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Broader Horizons
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Point Europa is an independent charity based on the Rame Peninsula, SE Cornwall. Our area is very rural and suffers from social and economic isolation; transport links are poor, training provision is very limited and there are very few jobs directly on the Peninsula. As a result, unemployment, and above all youth unemployment, is very high. "Broader Horizons" aims to support our VET staff, VET learners and recent graduates from training, especially those who are unemployed or under-employed (eg in short-term seasonal work). We want to include candidates with disadvantage (personal and/or socioeconomic). The main objective is to offer our VET staff and learners a valuable and unique new opportunity, through a high-quality training and learning experience in another country. We will accomplish this over the duration of the project by sending: 8 staff members and 16 VET learners to gain new skills and training in 4 VET organizations across Europe. VET staff sometimes find that it is difficult to encourage learners into training and into the workplace and our staff will learn new methods, approaches and tools that are used across Europe to increase the up take of VET courses. They will be able to establish what approaches our European partners use to incentive and motivate people to undertake VET courses. Through the job shadowing and training activities within the project our staff will be able to learn new skills, methods, techniques and approaches and cascade this learning through our organisation and consequently the impact and results will be used within the work they do with disadvantaged groups within our community. We operate from an isolated, rural and socio-economically deprived region. There are limited employment and VET training opportunities and the socio-demographic, relative to national statistics is homogeneous. Young and older people alike, can be skeptical about the European Model in itself and can be less that sympathetic to 'others'. Our European mobility strategy has been developed by our staff in order for them to work with VET learners to broaden horizons, develop inter cultural personal and professional competences to combat racism and encourage active citizenship. In addition their knowledge and motivation of their chosen Vocational Training Course will be enhanced due to the new knowledge and experiences they will gain throughout the mobility. In todays difficult economic climate and extremely high youth unemployment these learners will have a unique advantage when seeking to enter into the labour market. Many of our target group, especially the young, have VET training but no or limited work experience. Through "Broader Horizons"we will provide a short but valuable exposure to the specific skills required in their chosen work sector. Successful participation for staff and learners in a transnational project can give participants the base to move on to new training, utilize skills gained and teaching methods, new energy for entering the labour market and perhaps the motivation to start self-employment and entrepreneurship. Through transnational cooperation and partnership, the mutual benefits and impact of "Broader Horizons" will ensure a long lasting and sustainable legacy for future European cooperation projects.
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