More and more young Europeans choose work in the cultural and creative sector and have to face such problems as working on projects, not having permanent job contracts, being employed part-time. Additionally, these people must have – as a result of the specific features of the CCIs – a wide array of digital, traditional, general, and specialist skills. After over a year of work together our partnership is now developing a training package, which combines non formal (offline) workshops and online learning for VET Educators to foster their competences and skills on promotion of WBL in CCI. It is based on results of a needs analysis reported in each of the partner countries. These were then used to write a summary report, which brings together our findings and  shows best practices in WBL in CCI.

It is important to remember that the role of the cultural and creative sector in economic and social development is becoming more and more meaningful, which is reflected in public policies, both at national and European level. At the same time new technologies and digital communication have totally changed the ways works of culture are created, produced or disseminated, making available new tools to access and personally reinterpret culture. Globalisation enables artists to reach a previously unimagined number of recipients.

All these challenges of today’s world and the pace of the changes in every aspect of life make life-long learning a necessity. Education is facing newer and newer challenges – how to develop artistic and creative skills and support talents. These challenges lie at the foundation of cultural and creative sector. Activities which support young people’s culture, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation enable smooth transition from the  education system to the job market and strengthen inter-sectoral cooperation. Work-based learning can provide valuable tools for the development of this cooperation, with special emphasis on the synergy between the process of education and the job market or social partners.

The summary report shows the map of the needs in WBL process in European countries and also a number of factors that show how successful work-based learning is in the cultural and creative sector. The most important factors according to all partners in the project consortium, are: a vocational teacher who is experienced and updates their knowledge and practical skills; synergy between educational institutions and job-market entities – mutual openness and willingness to cooperate within the frames of work-based learning; good legal frames enabling financing of the work-based learning process.

Taking into consideration the findings of this report and the national reports produced by L2C partners – a well prepared and implemented strategy of work-based learning (WBL) may result in personal professional development as well as the growth of the whole cultural and creative sector.

Based on the results of this document, the competences and training needs were defined and highlighted. Now the partnership are working on building a learning curriculum aimed at VET teachers, mentors or trainers. It will help to provide training opportunities and tools for these people to promote effective work-based learning in CCI. It will also promote WBL and its related entrepreneurial skills in VET to help maximise learning experience and increase employability in one of the faster growing sectors of the European economy.

We invite you to read the summary report of L2C project.

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