It’s always difficult to explain iMove in few words and how it changed our way to work with IVET mobility. That’s because of the many technical aspects involved. So I though I could give readers a quick picture of the “iMove effect” just describing what actually happened in our context during the last few years.
I am from in Emilia-Romagna, one of the biggest regions of Italy with around 5 millions inhabitants. I work for Uniser, an organisation specialized in development and management of learning mobility.
Requests of support from VET schools for providing their students with internships experiences abroad through the Leonardo Programme were becoming more and more frequent.
So in 2011 we started researching how we could offer them the technical assistance they needed. At that time very few schools all over Emilia-Romagna were developing mobility projects and those who did were relying on voluntary work from their teachers. At the same time the workload required was consistent and hard to be covered with the management costs foreseen by the LLP programme. Of course we couldn’t take for granted that all schools would have seen their project approved, while it was pretty clear that many costs would have raised proportionally to the number of schools (applications management, accounting, reporting, etc.). As a result planning was difficult and the activity quite risky in terms of sustainability, but most of all a huge work had to be done to give mobility opportunities to only 10 schools while hundreds of them were sharing the same needs. It was early 2012 when that maybe another way was possible…
Between 2012 and 2014 in Emilia-Romagna just 2 projects for IVET mobility were approved involving some schools mainly from only one city in the whole region.
In February 2014 there’s the iMove kickoff meeting in Bologna. In late 2015, not even two years later we have a regional network with nearly 90 schools and training centers that we provided already with more than 500 mobilities, and it is only the beginning…
This is the “iMove effect” and Emilia-Romagna is not the only example of it. You’ll see more of them during the iMove conference in Hamburg, Germany, next 27th of November 2015.
Hope to see you there!