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NT4S Project – new tools in work based training
NT4S aims to develop new innovative learning tools in the field of work based learning. It follows on from the previous Erasmus+ Experience For Training project, which focused on successful models of work based learning (WBL) and the unique skill set of trainers working in this environment. This next project now focuses on the tools of trainers in the WBL environment, looking at transferring good practices across Europe and developing innovative new resources specific to this field.
Developing training in the workplace requires a thorough and adapted model. It’s not as easy as going in to partnership with a training centre or business; for example transfer of technical knowledge, development of transversal skills, engaging and retaining learners are all important factors in the success of any training programme.
NT4S is about improving current training tools in WBL, sharing existing resources with colleagues across Europe and developing new training tools where a need has been identified. Bringing together experienced WBL trainers from Italy, Portugal, Belgium, France and the UK, NT4S promotes knowledge share, know-how and high quality tools, in order to improve existing provision whilst tackling issues such gender equality, discrimination and participation of disadvantaged groups.
The Partners
Actions Intégrées de Développement (Belgium)
Actions Intégrées de Développement (AID) was established in 1985 and currently consists of 35 members in Brussels and Wallonia, i.e. WBL businesses and organisations (EFT). The centres in the AID training network support socio-professional integration of those over 18, with few or no qualifications and who are struggling to find work.
Scuola Centrale Formazione (Italy)
SCF is a non-profit organisation of 45 organisations which manage around 10,096 professional training centres, spread over 11 regions in the North, South and central Italy. SCF works primarily to offer support and effective coordination to all those involved, with a particular interest in the methodology, evaluation and the transfer of good practices.
Aspire I Limited (United Kingdom)
Aspire-igen is the largest professional guidance and training organisation in Yorkshire, United Kingdom (a region with a population of more than 5 million). The group is a not for profit social enterprise with 22 years of experience in the field of employment for young people and adults.
Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (Portugal)
SPI is a private consultancy company, established in 1997, as the centre for national and international networks linked to Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and innovation. Since its creation, SPI has become a major promoter of links between businesses in the private sector, scientific and technical institutions, and public/private organisations - SPI has taken the lead in managing projects which favour regional, national and international development; fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and management of knowledge.
Convergences-Emploi Cergy (France)
Convergences Emploi focuses on inclusion and employment of the most disadvantaged at local level in Cergy-pontoise (Val d’Oise). Its main goals are pathways to full inclusion through individualised and enhanced support, developing formal and informal training, helping private businesses in the fight for social inclusion.
CSC – Diversité (Belgium)
CSC (the Confederation of Christian Trade Unions) is the largest national trade union federation in Belgium. Within CSC, the Diversity department provides its own representatives with information and training, and raises their awareness about the fight against discrimination and how to cope with diversity in organizations and companies. The Diversity department is also involved in designing and producing teaching tools which are used during training sessions; the department helps union representatives to design diversity plans on the shop floor. In co-operation with the legal department, the Diversity department also deals with reported discrimination issues. The Diversity department is active in the French-speaking part of Belgium, i.e. Brussels and the Walloon Region.
Partner Meeting 1
On 25 - 26th January 2018 NT4S partners (from Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal and the UK) met in Charleroi, Belgium to kick off the two year project. The coordinator presented the aims, objectives and action plan, and the intellectual outputs of the project were discussed by the partners. In order to gain a common understanding of work based learning, the partners had a presentation from Centre Monceau-Fontaines which welcomes 15 businesses from the social and solidarity based economy, (a solidarity economy is based on efforts that seek to increase the quality of a region or community through local business and not for profit endeavours). More examples of ‘EFT’ style training centres were presented, such as Le Germoir - training in hotels and restaurants, cafés and cleaning, AID Soleilmont - horticulture projects and maintenance of green spaces/gardens and Quelque Chose à Faire - transformation, renovation and construction projects.
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Partner Meeting 2
The second NT4S meeting took place in Bradford, UK on 29 - 30th May 2018. The aim of this meeting was to gather WBL trainers from each partner country, understand the different WBL contexts directly from the trainers working in them, and identify their common needs, differences, challenges and solutions. The trainers took part in a peer-learning exercise which involved selecting their own best practices and teaching materials to present to the group. Already from the meeting it was clear that some of the trainers’ tools were very similar, however most trainers felt that any new tools they saw would need to be adapted to work in other countries and contexts.
Following the presentations each trainer chose 2-3 practices from another country to adapt and test in their own context. They will then evaluate how successfully the practices could be transferred to their own work, and potentially more widely to WBL centres across Europe. Trainers reported that although they were satisfied with the exchange, they still have needs that weren’t currently addressed by any of the tools presented during the day. These needs will form future recommendations for the next phase of the project – the development of new tools in work based learning.
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What’s Next
The trainers are currently in the testing phase, which is due to be completed by the next meeting in October in Cergy, France. The results of the testing will feed in to a needs analysis and a series of recommendations for developing new tools as part of the next phase of the project. The most transferable tools will be disseminated on the NT4S online platform and available in different European languages - English, French, Italian and Portuguese.

Find out more: info@nt4s.eu

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This content reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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