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FIT FOR EUROPE 2
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 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 private VET organisations who each provide vocational work-based training to young people entering the active leisure sector - fitness instructors, sports and gym coaches, outdoor activity guides, lifeguards, watersports instructors, events stewards and security, and sports event organisers.The consortium members are from the South West (Integer Training,1610 and Blueprint Marine). Two of the members deliver Apprenticeships (Integer Training and 1610), two (Integer Training and Blueprint Marine) deliver initial vocational programmes to young people as new-entrants, and all deliver continuing vocational programmes for the active leisure sector.The project is innovative; connecting a network of UK VET organisations in the South West to leads of VET networks in our destination nations.This project sends 66 learners who are studying or have completed studying a curriculum relevant to the leisure, sports and recreation sector to Spain and Italy for either 22 days or 40 days. During this period the participants will develop their enterprise skills and employability and take part in a work placement with one of the partners, developing their vocational skills in line with their Apprenticeship Frameworks or their vocational qualifications.We will also send 4 staff from the UK consortium members for work shadowing with EU partners, and also host 4 staff from the EU partners with consortium members for teaching assignments within our VET organisations. In Europe, the project works with our 4 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 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 works with three 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 lays the foundation stones for an active leisure consortium that comes to include more private training organisations in the UK delivering this curriculum and engaging with sector employers. 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.
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