iMove goes for the Belgian experience (PART 2)

On the 17th and 18th of June, the 4rth iMOVE team was held. Horeca Formation Flanders was hosting the team in city centre of Brussels, in collaboration with the Belgium partner EVTA (European Vocational Training Association).Day 2 continued with the same spirit as day 1 ended: full of energy and motivation to create another successfull day for mobility!

On this day, stakeholders from Belgium were invited to talk about international work placements, but from different points of view: from a training centre, from an employees perspective and from the perspective of a chamber of commerce.

PIVA Antwerp, a training centre for the hospitality sector, Horeca Formation

Flanders, a training centre for employees in the hospitality sector and VOKA, the chamber of commerce of the region of Gent were invited.

Were PIVA is an active training centre in international mobility, Horeca Formation Flanders is still promoting internationalisation in the sector and in training programmes and VOKA is supporting organisations in setting up mobility programmes and bringing together offer and demand in mobility.

All the stakeholders support the idea preparing learners and workers for a labour market, which is becoming more and more international. Especially in the hospitality and tourism sector, it is even an asset to have international experiences.

Despite this international thought, the mobility rates still remain very low and deserve more attention and awareness. Mobility in training centres is often limited to single persons and have to be financed by European programmes.

The discussion was closed with the question about their impression of the iMOVE network and website.

It would be interesting for the three stakeholders of Belgium to establish a MMP (Muliti Mobility Stakeholders Platform) as such, as they are all working in the same field, but from different perspectives. Together they can fulfil offerand demand in an effective and efficient way. At the same time it is mentioned by the training centre, that we should not overlook the local contacts, as they are often very useful. Creating bigger structures often forget these contacts.It is clear that it is interesting and useful to develop a network with partners where you know that you can rely on. At the same time, we have to be aware that a system cannot replace the partnership, it is the partnership behind the system that work and not the other way around!

For Belgium we might see this bigger than only the three partners which were here around the table. The biggest challenge is to bring together the partners who have to organize the mobilities. A lot of schools have a 1-­‐1 relation with companies.

In other words: raising awareness, dissemination and exploitation is crucial in creating sustainable contacts as well.

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