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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Newt Employment Ltd is a Birmingham based organisation that is active in the labour market and in the fields of education and youth. Newt 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 and 1610) and from the West Midlands (LSF PT and Gecko Programmes). Three of the members deliver Apprenticeships. This project sends 96 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 60 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 The participants will develop a wider awareness of the chosen industry, improve their transferable vocational and soft skills, demonstrate initiative, build entrepreneurship, develop 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 at 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, and monitor progress and recognise achievements in a consistent manner across the project. The project lays the foundation stones for an active leisure consortium that will lead to 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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