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Sustainability through creative entrepreneurship and employability skills
Start date: Jul 1, 2015, End date: Jun 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

C24 Education and Development Centre Limited is a limited company by gaurantee and is led by a management committee and a bank of young volunteers that assist a wide range of organisations to deliver sustainable programmes for young people wishing to use their skills and knowledge to earn an income. Lopez de Santiago Consultores S. L. is an adult education provider since 2007. The organisation receives funding from the Madrid Regional Government to provide non formal education with courses related to elderly care, health and social care and social development through its Vocational Program. Since September 2011, the institution has been authorized as Private College by the Madrid Regional Government and provides education to people between 18 to 60 in K12 education. The institution currently have four education centers in Madrid (Spain) and certified with the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard, with ISO 14001:2004 environmental management standard, and with "Madrid Excelente " Excellence Model 1 (license num.477.s/41/334/10). Both the organisations will bring together both European cultures developed in the northern and southern parts of the Europe. Through researching opinions of youth in both locations we have found that they are not knowledgeable about each other’s culture and traditions, although they have common traditions that can add value to boost the local economies through industries such as tourism arts and crafts and entrepreneurship. Objectives of the project 1. To encourage young people to be active members of their community and to support other young people by improving their social and entrepreneurial skills. 2. To enable youth workers to exchange skills, knowledge, traditions, culture and heritage in the areas of arts and crafts. Two groups of 20 participants (20 per organisation) have been identified and selected. 1) Young people (aged 16-30) , people with a background or interest in agriculture, art and crafts, ICT and creative media, teaching or business. 2) Youth workers/trainers – with an interest in tourism business and arts and craft. All the identified participants are above 18 and they have shown a great commitment through involvement in training and learning opportunities and in participating in the community as volunteers to provideopportunities to the wider community. The mentioned participants expect and to remain active in civil life through starting their own small businesses and volunteering as art and craft tutors, mentors, facilitators or trainers. They are passionate about culture, tradition, heritage and business and have shown a keen interest to participate in this project. These kind of projects offer them the opportunity to learn and develop many transferable skills. Planned working hours will be 6 hours per day, five days of the week and one day for travelling to and from the host organisation. One day will be given for excursions to promote understanding of the regional identity. 1. To provide participants with the opportunity to act as a resource to exchange innovative ways of community engagement. This will be a good way for a better understanding between cultures, religions, ethnic groups and to reduce the occurrence of racism or xenofobia and enhance young people's employability through their community work , art and crafts and entrepreneurship learning opportunities. 2. To encourage the participants (Young People) to be active members of their community and to support and inform others in improving their knowledge and skills. The participants(youth) will also work as trainers to share their knowledge, and encourage new learners, collect the information about gaps in learning provision, combat unemployment through the creation of arts and crafts and new learning opportunities. Methodology to be used in carrying out the project; To offer workshops and seminars with activities focusing on enhancing young people's employability through their community work , art and crafts and entrepreneurship. Class room based learning with practical workshops. To host a conference to encourage young people to be active members of their community. To provide the participants(youth workers) the opportunity through brainstorming and critical thinking techniques,to work as trainers to share their knowledge and encourage new learners to collect the information. Impact envisaged and the potential longer term benefits will be Social and Personal development and enrichment, social interaction and a greater sense of self- worth and belonging. Encourage more active participation in civil life. Raise awareness of national identity, traditions, customs, equality and diversity. Youth workers will expand their knowledge and establish a bilateral European network of youth workers. The project activities will allow participants to interact, learn, broaden skills and knowledge.

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