Aspire2Create is a new international venture for trainers in the cultural and creative industries led by Collage Arts with European partners: Rinova (UK), Prostor Plus (Croatia), Kau Academy (Estonia), Materahub (Italy) and RDP Senec-Pezinok (Slovakia).
Euro-Aspire was a European Leonardo da Vinci Development of Innovation project, that ran for two years until the end of 2011. It set out to identify and specify the competencies of trainers that work in a ‘hidden’ and unrecognised profession – the non-formal learning sector in the cultural industries. The result of the project was the creation of an innovative competency framework for these trainers and the project also produced an entertaining animation to explain the framework, which is available here.
Pictured above: Paolo Montemurro of Materahub, which hosted the kick-off meeting, presents his organisational profile to the Aspire2create partners in Matera.
Since then, Collage Arts have developed the Aspire concept in a number of ways, including through the high-performing Skills Funding Agency programme Aspire-2.be in London, which is providing training and access to apprenticeships for young unemployed people aged 16-19, and an innovative mobility programme for creative apprentices, Euro-Aspire mobility.
The latest development is Aspire2Create – a new Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project taking the experience of the previous Euro-Aspire project and testing it over the next two years with new partners in Slovakia (Regional Development Agency Senec-Pezinok), Italy (Materahub), Estonia (Kau Academy) and Croatia (Association Prostor Plus).
The new project’s launch meeting in November was hosted by our Italian partner, Materahub, in Matera – one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, with a UNESCO World Heritage site at its centre (pictured below).
The next set of workshops is planned on 11-12 February 2014 in London and hosted by Collage Arts.
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