It has been a rollercoaster journey of energetic teamwork since the start of our project in November 2019. Our 5 networks, compromising of 49 VET colleges, are proud of the major milestones we reached so far. We continued our project without being daunted by the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit. We focus on possibilities and finding the best alternatives for the physical project activities we had planned.
After more than one year working on the project we look back with satisfaction at the delivery of a list with 26 selected best practices. They will be piloted in the colleges within the different networks to strengthen the image of VET. One of the selected best practices is the ‘technological triangles’ initiative from the Basque Country. We finished the Strategic Plan for our Network of Networks and a model for a transnational network of networks – for the usage of networks of VET schools in other countries/regions – is in concept stage now. A draft version of an Action Plan for the promotion and effective use of EU funding is delivered and we look back with pride at a successful webinar for 49 VET leaders in November 2020.
What is in the pipeline for the coming months? We are looking forward to start piloting the good practices in our schools and are preparing for the next VET leader webinar focusing on ‘entrepreneurship’. This event will facilitate a mutual consultation with fellow VET leaders and promote more awareness of the actual EU recommendations and publications on VET. One of the other priorities for the coming months is the ‘reaching-out’ aspect. Each of the five networks in the project has selected a country/region where a structural international cooperation between VET providers is missing. We continue our work on the transnational network model and work on a SMART plan of action ‘how to involve and cooperate with our reaching-out partners’.
It has been a pleasure to cooperate together and we noticed that the project really helps us to strengthen and embed a sustainable international network of VET providers. Our grass roots approach is inspiring to others and we look forward to taking the next steps in our project to inspire and involve VET providers in other countries/regions.