Mobility project for adult education staff
Learning mobility for adult education staff aims at raising the key competences and skills of staff in adult education in order to increase the quality of teaching and learning in all forms and to make them relevant to the needs of the labour market and society at large. Particular attention will be given to projects addressing the teaching/learning needs of disadvantaged adult learners (including refugees, asylum seekers and migrants). It is expected that adult education organisations use learning mobility of their staff strategically and in terms of internationalising their organisation and of raising the capacity of it.
1. Organisational Support
The organisational support grant is a contribution to costs incurred by the organisations in relation to activities of staff mobility. The purpose of the grant is to facilitate the organisation of high quality mobility activities with a view to raising the capacity of the adult education organisations. For example:
- preparation and follow-up of the European Development Plan;
- providing information and assistance to staff;
- selection of staff for mobility activities;
- organisational arrangements with partner institutions (in particular in case of job-shadowing and teaching assignments);
- preparation of mobility agreements to ensure the quality and recognition of mobility activities
- linguistic and intercultural preparation for mobile staff;
- ensuring efficient mentoring and supervision arrangements of mobile staff;
- supporting the reintegration of mobile participants and building on their acquired new competences to improve the quality of teaching and learning provisions of the adult education organisation.
The quality of the implementation and follow-up of the project by the organisation will be taken into account when the final grant is decided. The quality implementation of the mobility project should follow the guidelines set out in this Annex on Mobility for adult education staff.
2. Before Mobility
A: European Development Plan
Before applying, an adult education organisation must develop a European Development Plan; this plan is part of the application form. This section indicates how the planned mobility activities are inscribed in a wider and long-term strategy of development and modernisation of the organisation.
This European Development Plan will be an important part of the evaluation of grant applications and should provide information on:
- the needs of the organisation in terms of quality development and internationalisation (e.g. as regards management competences, staff competences, new teaching/learning methods or tools, European dimension, language competences, curriculum, organisation of teaching, training and learning, reinforcing links with partner organisations) and how the planned activities will contribute to meeting these needs;
- the impact expected on adult learners, teachers, trainers and other staff, and on the organisation overall;
- the way the organisation will integrate the competences acquired by its staff into their curriculum and/or the organisation's development plan.
The purpose of the European Development Plan is to ensure that the planned activities are relevant both for the individual participants and for the organisation as a whole, as they will have a higher impact on the quality of teaching and learning if they are well integrated in the organisation's strategic development.
B: Mobility Tool+
At the earliest when the participants are selected, the beneficiary organisation must encode general information regarding the participant and the type of mobility activity s/he will carry out (e.g. participant name, destination, duration of the mobility, etc.) into the Mobility Tool+. The Mobility Tool+ will support the beneficiary in the management of the Erasmus+ mobility activities. The beneficiary organisation is also responsible for updating the Mobility Tool+ with any change occurred to participants or activities during the lifetime of the mobility project.
Beneficiaries will be able to generate prefilled reports from the Mobility Tool+ based on the information they have provided. The Mobility Tool+ will also generate reports to be filled in by the participants in mobility activities.
More information about the Mobility Tool+ and how to access it will be provided in the grant agreement between the National Agency and the beneficiary.
C: Conditions of participation of staff
The selection of staff shall be carried out by the sending organisation. The selection and grant award procedure must be fair, transparent, coherent and documented and shall be made available to all parties involved in the selection process.
The sending organisation shall take the necessary measures to prevent any conflict of interest with regard to persons who may be invited to take part in the selection bodies or selection process of individual participants.
It is recommended that the sending and receiving organisation, together with the participants, agree on the activities undertaken by staff members prior to the start of the mobility period by exchange of letters or electronic messages. This agreement will define the target learning outcomes for the period abroad, specify the recognition provisions and list the rights and obligations of each party.
Both the sending and the receiving organisations shall be responsible for the quality of the mobility period abroad.
3. After Mobility
A: Recognition of learning outcomes
The sending and receiving organisations involved should agree on issuing a Europass Mobility certificate at the end of the mobility. For more information on how to proceed, consult the Europass website: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/home.
At the end of the period abroad, all staff members who have undertaken a mobility activity are required to complete and submit a final participant's report. Those who fail to submit the report may be required to partially or fully reimburse the EU grant received. Reimbursement shall not be requested when a staff member has been prevented from completing her/his planned activities abroad due to a case of force majeure. Such cases shall be reported by the sending organisation and be subject to the written acceptance by the National Agency.