Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Pledges

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is a multi-stakeholder initiative steered by the European Commission. The originator of the pledge is solely responsible for implementing the actions outlined in the pledge.

Author:Uniser Società Cooperativa Onlus
Country:Italy
Start Year:2018
Contact:Lucia Mancino, R&D Officer
lucia@uniser.net
www.uniser.net
 
Types of organisation:Non-profit/youth organisations
Description:

In the light of:

  • The characteristics of Uniser described above
  • The aims of the European Alliance for Apprenticeship
  • The Europe 2020 strategy and ET 2020 strategy
  • The Communication "Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes"
  • The New Skills Agenda for Europe

Uniser undertakes hereby the following pledges.

In relation to enhancing mobility, Uniser pledges to:

  •  Increase the number of apprentices participating in mobility experiences abroad, by delivering high quality training opportunities in other European countries built upon the needs of companies and young people entering the job market.
  • Contribute to the definition of quality standards and schemes for the mobility of apprentices which can be transferred and adopted in other European countries.

In relation to improving quality, Uniser pledges to:

  • Research and develop new methodologies and tools in collaboration with stakeholders to increase the quality of apprenticeships,
  • Foster the use of the dual system, especially in the Italian context, in collaboration with VET providers and companies,
  • Integrate mobility more into European apprenticeships schemes, and ensure it becomes an element of quality.

In relation to improving the image, Uniser pledges to:

  • Disseminate the result of the mobility of apprenticeships abroad towards companies, local authorities and VET providers,
  • Raise awareness in partner companies on the benefits of integrating mobility in apprenticeships and making them the first promoters of apprenticeships,
  • Make mobility a strong incentive for young people to participate in apprenticeships,
  • Increase the image of apprenticeships abroad as an outstanding and unique training opportunity for companies.

KEY ACTIVITIES
Uniser has identified the mobility of apprentices as a priority in its strategy 2018-2021, which with regards to this particular aspect foresees the following activities:

  1. Implementation of learning mobilities abroad targeted at young people in dual education paths and apprentices in companies with the use of Erasmus+ projects (including Erasmus Pro and the Erasmus+ VET charter).
  2. Transfer of the working methodology applied in VET mobility consortia, composed by schools, to companies. The methodology and tools designed by Uniser to manage a relatively large number of students in work-based learning experiences abroad will facilitate the involvement of enterprises as sending organisations, thus raising the number of apprentices in mobility
  3. Research and development projects in collaboration with companies, VET providers and local authorities aimed at improving the pedagogical impact and attractiveness of apprenticeships, especially when combined with mobility. In Italy the focus will be on how to change the mindset of companies and HR managers in order to perceive mobility as a powerful training methodology, thus overcoming the objections related to the absence of the apprentice at the workplace for the length of the mobility abroad.
  4. Dissemination activities in the framework of the European Vocational Skills Week organised by Uniser on a yearly basis to present the results of mobility projects to companies as well as VET providers.
Short company / organisation description:UNISER is a social co-operative established in 1998 providing learning mobility services aimed at increasing the quality of vocational education and training provision in Europe. Uniser designs, develops and implements mobility actions in cooperation with VET providers, the cooperative delivers incoming and outgoing work-based learning experiences abroad to roughly 1500 learners every year and supports almost 200 VET schools around Europe (upper secondary schools and VET centres) to plan and implement their mobility activities in all the phases of the project cycle.
One of Uniser’s ambitions is to be at the forefront of learning mobility in Europe. For this reason, the co-operative has an internal Research and Development unit which is geared towards the development of innovative tools and methodologies in the VET field. In recent years R&D projects have been implemented with the collaboration of partners from all over Europe aimed at: facilitating the recognition and validation of competences gained through non formal/informal learning; raising the attractiveness of IVET through games and gamification processes, providing VET schools with tools that facilitate their participation in mobility.
Uniser is the founding member of “IMove”, a European network established in 2016 focused on the definition of quality standards for VET consortia. IMove sees the participation of mobility providers and other components of the system, such as VET providers, local authorities and business actors.
 
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image
Area of action: Mobility
Partners:In Italy Uniser will involve its network of enterprises and VET providers with which it collaborates on a daily basis for the implementation of mobility projects.
At European level, the activities will be developed in collaboration with its network of partners, namely:
  • The IMove network (www.imovenetwork.org) - Thematic network on the quality of VET mobility consortia involving 20 organisations in 12 countries. It is a multi-level and multi-actor network whose members are mobility providers, VET providers and local authorities.
  • The EfVET network (www.efvet.org) - Thematic network on the quality of VET in Europe representing 1.500 VET providers in 24 countries.
  • The Sweden Emilia Romagna Network (www.sern.eu) - Bilateral network of 60 Italian and Swedish local authorities.
  • The Euroguidance Italy network – Thematic network fostering the learning mobility in the European Union.

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