The second meeting of the trans-national Social Competences project took place in the UK recently on 29th & 30th September. Kindly hosted by Gedling Borough Council, who housed the group in the impressive Council Chamber for the full 2-days.
The Council Chamber provided an impressive and fitting venue for the group to review the work carried out to date and to focus upon the development of the learning and training modules, which are the next stages of the project.
The conference started proper on the Tuesday with an opening address by the Leader of Gedling Borough Council - Councillor John Clarke, who was keen to see how the project outputs could benefit Gedling residents and how this project would link into their own Erasmus+ funded project which was looking into promoting Apprenticeships in SME's in Gedling.
The morning of the first day focused very much upon reporting research findings that each partner had conducted in their own country as a way of 'setting the scene' with some healthy discussions as a follow-up. After lunch the afternoon was spent looking at some examples of UK Best Practice along with a more in-depth look at examples of pilot course material and curriculum resource toolkit examples from Austria and the UK.
The Conference continued into the evening, with a change of venue to Ye Ole Trip to Jerusalem and The Bell Inn in Nottingham City centre to allow for some cultural sightseeing, refreshments, a ghost story or two and a spectacular tour around the caves underneath The Bell Inn.
On the Wednesday the group received an update from the Hungarian National Agency, but spent the substantive part of the day focused upon the implementation and follow-up of the attitude shaping of trainers of disadvantaged young unemployed adults. The group were then treated to a presentation delivered by JobCentre Plus focusing upon their work locally with unemployed young adults.
The Council Leader, Deputy Leader and a group of Gedling Borough Councillors then kindly held a reception for our international visitors in the Civic Centre. The conference then continued late into the night to enable the group to finalise dissemination plans, action plans and agree arrangements for the third transnational meeting, which is due to take place in Rome in May 2016.