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Birmingham and Black Country Creative Consortium 2
Start date: Jul 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Gecko Programmes, in Birmingham and Wolverhampton, delivers training to people who are or aim to be employed in the creative and services sectors. Gecko is leading a consortium of FE colleges in Birmingham and the Black Country with numerous college sites across all of Birmingham and also includes Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Stourbridge and Kidderminster in the Black Country.This project sends 148 learners who are studying or have completed studying a curriculum relevant to the creative and services sectors to Spain, Italy or Germany for 22 days, 40 days or 60 days.We will also send 7 staff from the UK consortium members for work shadowing with EU partners, and also host 5 staff from the EU partners with consortium members for teaching assignments within our VET organisations. In Europe, the project works with our five receiving partners, who each deliver our Enterprise and Employability curriculum in a manner common across the projects, and monitor progress and recognise achievements in a manner common across the project.The project is innovative; connecting a network of UK VET organisations in the Midlands to leads of VET networks in our destination nations.During the mobilities the learner participants will develop their enterprise skills and employability and take part in a work placement with one of the partners. This will develop their skills and competences in marketing, event management, tourism, creative production, exhibitions and promotions, restoration, export management and leisure.The participants will develop a wider awareness of the chosen industry, improve their transferable vocational and soft skills, demonstrate initiative, build entrepreneurship, confidence and self-esteem, declare aspiration through their career development plans (job prospects) and improve their language skills and cultural awareness.We aim to boost employability, with participants gaining the sparkle they need to compete in the current job market - attaining the job they want, and being able to manage their own career development as a citizen of Europe. This economic activity benefits communities - communities looking inward upon themselves and gaining cohesion with active players, and looking outwards as a community or people, projects and employing organisations that each gain an European perspective.We build on Learning Plans by devising individual development plans that declare goals for self-development and ways of working in new teams and for new projects. Learners are supported to be entrepreneurial and to gain confidence and presentation skills.The project lays the foundation stones for a Birmingham and Black Country consortium that comes to include all FE colleges and their sites . Gecko and three of the college partners established the consortium in 2015, and and now joined by two more FE colleges.The project impacts upon all consortium members, supporting them to develop their own European Development Plans and to enhance the curriculum and the learning experience. The project included a two day staff training event at the commencement of the project, familiarising the consortium members with the processes and tools used to administrate and validate individual mobilities.

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