The journey of our Erasmus+ KA3 project has come to an end. This feels almost a bit unrealistic after 2,5 years of hard work since November 2019. Our Network of Networks was quite informal when we started our adventure. The project has strengthened our network and has made it more sustainable towards the future.
We are very thankful that we received European funding which enabled us to do this important work. We all learned so much about how to built and maintain a good (international) network. And, very importantly, others (in and outside our countries/regions) have been inspired to learn from our project and to make use of the documents and guidelines we produced.
The cherry on the cake was signing a Cooperation Agreement in Brussels in April 2022. All five networks of VET schools agreed on the long-term continuation of our cooperation, with some renewed elements. The basis under the agreement is the Network of Networks ‘Strategic Plan’ and an ‘Action Plan’ for the coming years (until 2026).
We have realized a new governance structure. Part of this structure will be thematic teams, a steering committee and a supervisory board. We did already partially start with the implementation of it.
One of the big successes of our project was the impulse it gave to the exchange of ideas, requests, help and good practices between our national and regional networks. Knowledge exchange on all different levels; teachers, international coordinators, VET leaders etc. An important follow-up of the project will be to facilitate this even better by starting thematic teams and the development of a more easily in use, low-key digital platform.
We are very happy and proud that we managed to reach the goals of our project, despite the huge challenges we faced (Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit) which still has its impact on our daily work. And we are looking forward to keep improving the quality of our education by our continuing international cooperation.