October 2016. Cracow

The last but one partner meeting of the project was held between11-13 October in Cracow together with the participants of a conference that was arranged for Polish instructors teaching entrepreneurial knowledge.

Joint work has started on overviewing the events of the period taking place since the meeting in Scotland last year. Ms Anikó Kovács the professional head of the project briefly referred to the assessment of the interim report and the critical recommendations of the experts. Anikó informed us about the test trainings held during the last few months and about a multiplier event for future trainers who work as experts at children's homes. She said that three institutions have applied for building our programme into their own activities since they met the group of trainers.

The German partners focused on the fresh news of how RLG training activities is being built into a complex programme (entitled: Bridge year) of young migrant people. The Polish partners informed us about their new preparation session of trainers involving the representatives of 11 secondary schools. All of them were instructors teaching entrepreneurial knowledge and most of them seemed to be ready to utilize the components of the RLG programme in their own practice. The Scottish partners informed the participants about their general problem identified as a lack of concentration capability of young people which made the trainers develop new activities. Mr Paul McGlynn informed us how far the preparatory workgroup has reached in developing the contents of Train the Trainer’s Manual. The participants reflected on the material demonstrated and complemented it with a few new ideas.

On the second day the members of the workgroup – also participating at the conference – had a taste of various Polish efforts to develop entrepreneurial skills. Following this session the Polish partners informed the participants by four presentations about the background, principles, objectives, contents and the most essential experiences of the RLG programme gained so far. Ms Nóra Katona gave an opening lecture about the various conditions of the period when the project was started and about its development strategy building on facts. She also informed us how the competence development training was based on the preliminary observations and assessment of the skills of young people. Mr Sławomir Kurek, the host of the conference informed the participants about the opening and closing methods of assessment of the programme. He also demonstrated some results of the development process of young people as recorded by the Polish partners. Ms Nicole Berger shared her personal experiences, illustrated with photos, with the participants she acquired when working with the Munich test groups.

In the afternoon of the second day the participants were informed about the newly developed Hungarian training activities. Later they continued working in two groups. Colleagues responsible for technical issues and finances have arranged their actions to terminate the project in order to have an appropriate amount of time to complete all the tasks and not to panic during the last weeks. Other colleagues have overviewed the training activities of the programme by subdivisions. They made a list about how many activities connected to competences can be considered as completed and what is still missing compared to the objectives. They cleared any issues in connection with individual activities. They determined the tasks to be undertaken by the partners and finalized the expectations concerning country specific activities.

The last day of the meeting focused on the missing final documents and planning guides. Following the Scottish partners' suggestions the entire group was thinking about – taking the large scale differences of opportunities by countries – what sort of principles and practical ideas should be defined for the organizers and trainers as part of Follow up Guide.

The activity went on in groups again. The members of the first group defined the structure of the Final Study of the project intended for the wider public, while the second group made a detailed design of the manual Trainer's Manual for the trainers. The meeting came to an end by setting the tasks and the time-limits in the afternoon.

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