Sub-programme: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action: Strategic Partnerships for school education
Unlocking Talent and Potential (UTP) is a successful UK Government funded project in its third year, having already reached around 4,500 students through 50 unique projects or 'Meaningful Learning Experiences'. This project aims to refine the UTP model, making it flexible and effective for communities across the EU and deliver the results seen in the UK wider across the continent.
Our objectives are to develop local communities and economies through contribution to school improvement, education business engagement, building capacity within staff and supporting progressive skills development and the understanding of unique strengths in young people.
The partnership includes four organisations that represent a broad range of communities in very different geographic locations and economic circumstances within the EU. The partners also have different roles and experience in their respective education sectors, enabling our project to work with diverse groups and produce outcomes of value to a wide range or organisations and individuals.
In order to achieve our objectives, we will combine transnational meetings with virtual communication and collaborative working methods to create a strong partnership to prepare pilot delivery of the model across the partner countries. We will then publish our model with spporting documents and resources, together with an open-access catalogue of the case studies, to which others can be added in the future. The project will conclude with a conference to bring together the broader EU network of organisations and individuals interested in the evolution of entrepreneurship education and delivering excellent, practical and sustainable learning.
The methodology used will be based on the proven UTP model delivered within the UK in three different communities. Significant time will be spent in the reconstruction of the model to be appropriate for all and functional without external assistance required. Beyond this we will use project management methodologies contributed to by all partners to deliver a project beyond expectations.
Upon completion, our project will be produce practical results in the form of the full model content and the case study catalogue which will provide immediate engagement across the network for anyone interested in our project and using our work for their own benefit. This will be further strengthened by a cohesive network, discussing important developments and changes to European education. We hope UTP will be a first step and a link into a longer conversation and further collaboration.
In the longer-term, the project will seek to build and maintain momentum, both through relationships within the established network and through ongoing practical action. By widening the use of innovative methods to improve VET across the EU, the project will help to enhance employability and entrepreneurship skills, as well as aspirations and confidence of young people, while also helping to address local labour market needs.