The overall objective of the "Partnership policy as a trigger for lifelong learning, innovation and change" project is related to the establishment of sustainable transnational cooperation between partner organizations from Bulgaria and the Province of Flanders, Belgium by identifying and transferring best practices and new approaches and models to foster the exchange of experiences on the introduction of social innovations related to improving the equal access to lifelong learning (LLL) for the employees and to have positive effects in the following areas:
reducing the structural employment problems related to skill mismatches in the labor market;
improving quality of employment, working conditions and equal opportunities;
supporting social inclusion and combating poverty;
capacity building in partner organizations and stakeholders for sustainable cooperation and support of LLL.
The specific objectives of the project addressed to the focus of IP6 within the current procedure are related to promoting the partnership approach at national and transnational level with a view to expanding opportunities for access to LLL for employees. Thus, the specific objectives of the project can be divided into the following directions:
1) Increasing the skills of the employees, incl. employed and self-employed persons, to initiate and participate in partnerships at international, national, regional, local, sectoral, etc. levels with a view to improving their access to lifelong learning and the acquisition of skills and competences that enhance their own employability;
2) Encourage cooperation between stakeholders (government agencies, social partners, employers, training and counseling organizations, higher education institutions, etc.) in order to address the needs of flexible training in various forms of the employees of risk groups such as the people over 54 years of age and those with secondary and lower education, as well as those employed in key sectors for socio-economic development;
3) Supporting the introduction of innovative practices for transfer of experience in the field of partnership in support of LLL through: analysis of the LLL system in partner countries; identifying and exploring existing best practices and the experience of other Member States; enhancing the capacity of partners, stakeholders and project target group representatives to improve access to LLL; developing recommendations for LLL policies in partner countries; building a national and involvement in transnational networks for exchange of best practices.
The following activities will be implemented under the project:
Activity 1: Organization and management of the project;
Activity 2: Preparation of specific analyzes and studies (including through on-site visits abroad) of existing best practices and experience of other Member States in the field of lifelong learning;
Activity 3: Enhancing the capacity of partner organizations and relevant stakeholders, regarding the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of best practices for ensuring equal access to lifelong learning;
Activity 4: Adaptation and pilot implementation of the best practices studied in the field of lifelong learning through the development of learning content (including recommendations for LLL policies) and organization of trainings for representatives of the project target group;
Activity 5: Building of national and inclusion in international partner networks for exchange of best practices in the area of lifelong learning.
Activity 6: Information and communication.
Activity 7: Dissemination of the results achieved.
Activity 8: Evaluation of the results achieved in terms of applicability of its innovative elements.
Project activities aim to achieve results in the following areas:
SWOT analysis of the LLL system in the partner countries;
identifying and exploring existing best practices and the experience of other Member States in the area of LLL;
enhancing the capacity of partners, stakeholders and project target group representatives to identify and implement innovative practices in the area of improving access to LLL;
developing recommendations for LLL policies in the partner countries;
building a national and involvement in transnational networks for exchange of best practices.
The project target group consists of employees, incl. employed and self-employed persons, incl. such of risk groups such as the people over 54 years of age and those with secondary and lower education, as well as those employed in key sectors for socio-economic development, namely:
sectors based on knowledge, high technology and ICT, the environmentally friendly economy;
the "white" sector and the personal services sector;
the processing industry with higher added-value of labor;
the creative and cultural sectors.