On the 16th September Gecko Programmes organised the “Creative Businesses in Bloom” event at the Lighthouse Media Centre, Wolverhampton, to showcase the results of the Youth Talent to Market project, an Erasmus Plus strategic partnership between the UK, Italy and Cyprus.
The Youth Talent to Market project team, led by Gecko Programmes designed a non-formal entrepreneurial training pathway aimed at creative makers that are in the early stages of developing a creative business.
The entrepreneurial training pathway was successfully piloted with sixty creative makers from the United Kingdom, Italy and Cyprus, improved and then validated by stakeholders from the three countries as being an innovative training programme that addresses the skills development needs of creative people wishing to market their high value added consumer goods.
The event featured an award ceremony and jewellery and media exhibitions of the artists funded by the project.
BIRMINGHAM / BLACK COUNTRY YOUNG GAIN FROM THE EU. GECKO PROGRAMMES HAS SECURED FURTHER £685,000 FUNDING TO SEND 150 YOUNG PEOPLE TO SPAIN, ITALY AND GERMANY FOR WORK PLACEMENTS, TO KICK-START THEIR CAREERS.
The European Union has awarded a Wolverhampton-based training group a further £685,000 sending 150 young people to Spain, Italy and Germany for work placements, to kick-start their careers.
The project, led by Gecko Programmes, aims to provide work experience and boost job skills so that local young people can gain employment locally.
This builds on the success of a current project, which has already been awarded £1.3m by the European Union. Gecko Programmes leads a consortium of colleges in Birmingham and the Black Country. To take part in the project you need to have been a student at one of the colleges in the last 12 months.
The partner colleges are City of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Birmingham Metropolitan, and South and City College Birmingham.
All the costs of the flights, accommodation and pocket-money for food and travel are provided by the EU. Those who take part will find themselves working in a company in Florence, La Coruna, Seville, Lanciano or Berlin for a period between two and eight weeks.
Gecko is recruiting now for groups that start in January 2017. For more information visit www.geckoprogrammes.co.uk or call 01902 837416.
Have you just finished a course at College?
If so, you can give your career a boost by taking part in an EU funded project that is being run by Gecko Programmes.
Gecko Programmes is working in partnership with colleges from Birmingham and our own City of Wolverhampton College.
Gecko has been awarded €1.25 million to fund training and work experience in Spain, Italy and Germany. If you are selected, your flights, accommodation, training and pocket money (about €90 a week) are all provided.
Gecko is looking to recruit 60 people to go to Italy and Spain for either three or eight weeks.
To be eligible you need to have completed a vocational course with either South and City College Birmingham, Birmingham Metropolitan College, City of Wolverhampton College, Dudley College, Walsall College or Gecko in the last 12 months. Attendance at a vocational course with Gecko makes you eligible to apply for a work-based learning programme.
Pat Cross, the Director of Gecko said, “we have been offering programmes like these for five years now, but gaining this size of contract, and working in partnership with so many colleges, provides a fantastic opportunity to young people that want to give their careers a boost. Employers value the confidence and sparkle that young people gain from this experience. We have so many success stories of young people getting jobs and getting their careers on track when they return to the UK.”
If you want to apply or to get more information, you can contact Gecko on 01902 837416, or send an email with your CV and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As Gecko works with jobless people in the Midlands to support them to find employment, and offers training courses to people both in jobs and not, all of those to whom we offer our advice and support services were in scope.
This also included the advice and support services we offer to the participants of our European programmes, either going to work placements in Europe, or coming from Europe for work placement in Birmingham and the Black Country.