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Birmingham City Council is accepting applications for grants to the value of £2,250 that will enable the receivers to deliver English language acquisition activities over a period of twelve months with refugees and migrants. There are two funding rounds, the first ending on 30 September 2019 and the second ending on 31 October 2019.

Do you work with young adults? Help them gain skills and experience through volunteering projects Do you have a project idea that can inspire young adults to make a difference through volunteering and are looking for accessible funding? Many organisations are already taking part in the European Solidarity Corps funding programme to enhance the prospects of their students through Volunteering Projects. Apply now for funding by 1st October 2019 to get involved!

AHEAD, an organisation that is focused on promoting full access and participation of students with disabilities in further, higher education and employment are hosting their annual international conference, 'Through the looking glass: Reflecting on Inclusion from the boardroom to the classroom' on the 26th and 27th March 2020 in Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland. 

Educational institutions and sport and youth associations in the Reykjanes Peninsula (south-west Iceland) are key-stakeholders in the government-led action-plan aimed at strengthening the area, following the bancruptcy of the airline WOW-Air in the spring. As a follow-up of a meeting on labour and educational issues between Education Minister, Ms. Lilja Alferdsdóttir, and local inhabitants in April, a specific task force was established within the Ministry. Its role is to formulate and gain support for an action-plan, built on the vision of the local population and the government.

The Ironmongers’ Company is providing grants to organisation and projects that aim to help disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 25 to reach their potential. Projects that focus efforts on delivering clearly defined educational benefits to specific groups are of particular interest. Grants range between a few hundred pounds and £10,000.

The management of migration and the integration of migrants are among the central challenges of this time in many regions of Europe. An alliance of municipalities and civil society organisations from several European countries joined forces in 2016 to work together on integration and acquire new knowledge and skills. With the help of the "Europe for Citizens" programme, it was possible to intensify the exchange between the partners in a joint project.

13 November 2019

from our experience that change in our professional life is more of the rule rather than the exception. We need to adjust ourselves to many new demands in our personal and professional life: new life tasks like caring for others, new job tasks, unexpected changes like job loss or wanted ones like getting that job that we want very much.


29 October 2019
by Ruzica Madzarevic
Naomi Clayton delivers her part of the workshop

At the Upskilling Pathways conference, I was lucky to attend a morning workshop delivered by Naomi Clayton and Lubomira Chirmiciu, which explored devolution to the city-regions. Focus was given to the different approaches that have been used in the regions, as well as a succinct commitment to providing better support for adult learning activities.

25 October 2019
Delegates enjoy lunch and network at the conference

At the EPALE UK and Learning and Work Institute joint conference, I was lucky enough to attend a highly engaging and informative workshop delivered by Cerian Ayres, with input from James Maltby. The workshop explored dual professionalism, sustainable curricula and sustainable technology in vocational education, and how this relates to the need to upskill and develop the education workforce.

25 October 2019
Anja Meierkord addressing delegates at the EPALE and EAAL joint conference

According to Dave Hagendyk from L&W Cymru ‘a Personal Learning Account could make a big difference to you!’

For learners aged over 19 who are in employment but earning under £26,000 a year, a Personal Learning Account is a great way to gain a higher level of skills or switch careers by accessing part-time study on specific courses.

Currently being piloted in two colleges in Wales, it is hoped that it will become available in a wider range of sectors and geographical areas.

24 October 2019
by J Christophe Wells

The education sector, and in particular adult learning, plays a central role in the social and economic integration of migrants. For some time now, the migration-related changes in our societies have also been leading to changes in adult learning institutions themselves. In order to develop effective learning strategies for learners with migration experience, it is essential that migrants and/or their representatives and organisations are actively involved in the development of adult learning programmes in the medium- and long-term.

7 October 2019

In an increasingly fast-changing and digital world, both adult education organizations and libraries are exploring new roles, methods and services in lifelong learning. We are constantly looking for ways to better reach our customers and make our services more easily accessible to learners.

Pizza and cooking utensils on a black background

NOW Group is a social enterprise based in Belfast that works to support people with learning difficulties and autism by helping them secure jobs with a future. Responding to high demand for people within Northern Ireland’s booming hospitality sector, the organisation has launched two innovative academies. Running in Belfast and Omagh, the 12-week long programmes offer an accredited qualification alongside a 6-week work placement based in the industry. 

1 October 2019
by Colin Neilands
A new University-Industry Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Educational Data Literacy is offered by the Learn2Analyse Consortium. The Learn to Analyze Educational Data and Improve your Blended and Online Teaching MOOC supports the development of the basic competences for Educational Data Analytics of Online and Blended teaching and learning.
Saturday 7 December 2019, Germany

Feedback professionell geben und nehmen

Feedback-Techniken bestehen immer aus zwei Teilen: Dem Feedbackgeben und dem Feedbacknehmen. Der Kurs Feedback professionell geben und nehmen soll Lehrenden helfen, die eigene Qualität, Effektivität und Professionalität im Umgang mit Feedback zu erhöhen.

Thursday 28 November 2019

Nye perspektiver og bæredygtige løsninger på uddannelsesfrafald blandt unge voksne

Hvordan beslutter unge voksne, om de skal blive eller holde op på en uddannelse? Hvilke forhold har indflydelse på disse beslutninger? 

DPU, Aarhus Universitet, har i samarbejde med VUC’er og erhvervsskoler forsket i de unges beslutningsprocesser. På denne konference præsenteres ny forsknings- og erfaringsbaseret viden om frafald i erhvervs- og voksenuddannelserne med fokus på de unge voksnes beslutningsprocesser.

Thursday 21 November 2019, Spain

Alumnado de Formación Profesional presenta sus trabajos en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijon

El alumnado del Centro Integrado de Formación Profesional de Comunicación, Imagen y Sonido de Langreo (Asturias) ha decidido someter sus trabajos al contraste de la realidad real, al análisis y las críticas del mundo no académico. Alumnos y alumnas de este Centro Integrado de Formación Profesional presentan, en el marco del Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijon, (FICX), y bajo el título Estamos de Cine, piezas audiovisuales producidas y realizadas en el desarrollo de su actividad académica.
Wednesday 17 June 2020, Czech Republic

Konference FIREMNÍ VZDĚLÁVÁNÍ 2020 – Praha, 17. 6. 2020

Již třetí ročník konference pro personalisty se zodpovědností za rozvoj a vzdělávání pracovníků. Těšit se můžete na zajímavá témata, řečníky a praktické aplikační workshopy. A samozřejmě na neformální atmosféru či setkání a diskuse s kolegy z oboru.

Praha, 17. 6. 2020, 10 – 18 hodin

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Wednesday 10 June 2020, Czech Republic

Konference FIREMNÍ VZDĚLÁVÁNÍ 2020 – Brno, 10. 6. 2020

Již třetí ročník konference pro personalisty se zodpovědností za rozvoj a vzdělávání pracovníků. Těšit se můžete na zajímavá témata, řečníky a praktické aplikační workshopy. A samozřejmě na neformální atmosféru či setkání a diskuse s kolegy z oboru.

Brno, 10. 6. 2020, 10 – 18 hodin

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The aim of New Neighbours is to highlight the positive social and economic contributions that are made by migrants and refugees throughout communities across Europe. By promoting direct participation in media production and intercultural dynamics, it is hoped to foster tolerance and acceptance for migrants and refugees in EU member states.

The 10 Prisons Project has released briefings and accompanying resources that aim to reduce substance misuse and violence in prisons by ensuring that prisoners are able to maintain good relationships with their families and other important people. The briefings and resources will be valuable to anyone working with prisoners and their families.

The analysis of on-line assessment systems comprises three sub tasks leading to an overall output report:

  • Needs analysis and data gathering,
  • Reporting of mathematical on-line assessment systems,
  • Pedagogical analysis for on-line assessment of mathematics.

Underpinning this package of work is the educational needs assessment to support any pedagogical research, design, development and testing.

The Family Skills project has released a Family Skills Toolkit to assist parents and carers who are still developing their own language skills and caring for children who are also building English ESOL skills. It contains weekly sessions, resources and activities and is free – those interested in obtaining a copy should use the link provided.

Tinkering creates a bridging point between a learner’s personal interests and experiences and a broad range of possible learning outcomes. It offers valuable opportunities to engage all students in STEM and fosters a more inclusive STEM education. In this way, it is very much aligned with a Science Capital Teaching Approach: fundamentally, it is a highly personalised pedagogy, which allows the learner to follow their own interests and set their own goals.

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