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The Backstage – European Junior Backstage Technicians: a framework of competences fostering European training and mobility
Start date: May 4, 2015, End date: Aug 3, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

A. CONTEXT Project idea was born from consideration that: • 7.5 million NEETs (aged 15 to 24) in EU27; • High number of small and medium theatres in Europe, that can offer employment to young technicians with wide theatrical technical expertise;Small and medium theatres cannot afford to hire different technicians for each different backstage function • No adequate training that includes principles and techniques of main backstage professional areas; only focused training in single areas is available; • Theatrical production is an attractive sector of employment for the youngsters and is an activity, which brings them self-confidence, soft skills and ability to teamwork. B. OBJECTIVES • Efficient professional training for theatrical technician to NEETs with basic knowledge; • Online ICT tools for facilitating target group’s employment opportunities by improving their knowledge, skills and competences. • Working mobility of people by creating an ECVET Training Course with recognized Learning Outcomes on EU level; C. NUMBER AND PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS 1. 40 youth with basic knowledge in theatrical techniques attend online course on e-learning platform, after passing entrance test. At course closure, they attend evaluation test: if result is positive, they obtain Professional Certificate for Theatrical Technician valid Europe wide thanks to ECVET methodology. Objective: at least 70% of attendants (i.e. 28) will obtain the Certificate. 2. Out of these: 8 (2 per country) will be with fewer opportunities: cultural, economic or geographic obstacles. 3. At least 28 certified attendants will enrol in European Online Database of Qualified Professionals. 4. 16 attendants (4 per country; out of these at least 1 with fewer opportunities) with best results will participate at transnational mobility (2 months), where will apply theoretical knowledge gained during e-course, and receive Europass Mobility Certificate successfully finishing internship abroad. D. METHODOLOGY AND DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES Management is divided into 3 major phases: 1. Preparation; 2. Implementation; 3. Closure and follow up. A1. Preparation A1.1 Contract signature with partners; A1.2. Elaboration of manual of procedure (MoP); A2. Implementation Project phases are of 3 types: A. Project Management (included O6 “Project Data Management”), quality assurance and evaluation: cross-cutting activities lasting all project life span: 5 Steering Committee Meetings. B. 6 chronologically vertical project stages: at the end of one stage, the following starts; outputs of a stage are inputs for next one: 1. O1: Need Analysis Report; 2. O2: European Professional Qualification Curriculum for Theatrical Technician Profession (EQF Level 4) 3. O3: Course Manual; 4. O4: E-learning platform; 5. O5: Online Database of Qualified of Theatrical Technician Professionals. 6. Learning/Teaching/Training Activities (long-term mobility): C1. Training activity [IT]; C2. Training activity [N]; C3. Training activity [BG]; C4. Training activity [DE]. C. Dissemination activities are cross-cutting: start at first months of implementation and last beyond project’s closure: O7: Manual for reaching and approaching NEETs (Best methods and how to implement them): O8: Project Website: A3. Project closure and follow-up A3.1. 4 Multiplier events; A3.2. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for a long lasting European network A3.3 Final Reporting. F. SHORT DESCRIPTION OF RESULTS Project’s results: 1. Need analysis report. 2. EPQC for the profession of Theatrical Technician: 3. Course Manual content: 4. Website: 5. E-learning Platform: 6. European Online Database of Qualified Professionals: 7. “Manual for reaching and approaching NEETs” (Best methods and how to implement them) 8. Multiplier events: G. IMPACT Local: 60 local stakeholders; 40 young professionas; 40 NEETs per partner; Regional: 4 Regional Administrations; 80 stakeholders, 60 young Professionals; 60 NEETs; National: 3 EU Member Countries and 1 EEA and EFTA; 200 national stakeholders, 160 professionals and 120 NEETS, 8 people with fewer opportunities; European: at least 10 EU Member Countries; International: at least 5 small and medium theatres. H. LONG TERM BENEFITS - enhanced employment chances for NEETs and qualified young professionals; - online free ECVET training tools for improving competences; - European Online Database of Qualified Professionals provides ranking of professionals according to knowledge, skills and competences: theatres find easily young technicians and experts; Project is easily replicable in other contexts and EU Countries, increasing possibility of multiplying actions and effects reaching new and larger segments of beneficiaries. Created European Network will sustain financially project outputs: Course Manual; e-learning platform; Online Database of Qualified Professionals; project website.
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