iMove: join the network!

“I have great news to give today: Erasmus will be in all vocational schools and training centres in Europe. How does it sound? Brave? Absurd? To me it sounds like the future and I’ll share with you why and how I believe that’s going to happen sooner than we imagine.”

JOIN THE NETWORK
What is iMove? It is a project started in 2014 that officially gave birth to a network on the 17th and the 18th of November 2016. The iMove network is formed by public and private organisations interested in making the Erasmus culture not only an experience accessible to everyone, but also an integral part of everybody’s learning path. Today, iMove links together organisations from different European countries which work energetically in the field of vocational training mobility.

Just few days left until you can become a member of iMove Network. The project was designed to make a model out of the positive mobility experiences organised through a systemic approach: a public or private centralised service working on a territory, aiming to support mobility, and equipped to meet the needs of many training centres. In 2014, these services, based on the partnership of different actors involved in planning and realising mobility experiences, were defined as mobility consortia by the Erasmus+ programme.

iMove has always pursued an ambitious aim: linking together many mobility consortia in order to create a ‘consortium of consortia’. Different organisations working together can achieve the clear goal defined by the European Strategy ET2020: within 2020, the rate of students from vocational training courses who have undertaken a mobility experience during their study must reach 6%.
In 2010, the European average rate was 0,7% only, but we hope that our dream of making Erasmus mobility accessible to everyone will soon turn into reality.

iMove is definitely a big step ahead towards that goal. We believe in it, and you? #Makemobilityareality

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iMove Launch Conference – a quick sum up

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On 16th-18th November 2016 a group of members and employees of Semper Avanti from Wrocław, Poland took a part in iMove Launch Conference in Bolonia, Italy. Mentioned event summed up all the development of the network since it creation in 2014 and was also an opportunity to talk about its future. It was an amazing experience that helped to gather lots of organizations from across Europe and made us realized what kind of opportunities but also obstacles (that we need to overcome) are waiting for network’s members in the future.

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

From the opening speech from Francesca Bergamini to the lunch buffet during which networking magic was happening you could see and hear that phrase „Culture of mobility” (which was used to sum up the aim of iMove) has a really deep meaning to the participants.

Welcome desk_IMN.jpgDuring many important presentations and lectures all participants (already belonging to the network and ones that are interested in joining it) were able to learn what results iMove project already achieved and what to do to start amazing adventure that being a member of iMove network can be.

Many of speakers – from representatives of Emilia Romagna Region to members of invited organizations from whole Europe – believed that mobility can be a key to resolve many issues that currently our continent needs to face. It was inspiring to hear so many people with such strong motivation and faith in projects conducted by them.

From the really detailed speech done by Gianluca Calzolari participants could learn that known to many of us Europass format is going to change. The approach is to change it from document based to service based so it will be more useful for future candidates and employers.

Uniser staff_IMN.jpgWe also get to know the winners of Learning Mobility Video Contest. The winner was Blanca from Spain with her short movie about project in Cyprus that she participated in. She won an iPad but also an amazing experience and a prestige opportunity to share her story with us. Her movie is a good example of the impact that our projects have on young people’s life. We were also able to see movies of Francesco and Anna that won second and third place.

This wonderful event took place in marvelous auditorium of Palazzo d’Accursio and gave many partners to meet and talk about the future of the network and their projects. Let’s hope that they will keep up Energy that they have shown during the official and not-so-official discussions and will really work to help young European people to get new skills and change the world.

We should never forget about hashtag #Makemobilityareality created for this conference and tasty polish sweets that help many of us to raise sugar level on the last day of conference.

Cultural Preparation in Mobilities

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Semper 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.

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Especially remarkable is the collaboration with the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. Indeed 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.

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Cultural 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

700 UNISER DREAMS

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- welcome@imovenetwork.org

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.