European project gets approval
Following a lengthy and detailed application process involving CWA and three other European Colleges, the British Council has recently granted the College major project funding under the Comenius Life long learning programme.
Having established and developed the project almost two years ago, Tom Griffiths has coordinated the process to incorporate a number of faculty areas who will now benefit from working on joint ventures with European partners in Germany, France and Holland.
Competing against ever increasing boundaries and restrictions as a result of the current economic climate, CWA was one of only 5 Further Education Colleges in the country to be granted funding under this partnership stream.
The value of this award is further highlighted by the fact that countrywide, just over half of all applications submitted in 2010 were approved for funding, which is testament to the efforts of Tom, coordinator, and Chris Challender, competitive tendering manager.
The project will run over two years starting in September this year. The Vocational disciplines taking part will include the Technology Faculty areas of Brickwork, Plumbing and TV/Media/IT.
Students and Teaching Staff from these vocational areas will work directly with their European counterparts on projects which will take place in each partner country, promoting an exchange of experiences, practices and cultures which will greatly augment the perceptions of established teaching and learning.
Furthermore, the project has been designed to provide students with a valuable insight into the realities of Employability within Europe, and to gauge the potential of a European Qualification Framework.
Further European funding initiatives are already being actively pursued and processed for the next round of Life long learning applications. This will encompass even wider college participation in an ever expanding and exciting European Forum, promoting CWA as a true regional leader in its diversity of teaching provision.