A delegation of four left Wac Arts for Malaga recently to attend a two-day development project with our European partners. As part of our commitment to remain at the forefront in arts development, Wac Arts works with a range of partner organisations. Our partnerships allow us to offer a wide range of opportunities to our students, beyond the facilities at Wac Arts.
Our work in Europe focuses on Euro-Arco Key Competences for young people – a training programme based on an original concept from Wac Arts. Within the European Union, Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation fund, this work is centred around inclusion for those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs). It is part of the European Union’s Lifelong Learning programme, which supports vocational education and training organisations to improve training, skills and employability.
Wac Arts developed the ‘Transferable Skills’ training toolkit, which is now being tested by our European partner organisations in the participating countries. The partners meet regularly to feedback and develop this training, taking into account the similarities and differences between key skills, core skills and transferable skills in the individual nations.
The entire European project is set within a context of rising unemployment among young people in Europe as a whole. All the participating partner organisations are currently working with young people from disadvantaged communities, many of whom have been alienated by mainstream education and formal approaches to learning. We share experience to re-engage and motivate the so called ‘lost generation’ of NEETs with a viable training alternative based on transferable skills through a range of creative and leisure activities.
This is an inspirational programme where we have the opportunity to share our work across Europe and to exchange a vast range of international experience and knowledge. With partners including youth arts organisations from Cyprus, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and UK, Wac Arts really is ‘empowering young people to change their world’.