The Hellenic American Union participates in transnational projects in the area of lifelong learning. These are co-funded by European institutions, such as the European Commission. Below is a description of projects in which the Hellenic American Union is engaged.
Training possibilities and better employment opportunities for unskilled and semi-skilled employees in tourism and hospitality
CORE-VET is a 24-month initiative that is co-funded by the European Commission (Education and Culture DG, Lifelong Learning Programme). It aims to provide VET possibilities and better employment opportunities in tourism for unemployed people and underperforming employees with limited qualifications, by improving their skills and competences in three occupational areas: Reception and Front office Services, House Keeping Services, and Restaurant and Bar Services. A training tool targeting the core skills and competences needed in the three occupational areas will be produced including teaching and learning material and a user friendly e-learning platform. The project is implemented by eight partners from Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and Austria, who represent the Education, Training and Consulting sectors.
‘Taxistars’ is a 36-month initiative that has been funded with support from the European Commission and the Lifelong Learning Programme, under the Leonardo da Vinci sub-programme. It will design and develop innovative, ICT-based educational material for professional taxi-drivers, taking into consideration the training needs and the special characteristics of the profession. The project aims to improve vocational education and training in the field, help ensure a safer, more effective and competitive taxi-sector and enable professional taxi-drivers to provide high quality services. It will be developed by a transnational consortium of 9 expert actors in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain.
The project “This is IT” is a 36-month initiative co-funded by the European Commission under the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). It aims to help people in social risk groups upgrade their ICT skills and become engaged in an increasingly digital society. The project uses innovative approaches that rely on volunteers who help these risk groups access and use ICT tools and material. The project has been developed by a transnational consortium of 11 partners from Greece, Norway, Belgium, Poland, Turkey, Switzerland, and Lithuania.
Making entrepreneurship a sustainable option for ex-young offenders
The Fresh Start project is a 24-month initiative co-funded by the European Commission under the Directorate-General for Education and Culture. The project aims to develop a specialized train-the-trainer course to equip European VET trainers with new skills that they can then use in their own training as they help young offenders develop entrepreneurial skills. The project’s ultimate goal is to help young offenders cope with discrimination, social exclusion and limited professional options as they attempt to re-enter the labor market after release from prison.
Comenius 3.1: EVINSET
The Comenius 3.1 EVINSET 3-year project was successfully completed in September 2000. This project was aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of staff development and in-service training programs. One of the outcomes was the publication of a manual. The purpose of this manual is to assist persons in charge of facilitating staff development, either within educational institutions or as an external provider. An offshoot of the project is the Comenius 3.2 program, which offers training to teachers from all European Union countries. This program is suitable for teachers in Europe who are involved in staff development at their schools. It is usually held in Athens at the Hellenic American Union. The training in this program is based on research that was developed during the 3-year project. Partners participating in the project were from the UK, Belgium, Finland and Greece. Partners participating in the project were from the UK, Belgium, Finland and Greece.
Lingua D: COCTALE
The COCTALE project focused on the development of communicative competence testing templates for the advancement of language Learning in Europe. The project team worked on developing a data base for language testing on line, a test generator which teachers can use for developing their own tests on line and finally an extensive metadata for identifying and classifying different types of tests. Partners participating in this project were from Belgium, UK and Greece.