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E.M. Project
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

REY Europe is a Social Enterprise and not-for-profit organisation based in central London. We deliver a range of projects related to employment, training and the provision of work based learning opportunities. Our projects aim to address the emerging skills gaps across a variety of sectors by providing direct support to unemployed people, and facilitating work placement opportunities in Europe and the UK as well as wider strategic work to address emerging skills gaps within projected areas of economic growth. We actively pursue projects to support those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. The E.M. project aims to address the labour market needs within the UK's Event Management sector. The project will address the existing skills gaps and raise standards of training in order to meet projected levels of expansion and replacement demand within the sector. The project provides an experiential learning opportunity for participants and an international experience for young people who have not previously had the chance to travel, developing their professional and personal competences and better equipping them for entry into the labour market. REY Europe will be working with several UK based FE colleges to recruit young people who are working towards a Level 3 Event Management NVQ. These students will typically be between 17 - 19 years of age and it is very unlikely that they will have lived overseas or lived independently (away form their family home), prior to their involvement in the project. REY Europe has proven experience of working with this target group and providing a structured and supported Mobility experience. The project is expected to run for 24 months, from January 2015 to December 2016, with 10 planned flows of participants. Each flow will recruit a cohort of 10 learners who will spend 6 weeks in their overseas placements. The Mobility will take place in Tenerife, and learners will be hosted in the area of Arona. The learners will be placed in small groups in work placements within Tenerife. The placements are all local tourist focussed organisations whose daily activities involve arranging and delivering a variety of small to medium sized events, predominantly targeting holidaymakers and corporate events, but also includes some that are focussed towards the local community. The work placements will provide the learners with first hand experience of the process of organising events within a company. The events are varied and as well as understanding operational planning, event set up/breakdown, health & safety requirements etc. the learners will also gain customer service experience and develop their confidence working in a cross cultural environment. Students will receive 2 days of face to face training in the UK prior to their departure; once abroad the learners will receive an in-country orientation by a REY Europe representative who will be based in Tenerife throughout the Mobility to ensure that there is full pastoral support available to help with any learner needs. An Accompanying Person form the partner VET colleges will also stay with the group for the first 5 days of the Mobility. Prior to the Mobility, learners will be supported to develop an individual Learning Agreement and a set of Learning Outcomes, which will be shaped by the job description that they have been given by their placement host. These will be defined within the context of the ECVET framework. The learners will be supported in-country by a line manager within the placement, who will conduct regular review meetings with the learners to chart their progress; the line manager will verify the achievement of Learning Outcomes that have been achieved during the Mobility and will demonstrate these within a Europass Mobility certificate. The intended impact of this mobility is that students will gain first hand work experience, intercultural experience and personal development that will strengthen their position in the labour market and their workplace readiness. It is hoped that the students will develop personal and professional confidence, an understanding of the European labour market and a set of transferable skills that will better prepare them for employment, giving them a competitive edge when seeking employment and an international outlook. In the short term, this will be evident through the successful completion of Learning Outcomes. We also plan to monitor and evaluate the impact of the mobility of the longer term by looking at participants future career pathways and how the mobility has supported their progression to employment. The anticipated impact for participating organisations is that their European networks and international outlook will be developed and strengthened, so that they are able to offer similar opportunities to future students and are more engaged and connected to the European labour market.
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