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"We are what we eat" Nutrition and Care - A Mediterranean Approach to Improve Health
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Demographics in York and North Yorkshire have been changing over the last decade and this trend is continuing thus posing a number of challenges in providing Health and Wellbeing for the citizen of the city and county. This is as a result of influx of European immigrants (and change in age demographic of the inhabitant) to fill vacancies created by the need and demands for jobs in the local labour market. The need for the college in providing training for local and regional employers has changed, and it is posing a number of challenges to us as a training provider. The college has identified a need to internationalise the curriculum, introduce the European dimension in our vocational training to prepare and expose our learners to European cultures. York College is also working in continuing to develop staff competences, continue to improve and better teaching, learning through the introduction of new acquired teaching methods and tools and encourage linguistic skills (to meet the demand of the City and North Yorkshire visitors and changes in demographics) which will shape the curriculum and portfolio on offer for our local and regional community. The college is one of the major vocational training providers in the county and it is facing new challenges in meeting the training needs associated with the new health and care workers and cooks (who work in the health sector) requirements and challenges. We wish to use the project to link it to vocational training in Health & Social Care and in Hospitality and inform curricula planning, delivery and assessment. In particular we want to use the Mediterranean diet and the message conveyed by the Public Health Authority (and how it is implemented) as a medium to carry out a study, research and work experience placement to enable participants to explore and explains the possible influences on dietary intake of individuals in Seville and Andalusia and compare with those in York and North Yorkshire. Participants will aim illustrate the impact of each influence on the diet of individuals. Include information about health influences, lifestyle influences, economic influences, socio-cultural influences and educational influences. Staff will explore how training relates to work and how health authorities promote Health and Wellbeing through diet with the aim to gather knowledge and resources to embed in the curricula back home. The project involves two varied groups of participants. One will be formed by staff delivering and assessing Health and Social Care and involved in the strategic planning of vocational provisions in college. The other group of participants will be learners undertaking vocational training in the field of Health and Social Care and Hospitality. Both sets of learners will explore and first hand get involved, jointly supporting each other, nutrition diet and links between nutrition and healthy living. They will be receiving training and be working in a Health organisation to understand the impact and benefits on Health when compared to the UK setting. There will be a number of pre-mobility and after mobility activities that will prepare participants and use the gathered data to analyse and compare findings. During the mobility phase the participants will undertake vocational training, research, work experience and additional sector specific visits. The project also aims to introduce participants to a European culture, new to them, and to linguistic skills. As outcome of the participation in this project individual would have acquired new set of skills, behaviours and knowledge associated with working abroad, learning new language and being part of a transnational project. Both at individual and organisational level we hope to develop the European dimension of the vocational setting and embed new practices and knowledge in the area curricula and training. Formal and non formal learning will be recorded and accredited through Europass Certification and Language passport. As an organisation we would hope that the legacy of the transnational partnership will be carried out forward and continued past the end of the project. This activity will also meet the college strategic international plan and it will provide outstanding opportunities to engage stakeholders in updated and current practices and introduce the European dimension in the college community. The project outcomes and experiences will be shared with our Partners Schools in York and North Yorkshire and our host partners in Spain to allow them to benefit from findings and best practices.
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