From Austerity to Precariat

EAPNforo1‟Social inclusion policies under European frame: from austerity to precariat” is the tittle of Javier Farto López’s, President of Documenta, lecture which was presented within the Inclusion Policies in Cantabria under a European Perspective Forum which was organized by EAPN Cantabria and EAPN Spain -European AntiPoverty Network-. It took place on the 20th November at the facilities of the University of Cantabria.

The aim of the event was to make an analysis of the implementation of the European guidelines at regional level and to enrich the debate about how regional inclusion policies should be in order to assure citizens’ rights.

In his speech, Javier Farto pointed out the double social message the EC is sending: while the social budget is being reduced and the economistic is being promoted due to the excuse of the crisis, the idea of solidarity and social inclusion as a strategic factor for European growth is being spread (Strategy 2020). While the countries that don’t accomplish economic aims regarding deficit suffered from a hard discipline, soft discipline is applied regarding social and environmental aims.

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CQAF Online: Working Toward a Shared Perception on Dealing with Quality Initiatives

“When we first started as a team discussing the contents of our new educational program for addressing local businesses needs in our region, as well as the processes that need to be in place in order to run the program properly, the CQAF online model helped us moving ahead. The model provided support for many of the organizational issues that needed to be taken care of regarding content as well as the delivery process.”

CQAFtestado1One of the reactions out of the 19 training organisations which have been participating in the CQAF Online project, a 2011 project run under the Leonardo da Vinci program of the European Union. The CQAF online projects’ purpose was the development of an online application of a common quality assurance model for self-evaluation. This model has been developed based upon input of educational providers in a 2009 project called “Common Quality Assurance framework for (Adult) Vocational Education and Training Providers: CQAF for (A)VET). In the project partners from Cyprus (EDITC), Greece (Dimitra), Netherlands (Revalento), Spain (Documenta) and Sweden (Folkuniversitetet, also being the coordinator) have been working together closely to establish a set of common issues relevant for good education.

The CQAF Online project was set out first to further elaborate and test the already developed quality assurance model called CQAF VET. To assure for good education (addressing learner needs as well as the needs of relevant stakeholders) this model distinguishes three domains or axes: one addressing the content and didactical approaches, one covering the related organizational processes and one addressing learner issues like validity and recognition of what actually has been learned.

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GUIDE! Final Conference

GuideBerlin3GUIDE! team carried out the final conference of the project on the 5th November 2013 in Berlin. Guidance practitioners and policy makers from the partners’ countries (Germany, Italy, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Austria and Spain) attended to the event.

During this two years’ project:

• The chosen core competences which are in the main focus of the case studies were developed on the basis of a questionnaire filled in by 144 guidance practitioners from 7 different countries.

6 cases studies & 6 corresponding teaching notes were developed in 6 different languages which makes in total 72 different documents.

• The final case studies and teaching notes are influenced by the feedback of 81 testing candidates.

75% of them said their knowledge and awareness raising about is raised after working with the case studies.

During the conference, the European situation regarding guidance was analyzed, comparing the services and the methodologies undertaken among the above mentioned countries.

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DOCUMENTA Attends the European Conference on Quality in VET in Västerås, Sweden

CQAFfinalConferenceOn September 26, 2013, all partners of the Leonardo da Vinci project “Common Quality Assurance Framework-VET, a provider online model” (CQAF-VET online) attended the Conference that puts the finishing touch to a of long-way project. Based on a previous project which also counted with support of DOCUMENTA, CQAF-VET online has been developed as a self-evaluation tool for vocational training and training centers based on a common framework of Quality Assurance aimed at operating in the European level. The model also provides support to ensure the quality of the training programmes in Vocational training and Adult education by addressing the strategic aspects pointed out by the experts of the sector in each country (Contents of the training and learning, management of the organization, the learners, etc.). In this way the model can be a support in jointly working on the continuous improvement of education.

The event was held at the Aros Conference Centre in Västerås (Sweden), and counted with the participation of experts in Vocational Training and Lifelong Learning at European level, as well as authorities in the areas of Education and Culture from the European Commission and the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational education.

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