App.t final conference – 20 June 2017

We are pleased to invite you to the final multiplier event and conference for the App.t project.

Date: Tuesday 20 June 2017
Start time: 10.30am
Venue: University of Wolverhampton, City Campus Wulfuna
Room: MC301, Millennium City Building

Participation is free, but booking is essential for catering purposes. Please reserve your place online via Eventbrite.

Agenda

10.30 Registration, coffee and networking
11.00 Welcome to the University of Wolverhampton
Sam Hope – Associate Dean, Knowledge Transfer, Research and Enterprise, University of Wolverhampton  (project coordinator)
11.15 Introduction to the App.t project
Helen Sargeant – Principal Lecturer, Commercial Income and Entrepreneurship, University of Wolverhampton
11.30 Keynote Speech
Karen Shaw – Business Development Manager, University of Wolverhampton Business School
12.00 Social Enterprise parallel workshops
A:  What is Social Enterprise?
Alison Carminke and Helen Sargeant, University of Wolverhampton
B:  Vision, Values and Mission
Martina Bachmeier and Jennifer Steffan – VHS Cham, Germany (project partner)
13.00 Lunch
14.15 Trainer and Trainee parallel workshops
A: Trainees – Create a business plan
Louise Hunter – Business Incubation Manager, University of Wolverhampton
Clair Brick – Siawns Teg, United Kingdom (project partner)
B:  Trainers – Working with learners to access the labour market
Martin Synkule and Martin Rejmíš – FM Consulting, Czech Republic (project partner)
15.00                    End

App.t and YTTM – Italian session

YTM website

The App.t project continues its collaboration Gecko Programmes, coordinators of the Youth Talent to Market (YTTM) project.

App.t goes to Prague

Group mtg 1The App.t project’s second transnational partner meeting took place on 5 and 6 April 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The meeting was hosted by Martin Synkule, Jan Hrdina and Alice Raffa of FM Consulting, and partners thanked them for their excellent organisation and great choice of venue, the Plaza Alta hotel.

Alison Carminke and Helen Sargeant of the University of Wolverhampton (the project coordinator), led the meeting and presented on project management and finance, quality, dissemination and commercialisation. Helen also led a workshop where partners reviewed the existing content which is in the process of being adapted for the app which will form the project’s main output.

Martin and Jan presented on the trainee and trainer guide to be produced as part of IO5. Clair Brick of Siawns Teg presented on the mapping and accreditation which will happen throughout the project. Aleksandra Sikorska-Ellwanger of VHS Cham presented the piloting results to date.

Pranas Benikas of VsI Galvocius discussed his ideas for the hosting of the project final conference, suggesting that Šiauliai, Lithuania’s fourth largest city, is the county capital and would be a more appropriate dissemination venue than his town of Radviliškis.  Partners considered how the final conference could be made engaging and effective, considering that many attendees will not be fluent in English.

Group dinner

Employability and App.t – Erasmus+ learning network

A meeting table with a sheet of flipchart paper with hand-written questions about employability
Questions from the employability network

On Thursday 4 December 2015 the App.t project manager attended an Erasmus+ learning network on employability (options for widening participation and measuring impact were also available). These learning networks are a fantastic opportunity to meet other people who are running European projects in the UK, and to find out more about other projects in the field.

Within the employability network, discussions took place around the barriers to employer involvement, particularly for SMEs, and how to engage students and ensure that they have meaningful interaction with employers.  The picture above shows the wide range of questions for further consideration that the group came up with!

One of the key outcomes of these learning networks is more information on existing projects funded by the UK National Agency. At the employability workshop, project managers presented on relevant projects under the LLP and Erasmus+ programmes:

VoCoL Triangles – Using cooperative learning to promote employer engagement – top tip: Work with innovation-friendly employers

IDEATE – Interdisciplinary entrepreneurial application for transforming education in high technologies – top tip: Smaller universities outside of Western Europe can be more agile and have less bureaucracy to go through when validating qualifications

Destiny – Developing Employability Skills through Innovative Education using MOOCs for Youth – top tip: Make the most of new technologies to engage young learners

We also heard about work done with NEETs in the Vale of Glamorgan through Key Action 1 mobilities and there were some really inspiring stories: teenagers without aspirations who had gone on a mobility and then realised what they wanted to do with their life, and had gone on to have successful careers, in many cases still working outside of the UK. This really clearly demonstrated the benefits of mobility activities in producing European citizens who can transfer their skills and work in a range of countries.

It was great to hear from so many motivated and passionate individuals in the field of employability, who are all focused on the goal of enhancing employment opportunities for young people not only in the UK, but throughout Europe.

App.t project and Youth Talent to Market (YTTM)

YTM website

 

 

 

 

The App.t project has started collaborating with Gecko Programmes, coordinators of the Youth Talent to Market (YTTM) project.

App.t project works towards employability and entrepreneurship

In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, the European Union has taken significant steps to fight rising levels of unemployment and return to economic growth.  Unemployment rates for young people in Europe are generally much higher than those for all other ages. A 2009 EU Youth Report also found that there are still a large number of young people in Europe who leave education and training without holding any labour market related qualifications. People who are struggling to find employment may be interested in starting up their own business. However, start-up activity is difficult, there is high risk and more than 50% of new businesses fail within the first 5 years. Strong and well-performing Vocational and Educational Training (VET) can help deal with the challenge facing start-uppers in a competitive economy coming out of the global recession. The University of Wolverhampton is now working on two EU-funded projects to target this issue.

 

App.t is a consortium of 5 European partners, led by the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, aiming to create an app to support target groups who are unemployed and their trainers. It will contain interactive training content which focuses on developing business start-up skills based on the principles of social enterprise.

 

VET4Start-Up is a consortium of 6 European partners, led by EURO-NET, an Italian company, aiming to create training materials (including a Massive Online Open Course) for people who are interested in starting up their own business.

 

Both projects are funded under the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership programme for Vocational Education and Training.

 

Kick-off meetings for both projects have already taken place, giving partners the opportunity to meet each other and discuss the plan of work within the project in order to reach the set objectives. The VET4Start-Up meeting took place in December 2014 in Potenza, Italy, hosted by EURO-NET and the App.t meeting was hosted by the University of Wolverhampton in March 2015.

 

The next international project meeting for VET4Start-Up is in June 2015 in Malta, and for App.t is in June 2016 in Prague.

 

Both projects are currently working on identifying existing practice in the partner countries, including examples which have successfully helped people to start-up a business. This information will be used to inform the production of the training resources.

 

The projects will be running events where interested members of the public can come along to find out more and get involved with testing the products. More information is available at: http://apptproject.eu/wp/ and http://www.vet4startup.eu/.

App.t partners start work on employability project

Picture 1 brightOn 3 and 4 March 2015, members of the App.t project consortium came together to take part in a project kick-off meeting. The meeting was hosted by the University of Wolverhampton as the project coordinator.  Project manager Helen Sargeant of the University’s Faculty of Arts welcomed representatives from the four other project partners:

  • Siawn Teg Limited (Wales, UK)
  • VSL Galvocius (Lithuania)
  • VHS Cham (Germany)
  • FM Consulting (Czech Republic).

During the meeting, as well as discussing project management and overall quality issues, the consortium made a start on brainstorming the technical structure of the App.t app which will be one of the project’s main outputs. Good progress was made and the University’s IT Futures department is now working on the app’s development.