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Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union 

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Kicking off the Pilot

The MCAST GIVE Team as the Work Package leader for the development of the innovative GIVE training courses, recently spearheaded the inaugural pilot of MCAST’s training courses.  The innovative GIVE training courses, meticulously developed by our consortium, aim to address the evolving needs of vocational education and training, fostering an environment where diversity is not only embraced but celebrated. MCAST, as the Work Package leader, took the lead in implementing the first course, providing a hands-on experience for participants to engage with the transformative content. The pilot session brought together participants from the GIVE consortium partners and local industry representatives, marking a pivotal step in our collective journey toward inclusive excellence. The pilot session showcased a dynamic blend of theoretical insights and practical applications, creating an enriching learning experience for all involved. MCAST and the international partners were joined by enthusiastic representatives from local industry partner, ensuring a holistic perspective that aligns with real-world demands. This activity was supported by the Malta Chamber of Commerce. The three courses piloted focused on inclusive processes already in place at MCAST, shared with other professionals to be implemented in their respective organisations. The GIVE training courses developed and piloted by MCAST were:
  1. Community Social Responsibility Initiative – this course gives insight on benefits of CSR and aids participants to formulate a CSR programme tailored to their own local needs and realities.
  2. Supporting Strategies for SEN students – this course focuses on the MAP sessions and the individual support sessions to support SEN students, and how these can be applied also in a workplace setting.
  3. Recognition of Prior Learning – this course distinguishes between different forms of RPL and examines how it can be implemented by educational institutions and employers alike.
Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive, emphasising the relevance and applicability of the course content. The interactive nature of the sessions facilitated vibrant discussions, encouraging the exchange of ideas and best practices among international and local stakeholders. One of the standout aspects of the pilot was the emphasis on the transferability of the good practices to different scenarios, with participants expressing their appreciation for the diverse perspectives brought to the table. The collaborative nature of the training not only strengthened the bonds between consortium members but also created a bridge between academia and industry, fostering a symbiotic relationship crucial for the success of vocational education and training. As we reflect on the success of this pilot session, we eagerly anticipate the subsequent phases of our project, where additional courses will be piloted, and the valuable feedback received will further refine our final product. The positive outcomes of this initial endeavour underscore our commitment to promoting inclusive excellence in vocational education and training, setting the stage for a more equitable and responsive learning environment. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue our journey toward shaping the future of inclusive vocational education and training!  
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