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Mobilise! Cooperate! Reform! Introducing Erasmus+

The training activity took place
in York, England
organised by The British Council, UK National Agency
11th - 12th February 2014

Aims & objectives

The main aim of this training course was to create feasible partnerships which generate innovative, concrete and realisable project ideas based on the most up-to-date information on the new Erasmus+ programme presented by the UK National Agency, The British Council.

INTRODUCING: ERASMUS+ offered dedicated organisations the opportunity to critically examine the changes of transition from Youth in Action to Erasmus+, gaining momentum for the first Erasmus+ deadline with partners who are committed and experienced in the field of international youth work.

• To examine and clarify the structure of Erasmus+ in detail along with its priorities for the next 7 years
• To showcase all skills and experience to date gained through the Youth in Action Programme from within the group
• To identify mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships for future cooperation
• To share new project ideas based on the potential within the new framework of the programme
• To crucially bring the partnerships and ideas together in readiness for the first application deadline in March 2014

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

27 participants and 3 experts

Experienced beneficiaries of Youth in Action, to include: project managers, youth leaders, and crucially, decision makers.

UK, Ireland, Poland, Norway, Slovenia, Belgium (Fr), the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden

Training methods used & main activities

All the methods were based on non-formal education. A range of getting-to-know you name games and icebreakers were presented to the group, along with an engaging mix of other methods such as 'the fish bowl', the 'empathy map', 'open space technology' and 'speed dating'.

Outcomes of the activity

• We explored the new programme in detail and found answers to many burning questions
• A significant number of new partnerships were formed for future cooperation
• An impressive array of new project ideas were produced ready to be taken forward for the first deadline in March.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Along with my colleague Buzz Bury, I designed the programme and delivered the workshops we had prepared for those present. I helped to support the participants during their learning journey. I shared my knowledge of the new programme to help to demystify some of the information currently available. I worked with Tom Nissen, representing the National Agency to ensure all objectives were realised and the outcomes achieved.

I was also the logistics coordinator, uploading the opportunity on SALTO and dealing with applications and all the related administration of data collection. I liaised with the participants and advised on travel. I sourced and booked a venue and ensured all the practical needs of the group and the project were taken care of. I submitted reports as necessary post-event.

I worked on this training for 2 days as a full time trainer.

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