Cultural Preparation in Mobilities

14348793_10210943834940119_1873027892_nSemper Avanti is sending, almost monthly, groups of young polish students of the Lower Silesia Region abroad for short-term internship experiences.

This action is the pivot of the “Youth and Labour market” project, one of the three pillars of Semper Avanti work, together with “Youth and Democracy” and “Youth and Tolerance” projects. The aim of this is to prepare students at their last year of school to the challenge of finding their first jobs and obtaining work experience.

In this framework the partnership with other organizations and political institutions (such as ‘EuPQua ECVET – European Partnership for Quality and Implementation of the European Credit System in VET’ or ‘IMOVE – Innovation for Mobility in VET: Public and Private Partnerships for sustainable mobility’) is increasing the opportunities of international exchanges.

Especially remarkable is the collaboration with the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. Indeed14355895_10210943836180150_499982931_n Semper Avanti, in the last months, sent different groups of young people in the most important cities of the area, such as Bologna and Parma. The project is not limited only to the action of “sending” people but it involves also other activities. Between them it is crucial the pre-departure preparation which provides the essential tools that students will need. Usually the preparation includes around ten meetings of six hours each or generally a total of sixty hours. Here the main activity is English because every intern need to be able to communicate abroad using an international language focusing on the technical vocabulary interns will need on the working place. The second part of pre-departure meetings concerns the cultural preparation in order to make the cultural shock softer.

14365426_10210943835100123_115543944_nCultural shock is something to don’t underestimate. Indeed for young students that are sometimes at their first experience abroad it is not easy to deal suddenly with the distance from home and with a new environment with different customs and traditions with unknown people. For this reason a cultural presentation of the hosting country is necessary, describing the habits of the area, the rules and most of all the beauties to discover and visit, the food to taste and the situations to enjoy. Also a basic introduction to local language is necessary in order to let the students be able to ask information and get what they need. Last but not the list, is to create before the departure a friendly and cooperative environment between participants.

 This is not only a working experience but it influences all the aspects of daily life creating new friendships, new bounds with places, opening minds and giving analytical and practical tools that will be useful in every situation of the future life.14328955_10210943835060122_2125423943_n


5 mobility consortiums, 4 Italian regions and 700 Erasmus+ grants for VET learners.
This is the achievement of two months of hard work done by the staff of Uniser in cooperation with its consortia’s partners. Two very intense months of analyzing, drafting and organizing the best mobility experiences we could dream for “our” students.

Two of the consortia are focused on Emilia-Romagna’s VET system. The first will involve 130 students from 12 Technical High Schools. The second one will involve 250 students from 50 Vocational Centres spread all around the region and it will be coordinated by A.E.C.A. (Associazione Emiliano-Romagnola centri Autonomi).

13435364_827666977368330_2592560826945636353_nThe third project will involve the CNOS-FAP regional federation in Lombardia, with 5 training centres. CNOS (Centro Nazionale opere Salesiane) is an organization promoting vocational education and training through the establishment of training centres, very famous in Italy for the high quality of the teachings methods.

UmbriaNet, based in Umbria region, the very heart of Italy. Thanks to our partner Itaca, a consortium of cooperatives, 12 Technicals and Vocational High School have the chance to send some of their students to live a challenging working experience in another European country.

Last but not least Love4Tourism, a project involving 100 students from Campania Technical Schools in the tourism sector, leaded by IGS social enterprise. Target participants of the project are young people studying marketing and tourism, a costantly growing sector in Campania. The project proposal has been considered so relevant by the Italian National Agency Isfol that it had an evaluation of 100/100, scoring the highest result in the KA1 VET Italian ranking 2016.

iMove Network launch conference in Bologna

picture1Beginning as an Lifelong Learning Programme funded project in January 2014, iMove today is an umbrella organisation open to members involved in learning mobility from all over Europe

It brings together public and private stakeholders willing to implement local Mobility Consortia to make learning mobility an opportunity provided by all vocational schools and training centres of the area.

If you belong to an organisation which cares about schools and training centers offering working experience abroad, or companies receiving European students, iMove can help you!

For getting in touch with the network and explore what IMove can offer you don’t miss the opportunity to come to the Launch Conference that will take place in Bologna ( Italy ) next 17th and 18th of November.

For more informations:

Click here for the registration form

Click here for the conference program

Click here for iMove Website

Write to : Lucia Mancino-

News from “The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Terrassa”

img-20160309-wa0006The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Terrassa presented Imove network at  “Connecting Chambers”, the European Chambers annual event in Brussels. Imove video was shown and Imove Mobility Multi-Stakeholders Platform concept was introduced raising great interest among the attendees, as being a particular kind of mobility consortium involving public and private stakeholders with a great local impact. Specially remarkable were the interest of Italian Chambers working already in Mobility projects, to attend Imove final conference to be held next  17th-18th November in Bologna, Italy.  Building a mobility consortium is not easy, so the methods and infrastructure built by means of Imove were welcomed as a facilitator that will able to accelerate the process. Also German and Spanish Chambers showed interest in taking part in Imove network activities as many of them are already involved in mobility projects.

20160309_121249It is also important to comment that many Chambers belonging to the European Enterprise Network offered to widespread Imove network results and final conference among its members. Being EEN members’ business support organizations, their enrollment in Imove network, playing the role as the private part in Mobility Multi-Stakeholders Platform mobility consortia, could be key for recruiting more companies taking part in mobility traineeships.

More than 70 European Chambers representatives were present at the “Connecting Chambers” the European event for cooperation.

iMove – Making Mobility a Reality

iMove_LOGO e PAY OFFCreated as an idea to develop innovative solution to enhance learning mobility all around Europe, Imove’s project development stage is coming to an end. During these three years, all members show utmost effort to create a solution to answer the  demands of all parties in a learning mobility. Members of a learning mobility usually consist in young people, schools, companies and associations. Since all parties have different demands due to their nature, a need was growing to answer them all hence Imove was born.

iMove is an umbrella organisation bringing together stakeholders involved in the co-ordination of transnational learning mobility of students and staff vocational education (VET). It is a network promoting sustainable models to make learning mobility an opportunity provided by all vocational schools and training centres in Europe.

iMove’s legal status is an Association of Organisations founded under the Italian law. All iMove members must be organisations with a recognised legal status. The network is based in Bologna, where iMove originally started as a Leonardo project leaded by Emilia-Romagna Regional Government.

iMove supports the setting up of ‘mobility consortia’ to allow all VET providers in a local, regional or sectoral context to offer to their learners and staff mobility opportunities. iMove members are private and public organizations which have developed or wish to develop a mobility consortium within a specific context (eg. local, regional or sectoral level).

Thanks to iMove for VET schools in the local and regional communities involved it will become a usual practice the possibility to offer to interested students the opportunity of a training experience in Europe as part of their qualification. Such experience, particularly for youngsters, has a very strong impact on their personal development, flexibility and to open their mind towards the European labour market.


“News from Imove partners; Arbeit und Leben”

Created as an innovative solution to Europe wide vocational education, Imove consist in various member from EU member states. As one of them, Arbeit und Leben, created with the motto “Qualification without borders”. Their aim is encouraging people to expand their knowledge and to move off the beaten track of thinking. And they did quite a successful job over the years. Recently they had another achievement. Let’s read their success story!

The 2016 Erasmus+ application of iMove partner Arbeit und Leben Hamburg has been successful! 720 Erasmus+ grants will be available over the next two years.

350 of the grants are for apprentices and vocational students of the iMove consortium in Hamburg. 120 are for the consortium’s vocational education (VET) staff and the remaining 250 grants are for individual placements of apprentices from the whole of Germany.

We are looking forward to continue sending young people and experts to our iMove partners all over Europe, to learn, to experience top quality work placements and get to know the working environment in other European countries.



”The Gothenburg Regional Association of Local Authorities (GR) is a co-operative organisation uniting thirteen municipalities in western Sweden. The combined population of these municipalities is almost 950.000 inhabitants. The task of the association is to promote co-operation over municipal borders and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience within the region. “

20160517_081714During the spring GR has held a series of breakfast meetings around different topics concerning School working life issues.  The meetings start around 08.00 and last for around two hours. Guests are invited to mingle with each other and to share ideas and experiences from their horizons. Carefully selected speakers hold presentations around the topic in question.

17th May, GR held a breakfast meeting and workshop at its conference premises in Gothenburg. The meeting was to inform about the iMOVE project, and also about the wider issue of creating sustainable long term and strategic plans to organize mobilities for VET students. Guests were shown the trailer for iMOVE and information and brochures about the project were handed out.

Speakers from the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, UHR (Universitets- och högskolerådet, national appointed agency for Erasmus+), GTC (Gothenburg Technical College/Vovo), SKF Technical College and representatives from the Municipality of Kungsbacka were invited.20160517_083103

Johan Olsson from The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, talked about the importance of building bridges between school and the Business world. Students that have participated in a learning experience in another country are seen as attractive for the employers, in particular if they’ve had a work practice experience.Bengt Landfeltdt from UHR gave a picture from a national perspective, the status of VET mobilities in Sweden and the opportunities available. Information was given about the ongoing work, within EU, to create a common regulatory framework for validation in VET training and education.

Learning examples from Schools that have built up successful methods and strategies around mobility organization where given by Josefine Larsson from GTC (Gothenburg Technical College/Volvo Corp.), Ulrika Wiklander from SKF Technical College in Gothenburg and Andreas Mårtensson and Pernilla Öhberg, from the Kungsbacka municipality, informed about recent successful mobility projects in two of their VET schools.

During the workshop guests were divided into groups discussing two main topics:

  1. How to create long-term sustainable organizational structures to implement mobilities abroad operationally and strategically


  1. How can we be better at receiving students from other countries operationally and strategically?


20160517_093658Among some of the outcomes of the workshop was the fact that staff that has undergone working or learning experience abroad can raise the quality of companies. Skills development within education leads to greater participation and influence in the workplace, but for efforts to be sustainable, they need to be long-term and strategic.  A good way to start is to use the channels and platforms that are available right now and build from there. Establishing good contacts with local companies building bridges between School and the working life, preferably through the establishment of “co-operative” organizations (including VET-schools, local authorities and companies involved in a particular sector) is also essential.

Coordination of mobilities is no easy task. It requires dedicated resources within the VET school or local authority; otherwise the efforts are not sustainable in the long-term. The setting up of local and regional consortiums, which is possible within Erasmus+, enables a long-term and strategic approach enabling more students to undertake a life-changing experience abroad.