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Moving Feet Opening Minds
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Moving Feet Opening Minds is a large scale VET and staff mobility project which will mobilise 353 people over a two year period. The project will mobilise both outgoing (38) and incoming (22) vocational training staff in parallel to level 1 and level 3 NVQ/diploma students and apprentices.Moving Feet Moving Minds is co-ordinated by Everything is Possible and includes five further UK VET training partners in the consortium, Askham Bryan College (one of the leading land-based colleges in the UK and the largest provider of specialist land-based further education in England) Kirklees College, (one of the biggest colleges in the country offering land based and animal care courses at their dedicated Taylor Hill centre, carpentry, motor mechanics, sport and hairdressing at its Dewsbury sites) Pro-Co NW (a Wigan based training provider offering opportunities in animal care, carpentry, motor mechanics, sport and hair & beauty study programmes, apprenticeships and work based learning) i2i a work based, apprenticeship and NVQ provider working across all disciplines and Prestige training a provider specialising in motor-mechanics and metalwork. This two year project will offer trainees, apprentices and staff placements in the field of • Sports Coaching – with Youth in the Town Martinique working in two sports clubs and across high-school and primary school provisions and with IDEUM offering winter sports with local government partners managed under the same subsidiary structure• Motor mechanics placements in Spain co-ordinated by Agora in Valencia• Animal care and veterinary studies with The National Cat Society, Malta Trust and Mediteraneo Marine Park based in Malta, The Donkey Sanctuary and Contreras Veterinary Services located in Aruba, IDEUM Sami reindeer project in Sweden and KUTEREVO bear sanctuary Croatia. • Carpentry and metalwork placements with IDEUM Sweden and Youth in the Town in Martinique• Hair & Beauty placements with Agora Cultural SpainPlacements will host alone or in co-operation with the other partner in their location, depending on the identified learning needs of the participant. Trainees experiences will be determined by the course they are studying in the UK and their learning aims identified either through CPD activities or through a mobility passport during preparation of trainees and apprentices. Sixty strategic, management, guidance, teaching/training staff will have the opportunity to undertake job shadowing and training assignments in one of the partner countries, where they will work within the host projects, to inspire them, help them develop new knowledge about the vocational practices of these countries, experience working hands on with them and also share skills they have already developed in their own institution. 227 trainees/apprentices will be mobilised in small groups supported by 66 accompanying staff who will accompany two week placements for the full duration and longer placements for at least a week.Moving Feet Opening Minds contributes to the international plan of all the UK organisations and offers international partners opportunities to internationalise their organisations. All partners will be involved in two direction mobility. The significant results anticipated through this project are, increased co-operation between UK/European VET training providers/colleges/companies, increased awareness of professionals from partner organisations in VET practices in wider Europe, for UK learners with fewer opportunities, and the possibility to increase confidence, life and work experience and employability skills in UK learners in addition to the wealth of vocational sector knowledge and experience which will be shared amongst trainees, apprentices and staff alike. It is anticipated that this project will contribute towards new and improved teaching methods and raised awareness within the colleges and training providers and an increase in knowledge in the Erasmus+ programme to partners in the UK, Aruba, Malta, Sweden, Croatia, Martinique and Spain. It is also anticipated that partners will build on this collaboration to create future collaboration projects, to continue to share and develop good practice in the fields of VET.

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