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aspetti salienti del secondo Joint Staff Training del progetto ETTE
Vi segnaliamo questo articolo sul secondo Joint Staff Training del progetto ETTE, ospitato da AFPA e al quale ha preso parte anche una delegazione di ENAIP NET.
Along with its project partners – CEFOCHIM ENAIP NET, ENDURANCE, EVTA, IME-GSEVEE, LE FOREM, TECHNIFUTUR – EVBB has participated in the second training circuit dedicated to European VET centres within ETTE. Organised by AFPA, the circuit was a discovery journey of the circular economy´s futuristic wonders and their potential for training programmes strongly embedded in the local reality.
Lille’s lively gracefulness and AFPA’s flagships for excellence in the circular economy marked the second study visit carried out within the frame of ETTE. For three days, from June 18th, up to the 21st, VET managers, teachers and training staff from four countries and nine different organisations participated in a full intensive training circuit revolving around skills centres, recycling factories, and clusters of little and medium enterprises committed to working together to ensure a more sustainable and fair development for future generations.
ETTE (European Trainers’ Training for Excellence, hyperlink) is an Erasmus+ project aimed at enhancing structural synergies and cooperation among VET centres of excellence with a view to fostering the local dimension of quality along with the continuous professional development of teachers and trainers. Within the ETTE project´s context, four joint staff training circuits are implemented with the aim of testing the quality and effectiveness of VET excellence centres across Europe, promoting the exchange of good practices, fostering transnational networking and creating a breeding ground for improvement and further development on the way for a European label for excellence.
After LE FOREM in Wallonia, it was now the turn of AFPA to show the way of excellence in the Hauts-de-France region, just past the Franco-Belgian boarder. An association for the professional training of adults, AFPA is the first national agency providing qualifications to workers and highly specialised training in certain professions. For almost 70 years by now, AFPA has been an invaluable partner of the French Ministry of Labour by designing and implementing certification programmes, developing studies on the new skills and foresight on future needs of the employment sector, all within an approach committed to social interest and long-term sustainability.
The three-day visit to the Hauts-de-France´s training centres was an extraordinary opportunity for VET operators from other European VET excellence centres to get an overall view of how different socio-economic actors join forces to establish and foster circular-economy loops at the local and even regional level. The AFPA cutting-edge training centres of Lomme and Hazebrouck were in the spotlight. Participants could visit the training platforms (plateaux de formation) where trainees made ready for their future job within a very hands-on, problem-solving methodology. The pedagogical approach of AFPA is in fact based on realistic practical problems the trainees are asked to confront by thinking both individually and together. Trainers are available to support and eventually guide the students to the work out appropriate and well-tailored problem-solving strategies. The training staff consists of highly professional and motivated teachers who are capable of conveying enthusiasm and trust. This last is an essential ingredient of the training provided by AFPA, as most of their beneficiaries are adults who have lost or quit their previous job and are looking for a fresh start into a new profession, and adolescents who dropped out from school and need pedagogical tools and approaches others than those offered in traditional educational settings.
Other highlights of the staff training circuit were the visits to the “Vitamin T Group” headquarters and to the museum “La Piscine”.
Established as an enterprise aimed at providing employment to jobless young people, Vitamin T developed as an inspired and inspiring group who made of their brave vision of the future a concrete reality. Today, it consists of a partnership of regional enterprises which cover, together, entire cycles of sustainable economy, from the biodynamic production of food to the high-specialised recycling factories that are the jewels in the crown of the the Hauts-de-France region.
The art and industry museum André Diligent is better known as “la Piscine” (the swimming pool) and was established in 1835 in Roubaix, less than 15 kilometres away from Lille. Its development throughout more than a century represents a good example of a prolific synergy between a cultural site and a multiplicity of local actors, including vocational schools, arts and crafts, and publishers. The museum includes considerable artwork of the Art Nouveau and Art Déco styles around a swimming pool that has for long served public health purposes and whose architecture draws inspiration from Greek and Roman classical thermae. Artwork by artists as Chagall and Picasso enrich the collection.
Beside learning about the AFPA approach, the ETTE partners were also given food for thought on the topic of circular economy through diversified opportunities to exchange, as by sharing presentations on their own activities in the field, participating in icebreaking games and taking the lead of the final evaluation session.
Giving all and every one a second, third and umpteenth chance is certainly one of the distinguishing features that mark AFPA´s training provisions. The underlying philosophy is that every individual deserves to get as many opportunities as needed to develop their skills and find their way into the job market. Another bur related hallmark of excellence consists in AFPA´s training centres being so deeply embedded in the socio-economic fabric of the region and respondent to its specific needs. Along with the bustling landscape of social and green enterprises they belong to, the Lomme and Hazebrouck provide training programmes that are at one and the same time needed by the local employment market and forward-looking with respect to the needs of the global economy. They design and implement certification programmes that respond to the braveness and the ambition of a socially responsible and environmentally friendly economy. With this respect, it is work mentioning the two professional profiles specifically created by AFPA: the technical agent of waste collection and the agent of soil remediation.
The next joint staff training will take place in Conegliano, Italy, on the topic of food catering and hospitality.
Luisa de Paula
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