Euro-Arco is a large scale co-operation project in partnership with the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, the Leonardo da Vinci Programme. Euro-ARCO Transfer of Innovation supports vocational education, training organisations, as well as staff and learners across the European Union to work together to enhance their training, skills, and employability. Euro-Arco’s goals will be achieved in collaboration with various transnational organisations such as Wac Arts and Rinova in the UK, MuLab in Italy, Questao in Portugal, MetroLab in Spain, Hope for Children in Cyprus, and Kunstbedrijif Arnhem in the Netherlands.
Euro-Arco’s main purpose is to transfer and adapt innovative vocational education, training materials and methods and to establish key competences of young people who are not currently in education, employment and training. The ARCO project’s overall aim is to support young people who are NEET, particularly those from disadvantaged communities. Their main goal is for the young people to be able to maximise their potential in terms of social, cultural and economic involvement. The Transfer of Innovation is designed by the Transferable Skills Toolkit for Trainers which gave the opportunity to test and validate a non-formal approach to learning. This toolkit was developed by Wac Arts in association with Rinova. With the rise in unemployment rates amongst young people, the ARCO project comes of great importance with hopes to see the levels of unemployment to decline.
Last week Celia, Camille and Mel represented Wac Arts in Rome, for the wrap up meeting of the Euro-Arco, Transfer of Innovation project. Camille ran a workshop to inform arts and youth practitioners on how to access and utilise the created toolkit going forward in their roles working with young people. The European teams also took part in presentations discussing the projects journey and their own personal journey over the last year. Even though this project has ended Wac Arts are now looking at similar smaller projects with European Partners to begin in 2015.