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SKILLS PCE - Skills Training and Competences in Post Compulsory Education
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This small scale project will enable selected adult staff from across the wide ranging curriculum offer and support services of Lancaster & Morecambe College to undertake CPD, short training or job shadowing overseas with established training and research centres across Europe. Objectives CPD is a vital part of the personal and professional development of all staff at Lancaster and Morecambe College and every effort is made to validate and match that experience with the individual and departmental needs. As well as giving the staff member vital training in their specific field, it is also expected that this opportunity will give them cultural insight and a personal experience that will stay with them for the rest of their careers. Profiles The project compliments current mobility projects with the inclusion of new destinations to maximise the impact on the whole organisation and benefit a wider range of adult staff. In this application LMC are applying for 13 x 5 day trainings or job shadowing to broaden their horizons and contribute to personal and professional development. Quality The outgoing numbers are balanced to ensure realistic quality and consistency for all participants in the first ever dedicated LMC staff mobility application. Selection criteria will be managed at a senior level and in line with current LMC procedures. The areas selected for staff training and CPD represent small and manageable numbers to ensure the end result and if successful can be scaled up, increasing the number of outgoing placements. Activities The placements are negotiated and developed between the International Team, LMC managers, service sections and host organisations. This is a continual process to help refine the activities for future participants and improve the projects. The emphasis is on industrial updating and CPD and in all instances there are opportunities for preparation training and linguistic preparation. The training and shadowing periods are typically 5-7 days. This is the optimum time based on staff and past feedback over recent mobility projects. Mobility dates will be confirmed well in advance of the activity and shared with the wider college, usually after the first term. In all projects a timetable of activities is agreed in advance and worked out by key staff and the hosts who manage the training. This ensures a realistic and manageable project with all expectations and requirements clearly laid out. This design of the programme is often adapted for specific needs of participants with specific skill sets. Results and impact LMC is situated in a deprived area. Staff and students are often from poor areas and its typical staff/student profile is one of very little exposure to different cultures and little or no experience of travelling away from the region, at least for for work. This project will provide a tremendous opportunity for broadening participant's horizons and developing an appreciation of European Citizenship as well as introducing new techniques, methods and innovations for the workplace. Long Term Benefits After each visit the participant will feedback their experience to the European Committee at LMC. This is when the real feelings and benefits are shared with the wider college. LMC OFSTED and QAA reports have cited international mobility experiences as improving and contributing to positive culture of the college.
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