Erasmus+ KA2 VET in Urban Centres project partners met in Barcelona on October 24‑26, 2018, to collect new best practices to be used as a base for curriculum innovation and urban sustainable development with the support of vocational education and training (VET) centres.
Partner representatives gathered at Barcelona Activa’s headquarters on Wednesday to learn about Barcelona’s employment strategy and specific programmes for youth. After the first presentations, they had the chance to visit the city’s centre for entrepreneurship support (Centre Creació d’Empreses), business incubator, business support office (OAE), and digital training centre, as well as PORTA 22, a facility devoted to professional on-site and online career guidance.
After a very active first day, on Thursday project partners discussed about the intellectual outputs on which they are working: 1) a model for useful and efficient local cooperation, and 2) an innovative educational VET-programme. A very successful project discussion lead to a study visit to ESHOB, Barcelona’s professional school for hospitality and gastronomy services. Back to Barcelona Activa’s headquarters, presentations followed about the programme “We make employment for young people” and Fundació Barcelona Formació Professional, an organisation that contributes to the socio-economic development of the city, based on the promotion of the relationship between the VET and the economic ecosystem of Barcelona and its metropolitan area.
The last day of the meeting, project partners visited Institut Bonanova, an innovative education centre specialised in health closely linked to the hospitals’ network of Barcelona. The last stop was the Sustainable Jobs School, a city council owned centre devoted to training young unemployed students in the field of ecological gardening.
Next project meeting will take place in Umbria, on April 8-10, 2019.