In the past few weeks, the CERTIFY project team have been re-scheduling a variety of activities due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our way of working and living.
The second project team meeting was supposed to be hosted by the Luigi Sturzo Institute in Rome, during the second week of May, in conjunction with the second international training mobility involving a group of 16 adult learners. The partners agreed to postpone both the meeting and the training event in Rome to the Autumn, and decided to replace the face-to-face team meeting with an online meeting virtually ‘hosted’ by the partner from Belgium ATiT.
During the two-day online meeting, all partners were actively involved in fruitful discussions to plan how to proceed in the development of the planned intellectual outputs, starting from the completion of the Research Report on the state of art of the recruiting system in the cultural and creative sectors in the six partner countries, that will include also a comparison of the skills acquired through the completion of the formal education systems with those required by the cultural and creative labour market in each country.
Two sub-groups were formed to coordinate the production of the following outputs:
– ATiT, supported by Loughborough University, De Montfort University and VsI “Lyderystes ir verslo akademija”, will take the lead on the development of a mobile application to create Digital ‘curricular’ stories and of the e-learning platform;
– Loughborough University, supported by Siena Art Institute and SPES GMBH, will work together to create an agile Handbook for the creation of Digital ‘curricular’ stories.
Luigi Sturzo Institute, supported by Research Paths, will keep working together to finalise the Research Report that will be published by the end of June.
During the meeting the team was delighted to welcome the youngest member of our CERTIFY European family, the one-month-old beautiful Wren. Congratulations to our wonderful colleague Lyndsey Bakewell and her partner David Smith!
Within the CERTIFY project we are undertaking a survey in order to:
Map the state of art of the recruiting system in the cultural and creative sectors in six partner countries, including Italy, United Kingdom, Greece, Austria, Lithuania and Belgium.
Compare the skills acquired through the completion of the formal education systems with those required by the cultural and creative labour market in each country.
The project will utilise this data to develop a range of tools and training programmes designed to aid the recognition of transversal skills and key competences, considering how to better use them in the job-seeking process.
The survey has been translated in all partners’ languages and is now open.
20 participants from 7 European Countries will be involved in the first training mobility of the CERTIFY Project from Monday the 16th of December to Friday the 20th.
Dr Antonia Liguori (Lecturer in Applied Storytelling at Loughborough University and PI on the project) and Dr Lyndsey Bakewell (Lecturer in Drama and Co-I from De Montfort University) will facilitate a 5-day Digital Storytelling training workshop aimed at sharing this creative practice with two adult learners from each country involved in the project.
The CERTIFY project seeks to help individuals wanting to work in the Cultural and Creative sectors, considered to be a sector for investment by the European Commission, by developing and testing a new methodology based on digital tools for people to identify and recognise their transversal skills, as identified in the 2020 strategy.
All participants will be involved in another training activity in May so to be able to then deliver themselves Digital Storytelling workshops in their own country.
The digital stories produced will be included in a collection of open educational resources and new intellectual outputs for adult education.
With the kick-off meeting hosted by Loughborough University on the 4th and the 5th of November in their main campus in the Midlands, the CERTIFY project partners officially started to plan a series of activities that will include a Digital Storytelling training workshop in December and a Mentoring programme in May for a group of around 20 adult learners from 7 European Countries.
This project will help individuals wanting to work in the Cultural and Creative sectors by developing and testing a new methodology based on digital tools for people to identify and recognise their transversal skills, as identified in the 2020 strategy.
Watch out for news about the first training course being organised by the team on applied storytelling from 16 to 20 December.