Since the launch of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) in 2007, hundreds of good projects have been funded in the field of school, higher or adult education and in vocational training. Financed by the European Commission, networks of national programme agencies for the LLP organise thematic monitoring and networking activities to better exploit the results of these projects and draw lessons and good practices from these experiences.
Subject areas currently being explored include:
- Further training of teachers and training staff: the "City-M" project
- Upgrading and matching skills to labour market needs: the "New Skills Network"
- Working with under-represented and disadvantaged groups: the "INCLUSION" project
- Quality assurance in vocational education and training and in adult education: the "QALLL" project
- Working together to understand and implement ECVET : "NetECVET"
What is thematic networking?
The main objective of thematic networking activities is to analyse and disseminate good practices around a common theme which have been developed in projects funded through the Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus and Grundtvig programmes. They may take the form of dissemination events, such as conferences, seminars or training sessions, or result in publications or websites. Thematic networking should improve synergies and co-operation between projects.
Thematic networking improves the exchange of information and knowledge across national boundaries. Learning lessons emerging from projects can make it easier to mainstream results and findings into national and European policies on education and training.
Previous thematic monitoring activities addressed the following themes:
- Quality of vocation education and training systems and practices, continuous training of teachers and trainers