London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (LBHF)
Our mission is to prepare the workforce of the future and raise the achievement of learners by bringing together partners from education and business for their mutual benefit and for the benefit of the community.
Aims and activities: The EBP has a range of programmes that aim to support children and young people by providing them with the skills to contribute effectively to London’s economic well being, to develop Work Related Learning and employability skills and to be prepared for the work place.
Track record: We have developed strong links with employers, including The BBC, UKTV, Disney, L’Oreal, Leo Burnett and a number of local SMEs. Over 200 local employers have supported work experience in the borough and over 1200 young people between the ages of 13 and 19 received work related experience in 2011/2012. We developed a close relationship with the BBC, including working within the BBC buildings in London and Salford, and co-managing Employee Volunteering projects. The implementation of the successful Take Two programme strengthened this relationship, leading to the recruitment of over 350 staff on EBP-led Employee Volunteering projects in White City and Salford. Other employers have continued to support employee volunteering through mentoring, careers workshops and reading partners projects. Time For Change, our current employability project, develops complementary activities to support young people through working with education and business. This project and its high quality materials feeds into the empolyability and careers guidance aspect of the Be Ready project and help to tackle ESL. We have a strong reputation both nationally and at European level. Participation in European projects has provided access to a range of teaching materials and contacts.
We are involved in a number of networks. Our Employer Steering Group meets regularly, bringing together employers in the 3 London boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, LBHF and Westminster, we are part of ONEEBP, the London Education Business Partnership Network and the National EBP group.
In 2009 we received the Award for Education Business Excellence (AEBE) for providers who demonstrate the very best practice in bringing together education and business to help prepare young people for their future careers.
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College is a Further Education college situated in West London. With sites in Barons Court, Southall, Ealing and Acton it is able to offer courses to students from across London. The college offers courses from pre-entry to level 7 in a wide range of vocational and academic subjects. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. The college’s mission is to improve lives through, education, training, skills and development fostering social and economic success. It seeks to do this through being a leading college for enterprise, progression and employment. The college works with many different organisations, employers, partners in order to support local, regional and national priorities and is driven by a relentless drive for excellence.
The college enjoys developing good relationships with the many different communities it works in and with and seeks to ensure that equality and diversity underpins everything we do.
Salford Foundation Ltd
Salford Foundation LTD is an organisation that supports the vocational, personal, social and academic development of young people and adults in Salford and other boroughs of Greater Manchester and the North West. It provides opportunities for those in education, business and the wider community to work together for their mutual advantage.
The Foundation engages with businesses and the wider community in shaping and delivering its services. Many of its programmes of work include significant volunteer support with a particular focus on mentoring or group led activities.
The Foundation values the contribution that businesses and members of the local community make in supporting this work. Together we work with children, young people and adults to maximise their potential and provide bespoke support to take individuals on a journey from where they are now to where they want to be by opening the doors to opportunity.
The Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies (ESHTE)
ESHTE is a public polytechnic higher education institute in Portugal specialised in the areas of tourism, hospitality and catering.
ESHTE has always been actively engaged with the business sector in order to adapt its teaching/learning practices to the requirements of the labour market and thus facilitate the employability of its students.
ESHTE offers five 1st cycle degrees (Hotel Management, Tourism Information, Leisure Management and Tourism Entertainment; Tourism Management, and Cookery and Food Production) as well as different Masters’ degrees and a PhD in Tourism (with the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon).
Universidade de Lisboa – Facultade de Motricidade Humana (FMH)
the Faculty of Human Kinetics belongs to the Lisbon University – Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa).
As a privileged space of science and knowledge, ULisboa is one of the major institutions of Higher Education in Europe and one of the leading Universities in the country comprising 18 Schools with teaching and research units with their own governing bodies.
In the year 2013/2014 U Lisboa has enrolled 48.000 students in undergraduate, master, doctorate and specializations courses.
ULisboa seeks to develop effective lifelong learning strategies, based on the European Universities’ Charter on Lifelong Learning which includes the provision of appropriate counselling and guidance services, new ways of recognizing non-formal learning, strengthening the relationship between research, education and innovation in a lifelong learning perspective.
The Faculty of Human Kinetics (FMH) is the oldest sports and physical education faculty in Portugal, with a long history, marked by successive reformulations of its objectives and its adaptation to the society’s needs. Originally focused mainly on physical education, with a strong emphasis on pedagogy, nowadays it is open to a wider range of study areas in different sectors of society – the education system, sports, health, industry, and the arts. The main goal of FMH is human development through movement, by means of the study of the body and its manifestations in the interaction between biological processes and sociocultural values.
As a higher education institution responsible for the training of highly-qualified professionals in the area of education and health promotion, it seeks to ensure that its students are accommodated on the labour market and that the transition from education to work is facilitated through training in national and international contexts. This project will thus enable to improve and enhance the implementation of effective teacher training. This transnational and transdisciplinary approach of the project will also foster intercultural dialogue, understanding, and cooperative work with other countries, both from students and the staff involved in the project.
The Health Education Research Center is led by a group of researchers in FMH, experienced in running national and international research projects with an emphasis on the health promotion concept (WHO, 2005), aiming at increasing the capacity of individuals and their communities to improve their health, quality of life and well-being. Among others relevant areas of research, research has been performed under health behaviours in youth, social skills, resilience and mentoring programs, in close relation with the education, health, youth and rehabilitation sectors of society, with a particular focus on youth at risk and with special needs and community based interventions.
Agrupamento de Escolas Dr. Azevedo Neves
AGAN includes three schools, namely EB1 /JI José Ruy, EB1/JI Condes da Lousã and EB2, 3 c/ Secundária Dr. Azevedo Neves.
The educational offer includes Nursery School, Primary and Secondary Education. There are three units specially designed for students with special needs, adults’ education, vocational and professional courses.
56% of our students come from PALOP countries (African countries with Portuguese as the official language), 4% are from other African countries and 36% are Portuguese students. 4% come from different countries like Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Brazil (more than twenty nationalities). Many of these students struggle with economic, linguistic and integration problems. As far as the language is concerned, there are some pedagogical strategies, like classes of Portuguese as a Foreign Language, extra classes, socioeducational measures and Pedagogical Pairs in some transversal subjects.
We work with the students’ parents and families to support the Portuguese community’s socialization and integration, Portuguese for All free lessons in three classes (160 hours in each class). These lessons are for foreign workers and their relatives and adults living and working in Portugal with the aim of integration and obtaining Portuguese nationality. On Saturday’s mornings, our 4th, 6th and 9th grade students have Portuguese and Maths’ lessons to help them to improve their skills. We promote some activities related to studying methods and habits, reading and writing habits, creativity. The School has a team (SPO/GIPE) which provides students’ psychological diagnosis and evaluation and other issues.
As far as the socioeconomic dimension is concerned, we emphasize the initiatives towards the social support in financial matters, orientation and counselling in financial management, employment, entrepreneurship and empowerment (autonomy skills).
New Bulgarian University (NBU)
NBU was established on September 18, 1991 by decision of the Grand National Assembly and is the first private university in Bulgaria with a special focus on the Humanities and the Arts, but its Law, Business Administration and IT schools are very strong too. On July 5, 2001 NBU received institutional accreditation from the National Agency for Assessment and Accreditation for a maximum 5-year period, which has been regularly renewed over the years. Since 2004, NBU has been recognised by The Open University, UK as an accredited organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University Validated Awards. NBU was the first university in Bulgaria to introduce the European credit transfer system (ECTS), the teaching of professional degrees, the bachelor’s and master’s degree, distance and continuing education.
Personalities of world renown are honorary professors and honorary doctors of NBU, including Richard Rorty, Vera Mutafchieva, Julia Kristeva, Jean-Pierre Vernant , Milcho Leviev, Robert Young, Raina Kabaivanska, Lord Ralf Dahrendorf, Terry Eagleton, Ennio Morricone and others. NBU has a Career Guidance Centre which offers professional guidance to students in their career choice and assists them in finding internships and job placements.
School 127 Ivan Denkoglu
School 127 Ivan Denkoglu, Sofia, Bulgaria is a larger than average comprehensive (primary and secondary) school. It is in an area of Sofia which has a diverse population. About ten percent of the pupils come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. All of the pupils learn English as a first foreign language. They enjoy coming to school and feel safe, and their parents think well of the school. The very good relationship between staff and pupils enables good personal development. The school’s excellent work with parents, business partners and university teachers and students also ensures the pupils’ well-being. In addition, the pupils themselves contribute widely to the community and older pupils effectively support younger ones through mentoring in a variety of activities.
The school has been involved in European educational programmes since 2000 as a partner and coordinating institution in the framework of the “Youth in Action” programme and the “Lifelong Learning” programme. The school is a member of the European Network Places of Peace (ENPP) and the European network “Ecomedia – Europe” in relation to various forms of communication technologies and media. The school has coordinated a “Youth in Action 1.1” project named “One photo, one hundred words” with partners from Italy, Greece, Romania and Turkey. The school has taken part in the COMENIUS 2.1 project (112245-CP-1-2003-1-TComenius- C2.1) ‘Education to human rights in the age of globalization’ with partners from Italy, Spain and Romania. The overall objectives of our institution are to reinforce the European education model. In particular, we wish to further develop our staff’s knowledge of the European experience by encouraging transnational cooperation between schools and by promoting the learning of languages and intercultural awareness. While Comenius projects are very interesting for pupils and also enhance the curriculum, teachers can also benefit from programs that contribute to their professional development. Given our membership in the European Union it is paramount for us that our students gain an insight into what it means to be a European citizen.
VEJLE KOMMUNE: UU Vejle – Youth Guidance Centre
The Youth Guidance Centre of the Municipal of Vejle, Denmark, is a guidance centre for young people between the age of 14 and 25. It is targeted particularly at young people who are not ready yet for education, haven’t started education, or for some reason have dropped out of education. The centre is working towards the Government objectives that 95% of a year group shall complete youth education, and limit the numbers of young people dropping out or changing education. It is independent of sector and institutional interests, and its activities shall be beneficial to the individual and society. The focus is on transition between compulsory school and youth education. Our core activities include personal education plan – transition plan, individual and group guidance sessions, vocational training and bridging to youth education, information retrieval /searching, involvement of parents and networks, and different projects for the target group.