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European projects

THRIVE – Training Hope, wellbeing and Resilience In Vulnerable Early school leavers

Partners: Ireland, Romania, Malta, Italy, Austria

Reference number: 2018-1-IE01-KA204-038808

Period: 01.10.2018 – 30.09.2020

The aim of the THRIVE project is to combine the principles, methods and techniques of positive psychology, trauma sensitivity, and emotional literacy, and create an open-access online course for educators working with early school leavers (ESLs). The course will help educators to increase their competencies in addressing the priority emotional and social learning needs of ESLs, and help these vulnerable young people gain the skills they need to benefit from education, training and employment opportunities.

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PRO-YOUTH: strategic cooperation for more efficient international work based learning schemes in the field of heritage tourism

Partners: Germany, Italy, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria

Reference number: 2018-1-DE02-KA202-005203

Period: 01.10.2018 – 31.03.2021

Most recent Eurostat data show that in the European Union there are almost 17 million young people that are neither in employment nor in education or training: the so called NEETs; policymakers are increasingly concerned by the economic and social consequences of their disengagement. This strategic project is needed to give an answer to EU youth for qualified work-based education inspired by the successful German model and at the same time to limit brain-drain, that strips Eastern and Southern EU countries from human capital that is a fundamental growth factor.

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SMART Adult Education

Partners: Italy, Romania, Greece, Spain

Reference number: 2018-1-IT02-KA204-048099

Period: 01.10.2018 – 30.09.2020

SMART Adult Education is a strategic partnership project for innovation in adult education lasting 24 months. The SMART Adult Education project aims to respond to some of the priorities of the Erasmus+  program in adult education. An essential key to foster the social and work inclusion of low-skilled adults is to constantly strengthen and update the professional skills of educators, an essential requirement to facilitate of transmission of alphabetic, mathematical, digital and transversal skills of adults themselves. 

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WE START! – Women Education and Strategic Approach for Training!

Partners: Italy, Greece, Romania, Austria, Germany, Cyprus

Reference number: 2018-1-IT01-KA202-006786

Period: 03.09.2018 – 02.08.2021

WE START! is a strategic partnership project for innovation in the field of VET lasting 35 months. The priority to which it responds is that of social inclusion. In particular, the project intends to develop participation processes, active citizenship and social inclusion; to increase digital skills to reduce gender differences; to favor access to the initial and continuing training of women aged 25-40 years who are European or „EU” citizens, non-European citizens, stateless persons, refugees, ROMs, single mothers, women subject to close family and/or religious ties, women living in rural areas. In order to support the active involvement of target women, the participation of professionals identified by the partners is foreseen among: trainers, sociologists, educators, psychologists, teachers and counselors.

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VALOR – Tacit knowledge emerging for a sustainable valorisation of the cultural heritage in rural and peripheral communities

Partners: Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Ireland, Portugal, Finland

Reference number: 2017-1-IT02-KA204-036745

Period: 01.11.2017 – 31.10.2019

Over many years the teams of volunteers who organise and manage the local cultural festivals and events have built up vast reservoirs of knowledge that is invaluable to their communities. While much of this knowledge is explicit and easily transmitted a significant proportion of it is tacit, based on know-how. Tacit knowledge is impossible to transmit through central media but it can be transmitted by lateral media.

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RESET – Pedagogy for Workforce Transition

Partners: France, Cyprus, Poland, Romania, Ireland, Finland, Greece

Reference number: 2017-1-FR01-KA204-037152

Period: 01.11.2017 – 31.10.2019

The ageing of the population is a demographic phenomenon in Europe characterised by a decrease in fertility, a decrease in mortality rate, and a higher life expectancy among European populations. in a report in 2006 the IMF projected that the ratio of retirees to workers in Europe will double to 0.54 by 2050 (from four workers per retiree to two workers per retiree). The size of the aged population is expected to grow not only in relative but also in absolute terms with the number of Europeans aged 80 and over expected to nearly triple, rising from 18 million in 2004 to approximately 51 million in 2051 (eurostat). In the context of this demographic change there is no doubt that our social security systems’ capacity to maintain today’s standard of living for future generations of older people will be severely challenged. For many individual Europeans the term retirement equates to living in poverty, with the risk of poverty of persons over the age of 65 increased by one third against national averages in most countries.

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An Innovative Modular Dual System Based on Business Processes Modeling and Simulation for Company Oriented Vocational Education and Training (InnoVET)

The significance of vocational education varies considerably throughout the states of the European Union. The situation in Greece e.g. can be considered as an example of occupational selection behaviour by adolescents graduating from secondary education that is influenced primarily by the aim to attain the highest possible educational level: In favour of presumed better career perspectives, the path of vocational education and training is quite often disregarded.

In view of the considerable unemployment rates among young people in several European countries a mismatch problem between company needs and education output becomes apparent.  The proposed project intends to generally raise the esteem for vocational education and training (VET) as a career option for young people and support recently begun relevant changes in different countries like Greece and Romania.

The main objective of the project is to promote open and innovative education, training and youth work with the implementation and adoption of an innovative modular VET BSIT Tool in order to model and simulate business processes of real enterprises. Modeling and simulation of business processes of real enterprises is the cornerstone of the project since the establishment of a virtual lab is going to serve that purpose and it will be an invaluable tool for educators and enterprises due to its modularity and it will also stimulate and engage not only VET students but also current employees, educators and entrepreneurs. In this way, the transition from education/training to the world of work will be enhanced.
These aims will also be pursued by organizing different workshops and establishing networks with the relevant stakeholders by stimulating transfer of know-how between VET experts in different EU countries.

The project contributes to change a purely school-based VET system step by step towards a dual (school and company-based) VET system. This will be affected by creating supportive materials and instruments (action guidelines), which can be applied also to other countries.

Project managers: Carmen Marica, Maricica Herghelegiu


Between 27 to 28 February 2017 took place in Calarasi the workshop Realities and prospects of Romania dual vocational education, professional schools relationship with businesses and institutions responsible".



Creative Approach to Key Competence Building for Marginalized Young Adults (CRE8IVE)

Reference number: 2015-2-RO01-KA205-015354

: Romania, Italy, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal, Finland

Period: 01.10.2015 – 01.10.2017

A dynamic economy with an emphasis on lifelong learning must be underpinned by a dynamic education sector and while tackling early school-leaving is one of the priority objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, addressing the skill deficits and building the key competences of the young unemployed already outside the education system is a key objective of ET 2020. Young Europeans without high-value skill-sets developed as part of an educational progression pathway will become increasingly marginalized and will struggle to realise their full potential in social, personal, employment and economic terms. Countries that fail to address these issues will lose competitiveness.

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Integration into vocational training, employment and social partaking in European context (INVOLT)

Reference number: 2014-1-DE02-KA204-001424

Partners: Germania, Austria, Cehia, România, Letonia
01.09.2014 – 31.08.2016

In the project „Integration into vocational training, employment und social partaking in European context - INVOLT!” business-oriented educational institutions from Germany, Czech Republic, Romania, Austria and Latvia as well as a German commercial enterprise take up problems of the European Union having their concrete consequences of employment market and social policy in the regions of partner countries and in further EU countries: More than six millions of young people in EU are having deficits in basic education (European Commission) and about two millions jobs are currently vacant in EU (EU Competence Panorama) in which a great deal is allotted to less skilled qualified work.

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B-Plan Second Round (B-Plan.2)

Reference number: 2012-1-IT-LEO05-02826

Partners: Italy, Romania, Poland, Slovakia
Period: 01.10.2012 – 30.09.2014

Entrepreneurial competences guidance and learning during the life of people could become a successful employment solution, and Europe should improve this field of intervention, still having lower performance in new business creation in comparison with other countries, US and Japan, or the BRIC countries.

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Early School Leaving & Second Chance Education (ESSE)

Reference number: 530901-LLP-1-2012-1-IE-KA4-KA4MP

Partners: Ireland, Malta, Romania, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Lithuania
Period: 01.01.2013 – 31.12.2014

The ESSE Project aims to support “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth through the reduction in rates of early school-leaving” across Europe.

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