E2MP project

Welcome to the online training for youth workers managing international mobility projects. This online platform was set up in the framework of an Erasmus+ Strategic partnership entitled E2MP (European Mobility Project Management Platform), gathering 5 partners: ADICE (France), CCW (UK), EFM (Poland), SophieDelebarre Conseil (France) and CESIE (Italy).

This online training has been designed for organizations and project managers working with youth; its aim is to youth workers to acquire necessary skills to manage well mobility projects, and especially to support young people and young people with fewer opportunities before, during and after their mobility project. It was written by project managers, with many years of experience in the preparation of successful mobility projects of hundreds of people, who can and want to share with you their experiences and good practices.

Why a training to manage mobility projects?

Several studies1 show that most of the people involved in mobility experiences have added values in terms of skills, open mind, self-confidence etc. It represents the possibility for a young people to enter in a learning path: personal, social, intercultural, professional competences are acquired thanks to non-formal, peer education and daily engagement. Moreover, the participation increased the opportunities to find a job.

The Erasmus Impact Study (2014), that measured for the first time the impact of Erasmus programme (2007-2014) on employability skills, demonstrates that young people who study or attend a training abroad enhance their employability and their career development skills:

1. The risk of facing long-term unemployment is reduced to half;

2. One in three trainees are offered a position in their host company abroad after the traineeship;

3. They develop an entrepreneurial attitude and most of them continue to live and work in an international environment.

The approach used during the mobility period is the key for its success. The young people, during the whole experience, will get to know with new contexts, habits, traditions, new people and new points of reference. They might lose their own and need to define new references relativizing the cultural process experienced till that time. The learning process lasts for the whole service but the awareness process starts later on.

These are the reasons why mobility has become, nowadays, one of the most important non-formal education methods for young people in Europe to improve their personal development and professional skills. Mobility is now available to people of all ages and coming from different socioeconomically backgrounds (e.g. children, students, youth workers, apprentices, managers, teachers, people with no qualifications and no language skills, entrepreneurs, etc.). The main mobility projects are included in the Erasmus+ Programme and 14.7 billion euros are allocated by the European Commission for projects developed around Education, Training, Youth and Sport. Erasmus+ covers the three Key Actions:

  • KA1: Learning Mobility of Individuals

  • KA2: Cooperation for Innovation And Exchange of Good Practices

  • KA3: Support for Policy Reform

According to the European Commission, the European mobility programmes “shall encourage young citizens to take an active role in social action and community development, and they shall offer a once-in-lifetime experience for personal development”.2

Getting a grant is possible today for everyone who meets the criteria imposed by the Erasmus+ Programme. But having a grant is not enough to succeed in a mobility project. Behind a good mobility project there are hours of research and preparation. The key role in this equation is played not just by the direct beneficiaries, but by the project managers and tutors who will follow the path of the project from its creation to the final completion report.

How is the online platform organized?

The aim of this online training is to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage a mobility project from the beginning to the return of the participant. It provides you with pedagogical tools, advice and tips and a self-evaluation that should help you prepare your own tools and methods.

There are 6 modules that have to be completed to obtain the certification:

  1. Promoting mobility projects and creating good partnerships

  1. Defining a project for a participant

  1. Preparing for a successful mobility project

  1. Welcoming, hosting and following up the participant

  1. Evaluating and capitalizing the project after the end of the mobility

  1. Handling specific issues

In each module, special information is provided to work with young people with fewer opportunities; these sections – that are optional – can give access to special certification at the end if you intend to read them through.

The training is based on internal information and practices used by the participating organizations in this project, and it is also supported by additional information provided by the National Agencies and European Commission websites. Other tools like video, links, tables, schemes came into help for a better understanding of the Erasmus + projects’ management.

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What do I get at the end?

After the training, you will be invited to go through a self-evaluation that will assess your understanding of the modules and help you prepare your own pedagogical tools. You will receive a certificate confirming your participation to the modules and your ability to manage well international mobility projects.

 

1 European Commission, Erasmus impact study: effects of mobility on the skills and employability of the students and the internationalisation of higher education Institution, 2014

2 Youth Programme, Action 2 – European Voluntary Service, EVS Volunteer Training, Guidelines and Minimum Quality Standards, Nov. 2014, p.2