EUROPEAN TEAM AND PROJECTS
Gecko's European Team was created in 2011 with the aim to bring added value to Gecko's UK activities through EU-funding.
Therefore, the activities within the European Team are dependant on EU-funding, and take the shape of:
Our first EU project was a two week programme that allowed young people in the labour market to go to La Coruña in Spain for work placements and cultural experience. Since then our involvement with EU funding has flourished and expanded. We have sent over 450 young people to Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal and Malta for funded work experience placements and developed several partnerships allowing us to also receive interns from other EU nations, particularly Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Our previous internship programmes ranged from two to thirteen weeks. The longer programmes allowed for language and cultural training before the work placements and also gave more scope for structured work plans that benefited both the participants and the host employers.
When the Lifelong Learning Programme came to an end in 2014, we started working with the new Erasmus+ Programme and we currently have contracts worth over €3 million which allow us to send our learners or students from City of Wolverhampton College, South and City College, Walsall College, Dudley College and Birmingham Metropolitan College, for work experience abroad to Italy, Spain and Germany for 22/40 or 60 days. For details please check our dedicated Erasmus+ page and our Calendar, for mobility dates.
Past Leonardo Partnerships
Between 2011-2014 we engaged in a curriculum development partnership for mentoring in the Hospitality Leisure Travel and Tourism Sector (PA4T) and a curriculum development partnership for Event Management (InPUT). Both of these projects have developed into Transfer of Innovation Projects; EUTM and STEM respectively.
We also partnered with Cap Ulysse (France), to develop a serious game that prepares Mobility participants for their coming experience (the MASTeR MOb project).