EU grant aims to boost innovation in vocational training
The European Commission has selected 295 projects from 31 countries to receive grants under the Leonardo da Vinci programme. The programme aims to promote trans-national cooperation to foster innovation in and improve the quality of European vocational education and training. According to the European Commission, a total of €86 million has been awarded to co-finance the selected projects.
Ján Figel', European Commissioner in charge of Education and Training, said: "Since 2000, the Leonardo da Vinci programme has allocated more than 500 million euros to support some 1700 European cooperation projects.
"This major effort contributes to modernising our training systems and practices throughout Europe, and improves the transparency of vocational qualifications on the European employment market. In so doing, the Leonardo da Vinci programme directly helps Europe's citizens improve their skills to get a better job".
The European Commission says the current batch of projects focus in particular on the following themes:
*Developing new measures and instruments to present, promote and compare qualifications and competences at European, national and sectoral level
*Developing vocational training opportunities, specifically taking into account the transparency and the transferability of the learning outcomes gained in formal education
*ICT-supported learning, where learning based on information and communication technology is combined with other modes of learning such as learning groups, family learning or tutoring and transnational virtual study circles
*Developing appropriate training/learning materials to improve skills, also for less qualified workers
*Developing e-learning training tools for quality management in vocational education and training
*Training teachers and trainers and exchanging experience between schools, voluntary organisations, universities and companies
Leonardo da Vinci projects are selected on the basis of calls for proposals. The deadline for the Call for Pre-proposals for the 2006 selection round is 30 September 2005. Contacts and general information can be found on the Europa web site.
The 2006 selection round will be the last in the current phase of the Leonardo da Vinci programme, which is due to end in 2006. Thereafter, vocational training activities will continue to be supported under the new Integrated Action Programme in the field of lifelong learning (2007-2013) that has been proposed by the European Commission.
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