The training course "From Home to Work" arrives at Heraklion, Crete (Greece). The Greek partner of ICARO project, Technical Institute of Heraklion Chamber (TIHC), organised on 12 to 18 March the training courses including 40 hours of the face to face classroom instruction. The Technical Institute of Heraklion Chamber (TIHC) coordinated the Blending learning program “From home to work”. This training was addressed to unemployed adult learners taking part in ICARO project. The face to face classroom instruction with 25 participants and 3 tutors, successfully took place at 12th to 18th of March 2019 from Technical Institute of Heraklion Chamber of Commerce and Industry. [...]
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The 23rd of January the SEF (Spanish team) celebrated a working meeting with professionals who will be in charge of mentoring and tutoring the "From home to work" course participants. These participants had the opportunity to attend the International Training in Hamburg last November. During these days, they exchanged views with other countries peers. The Spanish Team tackle issues such as: participants selection procedure, the face to face training sessions, the content and up to date aspects related to the online training. By the end of February the piloting course will take place. Next step will be to present the results [...]
ICARO International Training took place from the 12 to the 16 of November at the Hamburger Volkshochschule (Hamburg). This training programme counted with the participation of five selected volunteers. The volunteers were adult educators or counsellor guides and were selected by the national partners in their home countries (Servicio Regional de Empleo y Formacion de Murcia; KEK Tehnikes Sholes Epimelitriou Irakleiou; Socialiniu Inovaciju Fondas and Hamburger Volkshochschule). The International Training aimed to train adult educators on soft-skills and receive feedback from ICARO training platform that will be used by them to orient unemployed adult learners on soft-skills. The five days-training were [...]
Partners from DCU (Ireland) organised the national training on 19 and 26th October. These days according to Jane O'Kelly (DCU) "were very useful to all trainers and DCU researchers who took part'. The recognition of the work of ICARO, the sharing of experience and knowledge on soft skills in FET in Ireland and the review and discussion of the draft curriculum meant that all participants learned a great deal about the challenges of soft skills education and assessment. The experience and contributions from all participants were greatly appreciated. Some of the participants will attend to the International training in Hamburg, which will for sure [...]
The EPALE conference 2018 "Fostering an inspiring adult learning community" was held in Budapest on October 15th and 16th 2018. Over 250 delegates from across the 28 member states took part an estimated 39 languages represented. The focus of the conference was on adult education in Europe, the new Erasmus+ programme and how EPALE could continue to grow to support the adult education community. Heike Kölln-Prisner, from Hamburg Volkhochschule and Jane O’Kelly, from DCU, Dublin had the opportunity to talk with colleagues about soft skills assessment and discuss a learner-centred focus in adult education. The conference had presentations from: Dana Carmen Bachmann, [...]
The second LAG meeting took place in Heraklion in May to discuss the draft version of IO2. There have been present 5 members, representing 3 organizations experienced in Adult Education (TIHC, STEPC and Youthnet Hellas NGO). The Group has also discussed the modules to be produced for IO3 and their potential to improve employability of adult people who are out of the job market.
The second meeting of the LAG members of Germany took place on the 19th August. 13 members were present, representing the State Department of Education, the Chamber of Skilled Crafts, the trade unions, AE providers and other stakeholder. The results of the international survey were discussed and the surprising fact that the results in the different countries are very close. The members discussed where the results could be disseminated, especially since there is an initiative on Federal Level of Germany to enhance training for long-term unemployed persons. The local training for this group is of high interest and will be tried [...]
The second LAG meeting in Lithuania took place in August 2018. The main objectives there were to discuss the progress of the project’s intellectual products and coming training events. The candidates for international training in Hamburg, November 2018, were proposed and selected. It has been started the dissemination of information about the project and it’s coming products - ICARO newsletter has been shared on SIF facebook and sent to Kaunas Regional Coordinators of Lithuanian Adult Education Association (LAEA); and the leaflet with basic information on ICARO project has been shared several times on SIF facebook and also sent to LAG organizations [...]
ICARO project opens the procedure to select the volunteers to be trained on soft-skills for adult educators. Following the project’s application, five professionals will be involved in training of adult people or long-term unemployed. They will be selected by the national partners in their home countries ( Servicio Regional de Empleo y Formacion de Murcia; KEK Tehnikes Sholes Epimelitriou Irakleiou; Socialiniu Inovaciju Fondas and Hamburger Volkschoschschule). The 5 days-training will take place in November in Hamburg. The training will be focused on: Existing good practices On line teaching environments and tools Explanation on different training modules to be delivered later with [...]
The project “Innovative Curriculum on Soft Skills for Adult learners” (ICARO) is funded by the European Union programme, Erasmus +, and aims to design a customised, bespoke training course for adult learners with low skills to assist their (re)integration into the labour market. The project consists of a consortium of partner organisations from six European countries – Spain, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Lithuania and Ireland. ICARO will run for two years from November 2017 to August 2019. This article was originally published at Adult and Community Education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) "Adult Education Community Newsletter - Winter 2018" - see the original publication [...]