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Partner Briefing No 46 - September/October 2003
1) Leonardo da Vinci - Information Days

Leonardo da Vinci is a European Community programme which supports national training strategies through funding a range of transnational partnership projects. These projects aim at improving quality, fostering innovation and promoting the European dimension in vocational training and cover a range of activities for example work placements and study visits in another European country for students and training staff. These ‘mobility’ projects provide unique opportunities for individuals to update their professional skills, and for organisations to establish partnerships and develop training curricula.

If you wish to apply for funding, the next project application deadline is the 13th February 2004.

To guide you through the application process for these projects we have organised five information days throughout the UK and there is still one you can attend:

20th November, British Council, London

For more information please see the Leonardo website or contact Katrina on 020 7389 4389.

2) Vocational Education and Training: Principal Issues and Strategy
Seminar on the 19-23 January 2004 in Brighton, UK

This multinational event will focus on the part played by vocational education and training (VET) internationally in preparing people for the world of work. Through the exchange of information and best practice, participants will explore latest developments and approaches for tackling common challenges. The main topics and issues will include: VET policy development; best practice in teaching and learning; occupational standards and competencies for business and industry; qualifications; governance and management of VET institutions; the role of employers and quality systems. It will have a strong appeal to policy-formers and decision-makers in government and education, vocational education practitioners, and employers with a particular interest in vocational skills and workforce development. All will be encouraged to share experiences so as to create and foster a network to shape future policies and initiatives in this field.

Full details of the seminar, including an application form, can be found at the British Council seminars website.


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