Journey to Work 6: Last Goodbye to Spain and Holland

Journey to Work 6 May 31st 2022 was a historic date for the Journey to Work programme. The last flow of Journey to Work 6 (JTW6) returned from Holland and this was also the last official Journey to Work group of young people under the wings of the Erasmus Plus programme. JTW6 was also the longest running programme. Due to Corona its' duration was three years instead of two years. Corona delayed and pushed us around for a long time, but in the end we were able to finish in style. The last three young people Taylor, Lee and Kyle worked and lived successfull for six weeks in Holland. Previously other JTW6 groups had been in Holland  end 2021 and the first group went to Spain early 2020 (just before corona punched us)...

SMS 2 Days Productions

The project Social Media Savvy Part 2, organized their second SMS 2 Days on May 20th 2022. A group of young Scottish people explored the 'Brand I' and analysed the test version of the SMS Platform. What do kind of social media savvy tips and tricks do they want to find on this new platform. … Continue reading SMS 2 Days Productions

Journey to Work 6 – A Werkcenter Model

Sometimes it can be difficult to decide what to do, if you graduate from college or when you just finished a certificated programme. Should you pursue a higher education or get a job? Living up to expectations… Young people don’t always know what to do. Journey to Work is a very succesfull long running workplacement /internship scheme. The Erasmus Plus scheme, also known as 'Going Dutch' has been graded as EU Good Practise many times. Currently we are running the last flow of Journey to Work 6 with a small group of young VET graduates. The 6-week work placement / apprenticeship programme runs from mid-April till end May 2022. 

SMS2 Partnership Visits Holland

The partnership Social Media Savvy Part 2 have their transnational project meeting on May 5th-6th 2022 at Area071, Zuid-Holland. The SMS2 partner organisations are in the final phases of the project. Werkcenter Scotland (United Kingdom); Dutch Foundation of Innovation Welfare to Work (The Netherlands) and ARES (Italy) will finetune progress made on the Social Media Savvy Passport (e-assessment Tool, with Brand ‘I’ e-learn modules how to be social media savvy brand yourself profesionally on your journey to work. We will also address the final development of the SMS Platform.

Social Media Savvy Newsletter Number 3

This is the third newsletter of the Social Media Savvy project - Part 2 (2020-2-UK01-KA205-079587 - SMS2). SMS2 is the sequel of Social Media Savvy (2017-3-UK01-KA205-046578). The aim of Social Media Savvy - Part 2 is to facilitate a Social Media Savvy website and a SMS Platform as well. On top of that we will develop a Social Media Savvy Passport. We provide guidance, advice, tips and tricks on how to build a personal savvy brand ('the brand I'), to help young people to create an attractive Social Media Savvy profesional digital identity on their journey to work. The SMS Part partnership 2 is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

SMS2 Newsletter December 2021

This is the second newsletter of Social Media Savvy - Part 2 (2020-2-UK01-KA205-079587 - SMS2). SMS2 is the sequel of Social Media Savvy (2017-3-UK01-KA205-046578). The aim of Social Media Savvy - Part 2 is to facilitate a Social Media Savvy website and a SMS Platform as well. On top of that we will develop a Social Media Savvy Passport. We provide guidance, advice, tips and tricks on how to build a personal savvy brand ('the brand I'), to help young people to create an attractive Social Media Savvy profesional digital identity on their journey to work. The SMS Part partnership 2 is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Good Practice: The Model and Strategy behind a Successful Journey to Work

Joblessness lasting more than 6 months is a major factor preventing young people from getting (re)hired, with potentially grave consequences: lost production, increased social spending, decreased tax revenue and slower growth. On a personal level the impact on the young job seeker is no less devastating and includes; loss of confidence & self-reliance, depending on social benefits, etc. In any given month, a newly jobless young worker has about 20 to 30 % chance of finding a new job. By the time s/he has been out of work for 6 months, though, the chance drops to 1 in 10. The skills mismatch in youth labour markets has become a persistent and growing trend. Many of these young people are not only early-school leavers, lacking qualifications, relevant skills & work experience but more and more it affects third-level graduates who cannot find a first job. Nordström/Skans (2011) show that an unemployment spell of more than 51 days subsequent graduation increases the probability of unemployment 5 years later. That's why Journey to Work kicks in !

SMS2 Partnership Meets finally in Campobasso

The Social Media Savvy 2 Partnership had already kicked off in January 2021, but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic limitations it was the first time partner organisations ARES, Dutch Foundation of Innovation welfare 2 Work and Werkcenter Scotland met in person in Campobasso. The meeting in Italy on December 6th-7th 2021 was pretty successful. The SMS2 partnership could move forward on the path paved during the monthly Zoom meetings. At the office of ARES we were able to get more detail on the progress made on the SMS Platform and the Social Media Savvy Passport, including rescheduling our other transnational project meetings.