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Conventus - Learning system for cooperatives
Start date: Nov 1, 2011,

Conventus - Learning system for cooperatives - is a 24 month proposal for enhancing the entrepreneural skills for people working/planning to work in cooperatives. During the project an innovative learning model will be introduced. The objective of the project is to create greater understanding and knowledge of situation of the cooperatives in Europe among the co-operators themselves to strengthen their self-esteem and cooperative identity and entrepreneurial skills. This will be done through the meetings to learn and develop together with new contacts, using for example ICT to facilitate and give added values to the meetings. The new skills that are required for the cooperative enterprise means updating the competences to assure a better match with labour market needs to contribute to new job creation and to address to society changing (new disadvantaged categories of people, such as demographic change with more older and younger unemployed). These skills will improve the individuals' employment opportunities. The project has target groups and beneficiaries on local/regional, national and EU-level. Short term beneficiaries are groups like: employed, members and tutor/mentors in co-operatives. The most important long-term beneficiaries will be the cooperative organisations and their staff at local, national and international levels who offer training/learning for their membersThe learning model will be a combination of peer-to-peer learning and using of eLearning tools and social media. Transnational cooperation is an important factor in this work. The partnership consists of cooperative developers and networking organisations and universities working with adult education coming from Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Poland and Italy.

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