SPI presents the results of its participation in the Lifelong Learning Program projects

27 September 2012

This year there were several results of SPI participation in the Lifelong Learning Program projects:

• From 19 to 21 September 2012, it was held in Rome the Final Conference of the I TUBE project, in which all the partners presented their experimentation and all the results achieved through during the project. This final event was attended by experts in the field of training. 
The I TUBE Project – Innovation Transfer in continuous education of an integrated model based on personalization and digital portfolio (www.itubeproject.eu) – was implemented by SPI in a 2 years initiative, together with European partners from Italy, Germany, Check Republic and the United Kingdom. Funded by the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Program, the project provides an innovative solution that answers the need of enhancing VET trainers’ competences, through the promotion of a personalization model linked to the use of digital portfolios.

• The Mol@m project partners (www.spi.pt/molam) developed an interactive tool, conceived to professionals dealing with careers counselling. With this tool, aimed at promoting mobility for labour purposes within the EU and available in 6 languages, professionals who support the integration or reintegration of people in the labour market can access information, share stories, use a checklist or obtain contacts of institutions in other EU countries, so that the mobility process is as successful as possible.  
The results of this project were presented in UK (in an international conference), and in Portugal. In the next weeks, presentations will take place in the other partner countries. Mol@m tool (www.spi.pt/molamtool) has received very positive feedback by the target group of the project. Several possibilities of future exploitation and transfer to other countries and contexts are currently being discussed. 

• On September 17, within VETBA the project launch, held in Romania, the free training course for business advisors was presented. The event was attended by the project team and about 40 participants (including business consultants, media representatives and government agencies).
The VETBA project (www.business-advisor.eu), funded under the Leonardo da Vinci subprogramme, is a partnership between organizations from 6 European countries - Ireland, UK, Portugal, Poland, Belgium and Romania, and aims to develop a multilingual online course in order to enhance the skills of business advisers in the supporting European SMEs.
The business consultants can register in the online course at the following link: www.business-advisor.eu, and follow the evolution of project at www.facebook.com/BusinessAdvisorTraining.

• The Final Conference of the FinMan project (www.fin-man.eu) was held on the 21st of September. The event marked the end of this two-year project, which was funded by the European Commission under the Grundtvig Sub-programme.
The main outcome of the FinMan project was a financial manual intended to help increasing the efficiency and effectiveness during the management of a European project. The Manual is free of charge and is available upon request from the coordinator of FinMan (Caterina Boschi –  (Caterina Boschi – c.boschi@tkformazione.it) or the local partner (contacts available on the project website).

• On October 19, SPI will promote a seminar presentation of the Practical Guide of Stress Intervention, developed under the STRESSLESS project. To register, please contact Sara Brandao -  sarabrandao@spi.pt
The STRESSLESS project (www.spi.pt/stressless) aims to promote the management skills and resilience of educators regarding the psychosocial risks through the development and validation of a Guidebook designed for educators and educational institutions. This validation process involved the target groups (educators, trainers and other educative actors, including managers to whom the Guidebook is oriented) in several activities, such as a training course (recognized by official bodies as a certified course with credits for career progression) with a certified trainer.
The evolution of the project and future dissemination events can be followed on Facebook (www.facebook.com/stresslessproject). 

• Within the JAKIN II project (www.jakin2.eu), funded under the Leonardo da Vinci - Transfer of Innovation subprogramme, SPI has developed, together with 6 other international entities, a new platform to support SMEs to evaluate the impact of formal and non-formal education, facilitating knowledge management.
In the pilot tests already carried out, the JAKIN II tool has shown great acceptance and it current goal is to increase their visibility and impact. Accordingly, we invite you to visit the project website and use the developed tool (http://jakin2.usi.lis.ipn.pt) with the following data access: user/user - jakin2; password / password: 1234. Note that, right now, the tool is undergoing change website, and at any time may not be available on the website provided. In this sense, to see the new website please see the project website. 

• On September 13th, BEST FORM final conference took place, aiming the presentation of the final versions of the training materials, as well as the presentation of the pilot courses results. The event gathered the participation of several immigrant-related associations and of other key actors within the immigrant entrepreneurship context in Portugal.
BEST FORM project (www.spi.pt/bestform) aimed at enhancing cultural and interpersonal skills of business advisers, so they could work in a more effective way within immigrant communities. As a two-year project, initiated in September 2010, BEST FORM included a training needs analysis performed in the partner countries – Portugal, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, Poland and Spain – as well as the development and content adaptation for the training of business advisers oriented to immigrant entrepreneurs. As a result, 2 pilot courses took place, in March 2012, in Portugal and in Italy.

• The main objective of DAISS (http://daiss-project.eu), a project funded under the Leonardo da Vinci subprogramme, is to test and transfer an innovative diagnostic tool that self-assesses the soft skills and work style preferences of individuals, along with the requirements of employers. This web-enabled tool then uses these outputs, together with hard skill requirements, to match individuals to an employer's job vacancy.
In October 2012 SPI will promote a pilot course in which the current version of the tool will be available for testing by employers, job candidates and VET trainers/providers. For further information please contact João Rodrigues – joaorodrigues@spi.pt

• The partnership of STITCH project will organize on October 26 a conference that will take place in Germany, to present the project results. This conference will take place in Greifswald (Germany), and also aims to be a forum for debate about the education needs in Europe, especially in the thematic area of Sustainable and Nature-based Tourism. For more information about this event, please contact the STITCH project manager in Portugal by e-mail (Miguel Santos, miguelsantos@spi.pt). 
The STITCH project (www.stitch-project.eu), funded by the “KA3 ICT Multilateral Projects”, aims to improve general learning in the field of sustainable and nature-based tourism, strengthen the position of this field within the tourism industry in general and introduce IT-based learning into the educational programmes of top-level training providers.