Young artists and artisans will go abroad for a two-week enterprise workshop and will practice their new skills with Italian and Cypriot customers and learn how our European neighbours work and live.
Reciprocally, Italian and Cypriot artists will come to Wolverhampton for the same experience.
This project is also working in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton, with the Cypriot/Italian artists and artisans testing the App.t -http://apptproject.eu/wp/ - an app that will contain interactive training content which focuses on developing business start-up skills based on the principles of social enterprise.
The programme, valued at €270k, under the Erasmus+ European scheme, is free for young people, up to 30 years of age. Successful applicants will attend a 14-day enterprise workshop in Florence, Italy or Limassol in Cyprus. After the workshop, some of them will be offered the possibility to spend 45 more days abroad for a work experience placement to explore the foreign market mechanisms.
All expenses are covered: flights, accommodation, training and subsistence.
Patrick Cross, the Managing Director with Gecko Programmes explains: “this is a fantastic opportunity for artists and artisans to boost enterprise skills. We have already seen the difference this makes to confidence and abilities, with young people returning with great ideas and enthusiasm to make themselves stand out in a tough job market. It is also another great opportunity to work with the University to develop learning materials and methods”.
To find out more details about Gecko’s new project, please visit http://www.geckoprogrammes.eu/youth-talent-to-market.html