Birth of the Italian network for solidarity economy
On 18th and 19th January 22 associations working on social and solidarity matters gathered in Rome with a common aim: the approval of the statute and the election of the different bodies of the new Italian network for solidarity economy – RIES (in Italian Rete Italiana per l’economia Sociale).
This event represent the point of arrival of a 20 years long cooperation among various associations and bodies of the Social Economy in Italy formerly linked by a non-formal network (RES). In order to give more visibility to the Social and Solidarity world, members of RES decided to join in a formal subject.
RIES becomes now the national reference point for all institutions, associations, and other bodies dealing with the solidarity economy with common objectives; it will act as unique subject in the relations with public entities and civil society with the scope the promotion and diffusion of good practices related to SSE.
The VET Trainers’ Guide introduces the SSE occupational area in the CVET system. It is a manual that is of particular need for trainers in the field. It provides trainers with knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies that will enable them to effectively prepare curricula, specific modules, assessment and training evaluation on Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) topics. Furthermore, it examines suitable methodologies according to a needs’ assessment in the field. Therefore, it will give trainers the background competencies to provide SSE training and technical assistance to social entrepreneurs’ communities, as well as to other relevant stakeholders.
It will actively facilitate learning by applying what is known about how the trainer/trainee experience is implemented, given that knowledge of how to work with SSE organisations is essential to effective training and mentoring in the field. The mentoring process involves knowledge acquisition, application, and reflective supervision.
The guide will describe a collaborative learning relationship between SSE and their trainers and mentors, who share mutual responsibility and accountability for helping a trainee work towards achieving clear and mutually defined learning goals.
Furthermore, a crucial aspect of the guide will be a competence-based checklist for trainers on SSE, which includes two different types of competences:
competences associated with the training of adults and
competences associated with the theme of social entrepreneurship.
The Policy Brief will be the document of a common advocacy strategy for introducing SSE in the VET system at national level and European level. This document is focused on advocacy at a policy level, aiming the main decision-makers and policy-makers at national and European level. For this Intellectual Output, all partners’ efforts will be focused on presenting, synthetically, the main goals and objectives of this European project as solid and coherent arguments for introducing SSE in the VET system.
The 1st meeting of the EmploySSE project held on the 20th and 21st of November 2019 in Athens. The meeting has been attended by all partners involved in the project. Moreover, discussions have been held in order to prepare specific project actions and coordinate activities. The meeting has been carried out on the basis of the below-outlined agenda.