TechNet2020: internazionalizzazione della Rete Pol..
TechNet2020: internazionalizzazione della Rete Politecnica in Emilia-Romagna
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
Italy struggles among the less performing EU countries, when it comes to youth employment. The EU Strategy Europe 2020 calls up our country to renew its Education and Training systems, to make young people achieve competences that are key to economy and the knowledge society, to improve their employability and become an instrument to enforce internationalisation of companies. At the same time, in its strategic framework Education and Training 2020, the EU defines mobility “an essential element of lifelong learning and an important means of enhancing people's employability and adaptability”, wishing to make “periods of learning abroad — both within Europe and the wider world — the rule rather than the exception”.
In this framework, Region Emilia-Romagna is focusing on European mobility for students of training courses at all levels, aiming at embedding mobility in training curricula and encouraging local actors to achieve this goal together, by implementing networking strategies and scale economies.
TechNet2020 fits into this picture, by offering the opportunity to live a work experience in a EU company abroad for about two months to 145 young people, students or recent graduates in high-specialisation, post-secondary “IFTS” (Higher Vocational Training) and “ITS” courses (Higher Technical Schools) of Region Emilia-Romagna. This comes in the streamline of one’s training pathway, with automatic accounting of the period spent abroad in one’s curriculum and validation of competences acquired during mobility through the Europass and the ECVET. “Competences” mean technical skills in sectors on the cutting edge of regional economy, AND core, soft skills like learning-to-learn, relational, intercultural, language, as well as autonomy, entrepreneurship, problem solving, understanding of the workplace environment: all skills most required by our companies, strongly export-oriented.
More, TechNet2020 offers 25 representatives of staff of involved partners (managers, coordinators, tutors, trainers) the unique chance to visit EU partners that will host their students, in order to meet people, get in touch with places and companies in advance, see with their own eyes the quality of the opportunity offered.
The consortium proposing TechNet2020, includes training centres, Region Emilia-Romagna itself (the highest level decision- and policy-maker on the territory) and providers of IFTS and ITS courses in Italy, plus 12 partners in 10 EU countries. All partners benefit from a long-term co-operation, and have shown competence and reliability. Most relevant, they are able to offer work experiences in line with the training pathway/sector of participants, and to boost the chances for immediate employability after mobility.
After an information and selection phase, recipients will take advantage from a thorough preparation, covering non only language issues but also organisation, culture, safety at the workplace, adaptation to a foreign country and to the work environment. Each participant will sign a Learning Agreement, specifying objectives, expected results, logistic and organisational details of the work experience.
During all their stay abroad, beneficiaries will be followed by a tutor in Italy, a “logistic” tutor in the country of destination, and by a company tutor, who will guide them through their learning pathway. Neither participants will miss the chance to keep in touch with their mates, thanks to a dedicated blog, where awards and other initiatives will be launched, in order to make the mobility even more interesting and involving.
Upon return, a follow-up phase will take place, managed together with local companies, to let participants get the most from their Erasmus+ experience in terms of employability.
TechNet2020 is meant to improve skills of 145 young people, to make them find and employment within few months from the end of their training. Thus, they can foster innovation and internationalisation in local, future-oriented companies. TechNet2020 is meant also to improve competences of staff, in order to make mobility easier to understand and more accessible to those who thought they were not strong or capable enough to handle it so far. Last but not least, TechNet2020 is meant to convey the main actors of training in the territory into a public-private partnership, with a view to integrate and enforce local policies in achieving Europe 2020 objectives, at the same time attracting private funding for the future, the only really effective way to make European mobility sustainable on a large scale, to the benefit of people and enterprises.
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