Shaping the lives of women through the development of global competences – exciting new project, BOOST takes on this challenge!

Global transformation is a constant in our lives, as emerging economic, digital, cultural, environmental forces, and global diseases (such as Covid-19) shape our lives and increase intercultural encounters. To cope with this complex environment, it is urgent to foster global competence and equip all, not only the adults of tomorrow, but also the adults of today, with the necessary know-how and tools to use global competence.

Twenty-first century citizens live in an interconnected, diverse, and rapidly changing world. The result of globalisation has made us have to work, educate ourselves, interact and share with others, from diverse backgrounds and cultures. In the globalised world of today, improving our understanding of beliefs, cultures, customs, languages, religions, and visions different from ours, is essential.

In today’s world, it is important that we all have the ability to become globally competent citizens. However, this opportunity is also influenced by a wavering notion of (in-)equality. This is why it is important, now more than ever to offer support and assistance to vulnerable women across Europe. The BOOST project looks to address this and provide opportunities to shape the lives of women so that they can continue to grow and develop to their full potential.

Speaking at the launch of the Project, Ms. Guadalupe Murillo, Manager with Solidaridad Sin Fronteras who are leading the project, stated that “BOOST looks to empower and motivate women to develop their full potential and generate a concrete impact through an effective and self-sustainable training programme. It is an exciting and far-reaching initiative that could have significant opportunities for transfer right across Europe.”

Therefore, the BOOST project will provide tailored training programmes for women through the BOOST MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and promote a comprehensive approach to global competence with tailored coaching tools for professionals working in this field, such as trainers, career counsellors, and intercultural mediators. All of the resources and materials will be freely available for widespread use across Europe in Spring 2022.

BOOST is a new project, funded under the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme that focuses on fostering global competence development among vulnerable women in order to advance their social inclusion and career paths.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

BOOST will be developed by a team of organisations from Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Poland, Ireland, and Turkey from September 2020 until August 2022.
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Tour2Include: Migrants’ integration into tourism-related professions

Educational paths for Migrants’ empowerment and upskilling

Tour2Include is an international project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission which aims to establish innovative approach supporting low-skilled migrants willing to work in the Tourism Sector to acquire the necessary and typical soft skills. In doing so, the project focuses on targeted training opportunities set to offer better career perspectives to migrants, thus avoiding undeclared work and marginalization.

On the 15th of April 2021, the Tour2Include Consortium gathered together for the third transnational meeting and had this opportunity to take stock about project implementation and further development.

After a brief welcome and introduction by Social Impact, partners moved on by (re)discussing key outcomes emerged from the assessment of Migrants’ qualification and training needs. Concluded in October 2020 and formally led by Italian partner CESIE, the aforementioned task has been carried out at national level by all organisations (for a total of three country reports) and identified several training and upskilling needs that can be broken down in three main clusters:

Based on these results, partners brainstormed on the structure of a reliable training programme that is consistent, reliable, relatable, and most importantly, able to tackle and narrow the skill mismatches of migrants. After collecting inputs from all partners, the Greek organisation AKMI shared the content foreseen as training material. In total the partnership produced 5 training modules focusing on:

  • General Soft Skills
  • Intercultural Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Tourism-related Skills
  • Digital Skills (Basic Applications of Computer and Web Literacy)

Each module is designed in further sub-units (i.e., didactic units), each of which focusing on a specific segment of the topic. During the meeting, partners reviewed the Learning Outcomes expected from each training module (assuring their consistency with targets’ needs and their legitimacy in consideration of the overall scope of the project) and the overall structure of the material in terms of content, visuals, and aesthetics.

Now partners will deep dive into the consolidation of the Glossary and Cultural Profile Snapshots, two documents foreseen as further teaching and learning support material.

The concept of a Glossary stems from the idea to propose a section for learners providing them with a sort of summary of key takeaways (i.e. a dictionary of learning outcomes); while the idea for a Cultural Profile Snapshot comes from the opportunity to offer learners essential information related to tourism and culture of the hosting country (represented by the consortium).

Later on, the Italian partner IDP shared with the consortium the results that partners are achieving in terms of communication and project awareness overall. The dissemination activities (i.e., formal mainstreaming of project’s activities, results, and deliverables) are extremely relevant because they enhance the visibility of the project at international level, its “grip effect” on relevant stakeholders and further opportunities for impact.

IDP European Consultants is the leader in Dissemination. We take care of monitoring the outreach of the project and suggest to the partners any strategies to improve their communication strategy. Since the beginning of the project, we have shared the dissemination plan, and all monitoring tools.

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