Croydon College has been successful in gaining Erasmus+ funding!
Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) programme for education, training, youth and sport, with the EU committing £12 billion to the programme between 2014 and 2020. In the UK, the programme is managed by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.
The project is funded under Key Action 1 of the programme, which focuses on mobility, or spending time abroad. The aim of Key Action 1 projects is to fund opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, enhance their employability and increase their knowledge of other cultures. The aim is for students and staff to gain valuable experience of European school education and to improve UK school education practice.
The project will provide 2-week mobilities to France or Spain incorporating different types of work experience for learners according to their individual learning needs and professional development aspirations. Mobilities will incorporate work placements for participants who have developed or are making good progress towards achieving a good level of knowledge and understanding of their vocational area but who either lack practical experience or are looking to develop the breadth and depth of their technical expertise.
Undertaking a work placement in another EU country will provide significant European Added Value by enabling participants to develop and improve language skills and broaden cultural knowledge and understanding. Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of our VET learners will not have had access to opportunities to undertake learning and work experience abroad thus this project will provide opportunities that they would not otherwise have access to without the benefit Erasmus+ funding
The Salon Skills for Europe (SSfE) aims to equip our Hair and Beauty VET learners with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to achieve their learning aims and career development aspirations within their chosen field. The project is based around partnerships between Croydon College and clusters of hair and beauty business in Marseille, France and Seville, Spain that will act as ‘Host Employers’, providing work experience placements for project participants. This will provide work experience for our learners as a mechanism for developing their skills and enabling them to enhance their CVs so that they are better able to compete in the labour market:
The key objectives are to provide vocational and career development benefits for the participants, including:
Enhanced awareness, understanding and experience of job roles within the hair and beauty sector, development of specialist knowledge and practical skills, Improved employability and workplace skills, development of vocational, personal, intercultural and linguistic skills and progression into employment and/or further study within the hair and beauty sector
Head of Department Clare Price said: “We are delighted to have been successful in Erasmus+ and are looking ahead to starting the project. 24 Students from this semester will benefit from the project and the opportunities it will provide to learn abroad travelling to both France and Spain and look forward to extending the programme to include our Catering and Construction students in 2020 -2021
For more information about funding opportunities visit www.erasmusplus.org.uk or telephone 0208 657 2432 07500 777471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.