Sunday, September 15, 2013


The coordinating organisation of MOVE (Gantalcalá) and the main coordinator of the project in Spain (David Castillo) met the team of the Leonardo da Vinci project "Effective Inclusion" in order to share the results of both projects and disseminate them.

David Castillo (left) chief coordinator of MOVE and the
 representatives of EFFECTIVE INCLUSION
Effective inclusion is Leonardo da Vinci Partnership Project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. In the framework of partnerships small-scale cooperation activities between organizations working in the field of vocational education and training ("VET") can be implemented.

During the period of two years between September 2011 and August 2013 three European partner organizations involves in the partnership - Brandenburgische Sportjugend (Germany), Gantalcala (Spain) and Everything is Possible (UK) - agreed to develop Guidelines for Sending and Hosting Organizations of trainees with fewer opportunities. The focus was to define common standards for the Sending and Hosting organization in order to provide quality support for and tackle specific challenges and problems of trainees with fewer opportunities before, during and after the traineeship. Recommendations and suggestions of trainees, volunteers, their mentors, tutors and responsible staff members and co-workers were gathered through sharing of good practice examples between the partner organizations over the period of 11 international meetings. It was decided to investigate and improve VET-opportunities available to trainee target group in each of the partner areas and endeavor to develop a better service for these learners with fewer opportunities. The partnership was used to define for hosting and sending organizations the support that is necessary to give to the target group in order to make the VET opportunities more successful for each of the involved. Even if all the partners are experienced in working with the target group there is nevertheless a different approach of working in the international context.

Besides Guidelines, an Annexes document with set of forms supporting Guidelines has been created and contains Trainee Application Form, Trainee Support Worker Form, Check-list for preparation, Traineeship Evaluation Form and Europass Mobily tool as a good instrument for evaluation of the project. These forms will allow organisations to define more concrete, on individual needs based and qualitative support for the person with fewer opportunities and improve the quality of their projects during the traineeships. In addition to Guidelines also VET opportunities Catalogue was created with the purpose to collect the descriptions of potential VET opportunities and learning possibilities for trainees in partner countries. The descriptions were created after visiting potential local VET placements in partner countries and define the main goals, working areas, summary and benefits of the traineeship. As the last, the Blog was created in order to inform the general public and all interested organizations about the project, its aim and goals, involved partners, progress of the partnership and reached outcomes during international mobilities.

In general the partnership underlined the special relationship between the partner organizations that are based on the long term cooperation, mutual trust, reliability and common inclusion goals.

The results and outcomes of the partnership are available for the general public in the Effective Inclusion Blog:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sixth meeting of MOVE in Seville (Spain)

From the 20th to the 22nd of March 2013 the representatives of the different partner organisations of the project MOVE met together on the Spanish city of Seville, home city of the coordinating organisation of the project. As this was the last time on which all the partners coincided, the meeting was used to complete the last steps and materials related to the project in order to achieve all the objectives set at the begining of this initiative of collaboration in september 2011.

Moreover, the meeting was used to visit local institutions working on international mobility and promoting European citizenship as a tool to improve the employment and learning of those interested on improving their skills through both, formal and non formal education.

This was the agenda of the meeting:

Day 1 (20/03/2013)
- Arrival of participants.

Day 2 (21/03/2013)

Meeting on the Civic Center “El Tejar del Mellizo” for working (a public center on which Asociación Gantalcalá develops part of its projects for adult education). After welcoming the participants, all the representatives of the different partner organisations worked on the last steps of the project:

- Final report: work on the formal application and go through it in order to check all that must be done:
a) Evaluation systems for materials.
b) To reinforce the networks and links related to public institutions.

- Final results to be completed and its evaluation:
a) Blog and social networks.
b) Catalogue of stories.
c) Catalogue of good practices to promote employment.
d) Toolkit (included on the blog).

- Strategy for the dissemination of results.
- Compilation of materials used during the project.
- Meeting about future cooperations and potential projects together (partners proposals).
- Other discussion/tasks proposed by partners.
- Informal encounter with the members of the associatition of adults of "El Tejar el Mellizo" with previous experience on the Grundtvig programme through past mobilities in different projects.

Day 3 (22/03/2013)
Visit to local institutions and public administrations:

- Visit to project CO-LABORA: project of the University of Seville to promote youth employability.
- Visit to Oficina de Información Europea del Joven Sevillano (European Information Office for the Sevillian Youth): information point coordinated by the municipality of Seville for youth people who want to participate on international mobility projects.
- Visit to Centro de Documentación Europea de la Universidad de Sevilla (European Documentation Center of the University of Sevilla): Information point for European issues.
- Visit to the monuments of Seville: In the afternoon participants had the chance of visiting some of the most important monuments of the city (Plaza de España, Torre, Cathedral, Torre del Oro, etc.).

Day 4 (23/03/2013)
- Departure of participants.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fifth meeting of MOVE in Tallin (Estonia)

From the 10th to the 13th December 2012, the representatives and coordinators of MOVE took part on the 5th meeting of the project in Tallin (Estonia).

The main aim of this activity was to meet the main coordinators of the partnership in order to deal with the next steps of the project and prepare the final meeting of this initiative that will be hosted in March 2013 in Seville, Spain.

Beside working on the future tasks of the project, the meeting was also focused on evaluating the materials that partners are developing and that will be officially presented during the last event that will take place in Spain (Testimonies book, blog, toolkit, etc.). Moreover, it was also agreed the strategy to spread and disseminate these materials at the end of the project in order to increase its impact and make them accesible at European level. 

Besides the coordinators of the project, the meeting met also together different trainees from Romania and Estonia who collaborated with their testimonies to the materials and activities of the project. Furthermore, the representatives of each partner organisation had the opportunity of meeting the people in charge of several local institutions such as Neikid (a restaurant focused on hosting trainees and local partner of MOVE) or the Info Centre of the EU House of Tallinn. 

Short summary of the activities and program developed during the meeting:

Day 1 

- Arrival of participants

Day 2
- Welcoming and introduction of the venue.
- Presentation of the MOVE project (by David Castillo, Gantalcalá).
- Presentations of the projects involving unemployed young adults developed by each partner on their countries (representatives of all partners).
- Presentation of the Info Centre of the EU House of Tallinn (Structure, projects, staff, etc.) (by Erki Bahovski, centre manager).
- Presentation on the first draft of the materials of the project (book of experiences and toolkit) (by David Castillo).
- Coordinators meeting: agreement of the future structures and tools for the dissemination of the materials of the project.

Day 3
- Welcoming and introduction of restaurant Neikid, hosting organisation for trainees (facilities, structure, meet staff, etc.) (by Kairi Orro, restaurant manager).
- Sharing experiences - Grundtvig Mobilty Projects (by Madalina and Gabriela, trainees from Romania).
- Sharing experiences - Grundtvig Senior Volunteering Projects (Project “Si Senior!” coordinated by Gantalcalá and BVSC) (by David Castillo).
- Meeting of coordinators: future steps and preparation of the final meeting in Seville (March 2013).
- Visit to the city center of Tallinn.

Day 4
- Departure of participants

All the photos of meeting are available on the Facebook group of the project. Enter and join it!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Fourth meeting of MOVE in Berlin (Germany)

From the 17th to the 20th September 2012, the forth meeting of MOVE took place in Berlin (Germany). Hosted on the headquarters of Bildungsmarkt e.v.(the german partner of the project), the event met together coordinators and trainees of the five partner organisations from Estonia, Germany, Greece, Romania and Spain, that took part in all the workshops, visits and presentation that were developed during the whole programme of activities.

Besides these partner organisations, the meeting included the representatives of other local institutions dealing with the aims of the  project such as the Training Center "alte mensa" or the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry. 

During the different activities included on the programme, partner organisations had the opportunity of evaluating previous meetings and reports, working on new activities created for this meeting and discussing about future steps to be done in order to achieve the final results of the project. Short summary of the activities developed during the meeting:

September 18th, 2012

- Welcome Coffee
- Feedback of the 3rd meeting in Rhodes (Greece)
- Retrospect to the intermediate report of the project
- MOVE Project Presentation (David Castillo Tomás, Gantalcala)
- Open Workshop: Toolbox and Presentation of the different mobility stories / Integration of all the materials from the different mobility projects (Representatives of MOVE, Gantalcala, KEAN, FCASET, Continuous, Action, Bildungsmarkt e.v.)
- Lunch at “Waldenser Restaurant”: training restaurant of kiezküchen gmbh
- Presentation of JDA – Job Destination Airport – & Open discussion with former participants: Mobility program for young unemployed adults (Madelonne v. Schrenck, Bildungsmarkt e.V., Benthe Verhagen, Bildungsmarkt e.V.)
- Coordinators meeting: Evaluation of the learner-workshop in Romania / Discussion of the needs of the target group and solution finding / Intergration in the toolbox / Mobility Stories: possibility of publication / Planing of the next steps in MOVE & work assignment for the next meeting.

September 19th, 2012

- Visit of “alte mensa”: non-company training center for gastronomic occupations
- Lunch at “alte mensa”: training restaurant of kiezküchen gmbh
- Presentation of international mobility counselling for Berlin`s craft sector  (in the headquarters of Bildungsmarkt e.V.)
- Initiative "Vocational Education without Borders" (Jacqueline März, Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry)

The photos of the meeting can be seen on the Facebook group of the project following this link.