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​This page includes details of all current projects we are part of. To view past projects, please see:Archived International Projects.docx.

UK-China Partners in Education (UKCPIE) Partnership - Doncaster College & Rizhao Polytechnic

This British Council funded project centres around skill development within the Creative Industries sector. Doncaster College has partnered with Rizhao Polytehnic, located within Shandong Province in China, to respond to an identified need of developing staff and students within this sector to meet current global standards. Significantly, this project aims to bring both the UK and Chinese curriculums in line with the new era of the creative industry as a whole, enabling students to be better prepared for the global job market and will be able to compete on national and international levels.

This project will involve staff and student exchanges to both countries, with a view to increase intercultural awareness and sector-specific knowledge and skills. The impact of the project will be multi-faceted and will benefit students, staff and the partners as a whole. Students in both countries will benefit from learning about how the creative industry sector functions within an international context, and will highlight the knowledge they already have, and in which areas they can further their education to become more employable. The partnership views the students as the future creative industry leaders thus forming links at this early stage in their professional career can only be of benefit to them and the sector in each country. Staff will develop their knowledge to industry standards, thus enabling them to better prepare their students for future career success. On an organisational level, broader internationalisation and cultural awareness will give staff confidence for future international collaborations, and will equally impact on local stakeholders' perception of the organisation as willing and able to develop staff and students beyond the established curriculum.

If you are an employer within the Creative Industries sector who would be interested to become involved in this project and/or be kept up to date on its progress, please get in touch with the Head of International, Andy Parkes, at:

TRADES 1-4 (Training and Development of Employability Skills) - 2009-2015

TRADES is a student mobility project for young people aged 16-19 who are undertaking a programme of vocational education and work based training in order to gain qualifications and skills that are relevant for the job market.

The TRADES project aims to broaden the horizons of young people, improve their employability by gaining new knowledge, skills and competence, build self confidence and raise aspirations through the opportunity of living and working in another country.

This project has been on-going for many years, and has involved students from a wide range of vocational areas, such as: Childcare, Catering, Horse Care, Working Life, Hair & Beauty, Fashion & Design. This adds value to the students' training programmes by embedding work placement overseas into the curriculum. Partnerships have been set up with institutions in Finland, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, and Hungary for their expertise in vocational training. Student mobilities last for 2 weeks, and also involve cultural excursions and intercultural learning.

VOLARE (Volunteering for the Re-Insertion into Education) - 2013-2015

Doncaster College (UK), Volkshochschule Aachen (DE), Escuela de Segunda Oportunidad/Second Chance School, Ayuntamiento de Gijon/Gijon City Council (ES), Il Laboratorio Società Cooperativa Sociale Onlus (IT), Rīgas domes Izglītības, kultūras un soprta departaments (LV), CARITAS Archidiecezji Gdańskiej (PL), Sheffield City Council (UK)

The VOLARE Project seeks to give young people, between the ages of 16 and 25, who have left education early with low qualifications, alternative opportunities of reinsertion into education. To achieve this goal, the seven adult education schools have developed together an innovative project with a unique pedagogical approach, using several activities related to “Active citizenship” and “Volunteering”, through which the students will improve the key competences addressed by the project: communication in a foreign language; social and civic competences; sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, and digital competence.

The project will be developed in two phases: the first one, “Discover your city and its resources“, will help the students become more knowledgeable about and aware of  the existing NGOs in each city. The young people will: learn the about management and organisation of these NGOs, visit the different resources and understand the different kinds of volunteering and the basic skills required to be volunteer. The international mobilities of the first phase will be related to mutual learning, broadening cultural horizons and information exchanges.

The second phase of the project “Improve your city: Participate!” will aid the students in learning about their own capacities. Pilot volunteering activities in the different schools and a campaign to raise the awareness about the participation of the young people in volunteering activities will be organised. The international mobilities of the second phase will be related to the launching of a volunteer activity.

MOBILE - MOBility In Learning in Europe (2013-2015) ​

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MOBILE is a European funded international project promoting European work exchange experiences for young people and providing training and support for teachers and enterprises. The aim of the project is to create useful tools to improve the development, implementation and follow-up of work experiences across Europe.

The MOBILE project aims to enhance opportunities to develop personal and professional growth during overseas work experience through dedicated and appropriate training for all those involved in the mobility: students, teachers and work-based mentors.

The partnership includes 8 educational institutions and organisations from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The consortium is committed to international mobility paths and work placements, and each partner brings different and complementary skills and experiences to create the most useful training for all involved in European mobilities Through regular meetings with trainers, teachers, mentors and learners, new training programs will be developed in order to ensure the quality of international exchanges, as well as improve competences and skills of the actors involved.

If you are interested in testing any of the MOBILE overseas work placement training materials, please contact Aliya Sorgen at

LION (Learning, lIving, and wOrking for the Neet-group) 2012-2014

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​LION is a Grundtvig multilateral project, addressing the issue of NEETs, a critical European topic of those days. The acronym NEET refers to all young people who are: Not in Employment, Education or Training. Those youngsters are thus apart from the job market and educational or training institutions, which makes it even more difficult to reach them for social workers.

The last report about NEETs realized by Eurofound in 2012[1] states that in 2008, 11% of 15–24-year-olds and 17% of 25–29-year-olds were NEETs. By 2011 these rates had increased to 13% and 20% respectively. There are currently 14 million young people currently not in emplo​yment, education or training (NEETs) in Europe, costing an estimated at €153 billion in economic loss to society[2], and increasingly threatening the future of an entire generation.

Analysis reveals that those with a lower educational level are overrepresented in the NEET group. This led to considering certain elements as priority topics, such as adult education, second chance schools, struggle against early school leaving and social exclusion.

Considering this urgent need for education and skills is increasing, LION aims to deepen the work achieved within two other projects (also funded by the Life-long learning program): EXACT and DEVOTED, in addressing the same needs.

The aim is to provide to all relevant stakeholders more tools and methods, in order to be more efficient and improve their work.

In particular, we have the project of unifying three unavoidable aspects which are: education, daily life and free-time, work experience. We believe that only a holistic approach can respond in the best way to the needs of this very specific target group.

We will address six very concrete objectives:

1. To connect the worlds of learning, living, and working within the NEET group

2. To transform and improve the skills of teachers/trainers and mentors

3. To improve the European area of lifelong learning, for work related to NEETs

4. To develop and implement a quality mark for institutions working in the field

5. To expand the already existing “Centre of Excellence” with good practices out of the triangle learning, living, working.

6. To promote social and economic inclusion of the NEET-target group

Within the course of two years, the project will lead to several products, including:

  • guidelines and quality label for regional centre of excellence;
  • training module for professionals active with the NEETgroup in the triangle of learning, living and working;
  • inventory of good didactic tools;
  • recommendations for e-learning in second chance education;
  • E-portfolio of good practices within the triangle of learning, living and working (and in particular with enterprises)
  • a handbook containing Curriculum for the training mentors;
  • a handbook to set up mobility actions for the NEET-groups
  • E-portfolio containing all best practices available at:

LION is a two-year initiative involving 7 different organisations : Doncaster College(UK), Euricon (The Netherlands), E2C-Norrkopin – Hagagymnasiet(Sweden), IskolafejlesztsiAlapitvany IFA (Hungary), Centro Studi e IniziativeEuropeo – CESIE (Italy), E2C73 (France) and WBK – Weiterbildungskolleg der Stadt Moenchengladbach (Germany).

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[1]Eurofound (2012), NEETs – Young people not in employment, education or training: Characteristics, costs and policy responses in Europe, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg