iMove goes for the Belgian experience (PART 1)

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).

Lets start with day 1: Lovely whether, good company, the right working spirit…this had to end up in a nice and successful iMOVE experience …. and it did!

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The partners came directly into the right mood with an interactive workshop on the “highlights, lowlights, concerns and visions” of the partners related to their mobility experiences. Key words of the outcomes and the discussion were: (long term) planning, a good preparation and communication and formalizing the agreements in a learning agreement between the sending and hosting organisation and the student. A good communication on the expectations, in terms of learning content and rules and regulations in the hosting organisation contributes to a large extend to a successful learning experience abroad. The second part of the meeting on day 1 was especially dedicated on how to formalize our network? How should it look like and what kind of structure should it have? What should be the main activities and what about the member structure? All the partners have the feeling that such structure is necessary to create sustainability and “to keep the fire burning” in the network. A lot of questions, positive elements and concerns were collected, which have to end up now in a business model for the iMOVE network structure.

Day 1 ended up in a marvellous gastronomic experience on the 6th floor of the hotel and restaurant school COOVI in Anderlecht.

When we speak about gastronomy, we are not only speaking about good food, but it goes further than that: the location, the environment, the reception by the students, the hospitality….it was all there! Students of the adult education were the first one who succeeded in creating a pleasant silence among a group of (normally) 24 noisy and busy people… It makes visible and tangible why are we doing this work and for whom we are doing this. No matter if we speak about secondary education or adults who would like to follow their passion and get a diploma to realize their dreams, or adults who have years of working experience, but no diploma: They are all examples of skills development and making people more employable and less vulnerable on the labour market. This evening has proven again that practical training, in a real working environment contributes in a significant way to this goal.

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