, Timetable and agenda in place for the whole duration of the stay, clear communication using simple English for instructions and for basic housekeeping, and activities. The timetable outlines presentations from each country on their organisations and work they carry out to engage young people Not in Education Employment or Training, visits to the local training provider that engage with young people, and a visit to the Vpod Bus this is an outreach mobile provision for young people, used for outreach work. Activities will also include workshops on the Lead Worker Role, and taking part in 'What About Today' at the end of each day, professionals will be able to share their experience of the day and any issues and feedback. This will also encompass as part of the evaluation process. We envisage that the exchange will impact on knowledge and best practice shared, to enable professionals and experts to apply different methods of engaging young people Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET) in their home countries, we are especially keen to see if they have an early identification system and whether they would be inspired to create one in their schools, or colleges to identify young people people at risk of becoming NEET, and adopting the lead worker role. We will keep in contact and monitor any progress made by our international partners, and strengthen relationships for future work.

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