Here we will summarise the main project events and activities as we undertake our partnership meetings, multiplier events, learning teaching and training events and local/regional events that partners undertake to share the DayPlot project journey.
3-5 April 2017
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HIOA) , Norway was the location for the second DayPlot partnership meeting and our first Multiplier Event of the project. Early April in Oslo was very kind to partners who hail from warmer countries and we enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather during the daytime.
After a first morning of planning on Monday 3rd April, delegates arrived for a delicious lunch of tapas before the Multiplier Event.
The Multiplier Event, the main theme of such was to present our findings from Intellectual Output 1: The Comparative Report of our analysis of the current issues for NEETs and Migrants in Italy, Spain, Austria, Northern Ireland and Norway. Steinar Widding from our host partner HIOA, presented the findings of the comparative report which demonstrated the challenges that some European countries face when trying to find solutions to the NEET problem and support for Migrants and those with Refugee status.
Each Partner then had the opportunity to share their findings of good practice with NEETs/Migrants in their countries; followed by a question and answer session where delegates had the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification on aspects of the Comparative Report and the good practice shared by partners, Antares, Hafelekar, CRIA and GEMS NI. Very positive feedback was received from those who attended with further conversations held over coffee before partners returned to their meeting.
The next 2 days were very busy with all partners agreeing that the Oslo meeting had been positive and productive with an excellent Multiplier Event. The business of the meeting included guidance on financial reporting, dissemination, publicity and seminars on quality management and quality assurance. A key focus of meeting 2 was to build the framework for the gamification tool - this would reflect the European Competencies and assist a facilitator, trainer, VET professional or IAG practitioner to work with disadvantaged NEETs/Migrants using gamification as the driver for learning. Each partner was tasked by Eulab (the lead partner for IO2) to develop sets of 20-30 questions that would be relevant to the competencies and would be part of the navigation of the game - a game with a purpose as well as fun. We all worked really hard and also took a lot of "homework" away with us, arrangements for online meetings and deadlines for the return of our completed tasks.
Of course, we had time to look around the wonderful city of Oslo and our social dinner was held in the Hotel Continental with fish dishes a delight and our vegetarian colleague saying hers was the best vegetarian dish she had ever had - praise indeed! We left Oslo with warm hearts from a warm welcome from our hosts HIOA, the knowledge that our first Multiplier Event had been very successful, we had worked well to achieve our tasks and, finally, went home with our tasks including planning for Austria in October 2017.
DayPlot was all systems go in October 2016! this important first meeting was held in the offices of Eulab Consulting in Rome - all partners knew at least one other partner from working on projects together over the past 10-15 years and everyone was enthusiastic and highly-motivated to be working on this exciting new project that would use gamification to support the inclusion of people who experience labour market disadvantage, specifically NEETs and Migrants.
Tatiana Tamberlani, Eulab Consulting, demonstrating gamification
The first meeting of any new project is highly important; this is where the project plan is discussed in detail and concrete actions are time-tabled with task owners and deadlines.
Of course, it wasn't all hard work! our project partnership had a wonderful social dinner in Hostaria Costanza which is within the remains of an ancient Roman theatre. The food and the conversation were excellent.