The SELFIE Project will run for 24 months and is managed by a consortium of five partners from around Europe.
Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) is a local statutory education and training authority established 1st July 2013 under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013. It is comprised of the amalgamated services of two former Vocational Education Committees - Louth VEC and Meath VEC respectively. LMETB is one of 16 ETBs established as part of this national initiative in 2013 all of whom strive to protect, promote and enhance the interests of education, vocational and training within the national education sector.
As the principal state education authority in the counties of Louth and Meath, LMETB is highly committed to the provision of quality education programmes for over 10,000 students at second level as well as over 13,000 adult learners on either a full or part time courses. Educational services across a full range of subject areas for students at all ages are provided by over 2,200 committed staff across the full educational landscape. The number of students and teachers will grow considerably in the coming years with the opening of two new schools scheduled for September 2014.
LMETB education provision includes: 14 Post Primary Schools plus 2 new schools opening September 2014; 1 Community National School (Primary); 1 Post Leaving Certificate College; 8 Youthreach Centres of Education – second chance education to early school leavers aged between 15-20 years old; 3 Vocational Training Opportunities Schemes – full time courses designed to meet the education and training needs of unemployed adults; 1 Training Centre – early school leaving and apprenticeship program. LLMETB also provide Further Education Programmes including Adult Literacy, Back to Education Initiative, Community Education, Adult Guidance and Youth Services.
CARDET is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, research and development organization based in Cyprus with partners around the world. Our mission is to inspire next generation education, and promote research, innovation and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research, and empowered people. CARDET brings together an international team of veterans with decades of global expertise in research, evaluation, instructional design, education and training, e-learning, and human resource development. Members of the CARDET team have successfully participated in more than 100 projects in more than 30 countries, several of which were supported by the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program, Microsoft, The Commonwealth of Learning, international agencies and governments from around the world.
One of our core-strengths is our ability to carefully plan, implement, execute and evaluate projects in various contexts. We have a full compliment of technical staff who specialize in the design and development of cutting edge websites and e-learning platforms. Our organization brings together some of the best minds and deepest experience from around the world with a highly energetic and passionate operational team. Our team is composed of world experts who have international expertise in designing and implementing projects. These individuals have contributed to a wide range of professional and scholarly organizations as office holders, board members, and active participants; such organizations which count CARDET team members among their most respected contributors include the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), UNESCO, American Education Research Association, International Council of Educational Media (an UNESCO affiliated organization), and the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction.
The management team is supported by 10 members of the board and advisory board, who are all international veterans in education, research, and evaluation. CARDET currently employees 30 full-time and part-time staff. The majority of the team members hold graduate degrees (Masters and/or Ph.D) in areas like education, research, instructional design, web development, multimedia development, inclusive education, and evaluation. In addition to the full time and part time team, CARDET has the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers.
The financial management of the organization is supervised by the Director of Finance who works closely with a full time accountant and the administration team at CARDET and the individual Project managers involved in projects. Furthermore, we follow all the standards for financial management under the guidance and support of PKF, an international accounting and audit firm, which conducts all the project and organization audits for CARDET.
We follow a systemic and systematic process in thoroughly planning and executing projects. CARDET is ISO 9001 certified for quality in management, research, and education services. We have developed and implemented lifelong learning projects and conducted large scale evaluations of education programs around the world.
Jaunimo karjeros centras (JKC) is an NGO with more than 10 years’ experience supporting youth and adults through non-formal education programmes and guidance services. It aims to meet public needs through educational, scientific, cultural, social and legal initiatives. The organisation is divided into departments (training, information and counseling and project management), which ensure successful operation of the activities.
JKC has 5 permanent staff members and a strong network of trainers, experts, consultants and advisers (~50 persons) providing education and guidance all around the country. Through this network of people JKC is informed about the needs for guidance and support, new educational programs and methodologies, active civic participation issues. Based on this learning JKC constantly monitors its strategy and activities in order to take these issues into account.
JKC‘s target audiences are students from secondary and VET schools, universities and colleges; young adults, youth with fewer opportunities (disabled, young offenders, youth living in child care homes); educators (teachers, school managers, psychologists); community members; parents.
JKC’s specific fields of expertise are career education and guidance; effective communication and life skills; global citizenship; language learning and teaching, ICT in education, human rights education. Its activities include career guidance; career planning, conflict and communication, team building, leadership and citizenship skills trainings for youth; training and guidance support for educators and parents; programs and projects to introduce new approaches and methodologies in education.
JKC‘s implements its activities with the financial support of the European Commission, funding from the EU structural funds, public tender contracts as well as private funds.
Website: Jaunimo karjeros centras
The Municipality of Lousada is an institution of local public administration. Its mission is to pursuit the interests of the population in the territorial space of Lousada Council.
The council of Lousada belongs to the district of Porto and has an extension of 95 Km2. The town assumes itself as the center of the region denominated Vale do Sousa since it is situated in its geographic center. It has approximately 50.000 inhabitants that are distributed within the 25 parishes of Lousada.
The City Hall is responsible to manage some portfolios like education, culture, sports, health, environment, social affairs, housing, tourism, economical activities, employment and other. Consequently we are already involved in the areas that we will develop on the project. We face some problems like poverty, social exclusion, low levels of qualification of our adult population, high level of unemployed people and weak entrepreneurship. In order to fight against this kind of difficulties the City Hall is implementing some interesting projects where we work in collaboration with other institutions in the council that work in the same subject like Social Security, Institute of Employment and Training, Schools, Social Centers and even many private institutions belong to our social network.
We also created a commission to improve literacy and education of the Population, which involves over 20 key-institutions in the municipality and aims to increase the level of qualifications of the entire population, through a holistic approach that involves everyone and in particular older and less educated. We also have the "Employability Office" and the "Office of Investor Assistance" to help unemployed which provides solutions for the community.
Website: Município de Lousada
The chair Wirtschaftspädagogik II is partner in the SELFIE project and is settled at the department 5: Business and Human Resource Education of the University of Paderborn. The Department for Business and Human Resource Education is one out of six Departments of the Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Business Computing at the University of Paderborn. It educates students in the first phase (university phase) of teacher training, adult education, vocational education and training (more precisely: field business and economics) in Germany.
Our department is responsible for business education at the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics. Our research field is adult education and teacher training. One of our main research topics is career orientation for pupils in the field of VET. We already organized and provided career orientation seminars in the field of VET and especially career orientation in schools for mentally handicapped children. Therefore we like to learn more from our partners about the varieties of career orientation in Europe. We are very sure that career orientation is a topic with a European dimension because the problem of orientation exists in each country and the ways of dealing with it are different due to the different conditions and parameters in the European countries and the cultural settings.
In the university we have a separate accounting department in our Administration which is responsible for the financial management of the project and which already worked on several international, European and national project management and financing tasks.
Website: Univeritaet Paderborn