Study trip as model of research, education and practice in vocational training in culture animation and community work – LOCALISE

The project LOCALISE is to transfer the innovative VET study trip module to other national, cultural and institutional contexts, breaching the gap between theory and practice, centres and peripheries, institutions and local communities that has been identified as common issue in cultural work sector.

The main aim of LOCALISE is to further develop the idea of a study trip as model of research, education and practice and to work out specific content, structure and form necessary to make it suitable for transfer to VET practice of other countries. Diverse and international target groupĀ  – VET students, cultural work practitioners, local institutions, community groups and community activists from all participating countries – will be granted an opportunity to develop professional, intercultural and communication skills, get to know local needs in culture and labour market, as well as to forge sustainable professional partnerships between countries and sectors.

The project is organized by three academic institutions from Lithuania, Poland and United Kingdom experienced in organizing educational and vocational training in culture animation and community work and with long track record of management and participation in European projects. All partners possess necessary expertise to further elaborate and implement the VET module, as well as disseminate the results of the project to wide contact network of students, associates and institutions.

Planned outcomes include implementation of the elaborated educational module into three existing curricula of educating cultural workers in the field of culture animation and community arts. The innovative character of the VET module starts from research and finishes with practice. Thanks to this structure the module operates as a bridge between VET systems and labour markets. This particular area of labour market – community work – is not yet properly recognized as local communities are not always perceived to be active participants in decision-making and organizers of cultural enterprises.
The project offers opportunities for trans-regional and transnational communication, not only for partner institutions but also between communities and cultural institutions in all three countries. As such it promotes intercultural dialogue and exchange of perspectives, methods, experiences and good practice.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme.