Third international Train the Trainer of JobAct® Europe in Budapest from 15st – 19st April 2019

Successful Train the Trainer series continues in Budapest: Versatile methodology teaching in intercultural workshops.

After the first two trainings took place with great success in Turin and Paris, the series continued from 15st – 19st April 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. Again, numerous committed theatre trainers and social workers from Hungary, Italy, France and Germany came together to learn methods of social art for social inclusion.

The project JobAct Europe focuses on using social art for the empowerment of the participants through the combination of theatre training and job coaching. Therefore, theatre pedagogues, social workers and aspiring social artists participate in the four-part Train-the-Trainer-series. Each training takes place in a different country and is hosted by the two national partner institutions together, to allow each project partner to teach his most effective approaches and to offer as many trainers as possible the chance of a high acquisition of different methods.

With regard to a broad dissemination of methods, various workshops and exercises were carried out in Budapest, always with the aim of enabling the participants to respond to the needs of their target groups. In order to achieve this goal, not only theoretical input in form of presentations about theatre education in general and about handling different target groups but also practical exercises, were taught in the workshops. The practical exercises, as movement training, sound painting or slam poetry also included members of the target group. We had an Arts and Crafts-session with homeless people and were taught object manipulation by some kids from a poor district.

One of the highlights for all participants was certainly an intercultural scavenger hunt through Budapest with the aim of tracking down social art.

We say a heartfelt Köszönöm for the lovely hosting and the interesting workshops and are already excited for the final training in Witten.

Hosting project partners were Faktor Terminál and Szubjective Values Foundation, both from Budapest.

Second international Train the Trainer of JobAct® Europe in Paris from 11st – 15st March 2019

Singing, dancing and rapping for social inclusion: second international Train-the-Trainer as a step for successful intercultural exchange

After the success of the first JobAct Europe Train the Trainer starting event in Turin, Italy, the second Train the Trainer took place in Paris, France, from 11th to 15th of March 2019. Also, this time the great engagement of all participants from France, Italy, Hungary and Germany was impressive and showed again, how creative transnational teaching and learning can be carried out.

Fit for the labour market through acting, singing and dancing - the JobAct Europe project has proven, that this works out for quite a while. In order to familiarise as many theatre pedagogues, social workers and volunteers as possible with the JobAct method, a four-part training series is currently taking place with changing hosts in Europe. After the first training in February took place successfully in Turin, Italy, now the second training was aligned in Paris. This time the focus was on the empowerment of the individuals through music and movement. For this purpose, practical exercises were conducted in small groups and subsequently discussed in the plenum. Among other things, it was impressively shown, how the feeling of belonging to a group is strengthened by singing in a gospel choir or how rapping can be used as an expression of emotions and feelings and at last of yourself. In addition, it was taught how to express emotions and one's own personality with the help of dance and movement exercises.

Complementary to the practical exercises, there was enough space for transnational exchange. Especially in regard to working with specific target groups, the Train the Trainer series offers a very good opportunity to compare methods, learn from each other and broaden one's own horizon. All in all, the training was an impressive experience of how creative learning from each other across national borders can be fulfilled. We thank everyone, who made this training happen and look forward to the next.

The training was hosted by project partner Apprentis d´Auteuil from Paris with support from another French project partner, La tête de l’emploi.

Train the Trainer of JobAct® Europe in Turin
from 1st – 5th February, 2019

With Romeo und Juliet back to the Job market – First Train the Trainer program started with success in Turin

The first international theatre training of the four-part series “Train the Trainers” took place from 01/02 – 05/02/2019 in Turin, Italy. In 5 days participants from Italy, France, Hungary and Germany were taught methods of social art for social inclusion practically and theoretically.

„Social inclusion through social art“ – this is the concept with which the social workers, aspiring social artists, as well as already certified theatre pedagogues are prepared for their work with disadvantaged people and supported in their professional practice. The project JobAct Europe focuses on the empowerment of the participants through the combination of theatre training and job coaching. After almost two years of joint cross-national concept development, the different approaches could be combined in a joint training of the project partners, where the demonstration of the differences of the approaches also provided a fruitful learning opportunity. In a theory block in the morning a lively exchange took place on the methods of the partners used in practical work with disadvantaged groups, acquisition of donors, companies and individual approaches of their training. In small groups and under the direction of differing theatre pedagogues the contents were conveyed practically through two-hour theatre workshops. It was done country-specific with scenes from the play Romeo and Juliet.

As the practical work with the target groups, e.g. unemployed adolescents, refugees and NEETs, is the core of the project, the “Train the Trainers” events offer a meaningful opportunity to train the competences of the trainers. The international composition of the participants led to a discourse beyond national borders. In this dialogue, experiences and helpful skills for coping with critical situations in everyday work with the target groups were exchanged and concrete methods of theatre pedagogical practice were applied and imparted. All strategies presented, like approaches to problem solving, the development of an “Entrepreneurial Mindset” and Design Thinking were always consolidated in practical exercises too. Through their own experiences with the methods, the participants were able to assure the effectiveness of certain methods and learn to put themselves in the perspective of the participants in the theatre projects.

Hosting project partners were the Cooperativa Sociale Patchanka from Turin and Vivaio per l´Intrapredenzia from Florence.

Transnational meeting of JobAct® Europe in Budapest on 10th & 11th November, 2018

On 10th and 11th November, 2018 the project partners from Italy, Germany, Hungary and France of the EU-funded project JobAct Europe - Social inclusion by social arts met for the third transnational meeting in Budapest.

Besides the mutual presentation of the current status of the various projects the time was used for further organization, discussion of the concept of Social Art and theatre exercises.

As in the recent meetings successfully used the days start again with refreshing theatre practices. This time the main focus was on the presentation of the current statuses of the pilot projects. In addition to the generally good progress and success of the projects, it became clear that they are highly emotional and positively received by the participants. These beautiful results have reassured the partners in their belief in their project. Furthermore the next meetings were organized and the concept of Social Arts was extended within group work. At the end of the meeting there was a discussion about what to expect from the project and how to implement these expectations. Thereby the main focus was on improving the already strong communication and collaboration.

Nagyon köszönöm to Hungary!

Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion (ACSI)

Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion (ACSI) is an initiative implemented by UpSocial from Barcelona and funded by Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Obra Social la Caixa, in collaboration with Euro Cities. Its aim is to catalyse the transfer of social innovations among European cities.

UpSocial selected several social innovations from all around the world who deal with the problem of youth unemployment and long-term unemployment. From all the candidates JobAct was also chosen. UpSocial recommended all the approaches to five cities (Barcelona, Rotterdam, Athens, Stockholm, and Lisbon). Stockholm as well as Barcelona was most interested in the implementation of JobAct.

In November 2017 in Barcelona and in February 2018 in Stockholm, Projektfabrik had the chance to present the JobAct approach to local stakeholders.

European Social Innovation Competition 2018

The Competition calls all Europeans to come up with solutions to the problems affecting our society. This year’s competition was launched with an event in Paris on 20 March 2018 with the participation of the Projektfabrik, as speaker in the second panel of the event.

The Erasmus+ Programme is designed to support Programme Countries' efforts to efficiently use the potential of Europe’s talent and social assets in a lifelong learning perspective, linking support to formal, non-formal and informal learning throughout the education, training and youth fields.

The Programme also enhances the opportunities for cooperation and mobility with Partner Countries, notably in the fields of higher education and youth.