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Grant for Learning Opportunities in european Countries Aimed at promoting Local development
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project GLOCAL 2015 (Grant Opportunities for Learning in european Countries Aimed at promoting local development) fits the local, regional (Campania) context where has arisen which is particularly affected by the problem of youth unemployment. According to ISTAT (National Institute of Statistics), the main supplier of official statistical information in Italy, most recent national accounts data for the third quarter of 2014, the unemployment rate for the population aged 15 and older for both genders is of 20.29%. The situation does not improve when it comes to the region’s economic base largely composed of SMEs constantly encountering difficulties in recruiting adequately trained and specialised human resources. In this direction mobility action works, contributing to the growth of the local area in terms of employability, qualifying human resources, transfer of know-how acquired during the very professional work experience gained abroad through the Erasmus Plus programme. The objectives are: -guaranteeing valid and qualifi(yng)ed transnational working internships yielding positive effects on the curriculum of the beneficiaries and on an innovative and professional training-working system (economy/entrepreneurial); -to improve the quality and development of the European cooperation in the field of vocational education and training (scholastic/post-scholastic education sector); -to increase opportunities for professional mobility within the EU promoting the knowledge of a different workplace than the ones prevailing in the beneficiaries’ country of origin, improving tools and methodologies to meet demand and supply of qualifications; -to promote an on-the-job training pattern created by assessing and addressing the training needs in the given local context; -to improve the level of involvement of the entrepreneurial business and educational community, facilitating diffused connections, characterised by permanent and not occasional interactions, and investing on a young and “unprovincial” workforce; -to consolidate the concept of active citizenship promoting a sense of belonging to a European “We”; -to acquire know-how in the aerospace sector exploitable in the European context for the participation as support to the operations of ISS (International Space Station) and Exploration Program and in projects collaborating with companies and Research centers in Europe; -to contribute enrichment/integration of "Repertorio di qualifiche professionali" in Campania Region, through the individuation of specific key competences in the aerospace sector by the valorisation of mobility experiences. The participants will be 150 youngs and recent high school graduates (students who have graduated within the last 12 months) of a VET school and living in Campania. As beneficiaries of the project they will carry out work experiences in the following European countries: United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland, Belgium. The methodology for implementing the project meets the criteria of mutual support, mutual ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the project; it is a methodology that will involve all the partners and even the beneficiaries. The main tasks and responsibilities distributed among the applicant and the Consortium are: -identification of the hosting companies and definition of the training agreement; -selecting and booking of flight round trip tickets; -finding and renting of accommodation for the participants; -organising the airport transfer service to/from the participants’ homeplace/country of destination; -insurance coverage for employment-related accidents and civil liability; -pocket money as a monetary contribution to cover meals and local transfers; -continuous monitoring and tutoring of project action. The project results imply for beneficiaries (the ‘trainees’) the encounter with and “on field” experimentation of a labor market of European dimension, in order to further transfer the knowledge acquired during the work placement abroad once back to their country of origin. The participation in a 120 days (4 months) stay abroad will allow the beneficiaries (trainees) to acquire and develop an in-depth knowledge of the lifestyle of the host country increasing his/her curricular, cultural and professional baggage (the improvement and enrichment of language skills in general and, more specifically, the technical-specialised sub-vocabularies). An impact of relevant importance given by the project implementation is closely related to the partnership put in place with positive effects combining the strengthening of an already existing cooperation and the expansion of new opportunities for regional and European cooperation. Most of the results and impacts above mentioned will produce advantages and long-term benefits highlighted as follows: increased self-confidence, self-esteem and professional autonomy awareness of the trainees; availability of an appropriately skilled workforce for local/foreign potential employers.
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