The three Youth Talent to Market enterprise workshops (Wolverhampton - UK, Florence - IT, Limassol - CY) were organised simultaneously in January and May 2016, with each partner hosting artisans from the other two countries.
18-29 JANUARY 2016 and 11-22 April 2016, Wolverhampton
The two-week enterprise workshop organised by Gecko Programmes took place in Wolverhampton, and equipped 10 Cypriot artists and artisans with enterprise skills, so that they can "take their talent to market".
After the workshop, 5 artisans spent 46 more days in the UK for a work experience in the sector, allowing them to prospect the market and observe how the British creative businesses are being managed.
The training was delivered by Mike Ryan, Kate Thorley and Max Wootton.
Kate Thorley is an award winning fine jeweller & commercial designer with over 15 years trade experience, who also specialises in assisting UK and international jewellery trade companies and individuals develop their ideas into marketable commercial product designs.
In addition to undertaking private commissions, Kate also consults on Design, Trend Analysis and she mentors designers and makers in best creative business practises. Kate has also worked as a professional Jewellery designer with many UK Jewellery Trade companies such as Cookson Gold and has worked on several EU funded creative projects with UK and International partners.
Kate is a very experienced tutor who currently teaches Jewellery techniques and creative business enterprise skills to degree students at Birmingham City University's prestigious School of Jewellery (BCU) and she was also the senior designer at the School’s Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) for several years, before starting her own Jewellery business.
As a member of Centrepiece a prestigious designer maker collective based in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, Kate is also responsible guiding their Marketing strategy.
Michael is a tutor with graduate and post graduate qualifications in Business Management, ICT, Management Psychology and Systems Thinking. A firm believer in lifelong learning he has engaged in over 12 years of part time study to help him in his career. His career has been varied to say the least,his work experience has included management in Hospitality, Finance, Retail, Creative and Digital Industries. The job roles have been equally varied, it has ranged from managing the wine cellars at Lloyd s of London to being an Investors In People Business Adviser. and then 12 years working for the Learning and Skills Council in the West Midlands on education and employability, mainly with addressing the skills gap in industry and getting employers and providers to work more effectively together.
Has a long association with Gecko Programmers, working on research in vocational educational and the design and delivery of learning.
Max joined Gecko Programmes in 2011 as an Accounts Co-Ordinator in our European Team. Currently, Max is responsible for co-ordinating local inward mobility placements for students and graduates entering the UK for vocational training funded through the EU Erasmus Plus Programme.
Max holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Liverpool. Prior to working for Gecko, Max worked in a number of fields, including high voltage engineering and equipment sales.
Outside work, Max’s main interest is chess and he represents Staffordshire at county level.
As part of the YT2M project, Max will be liaising with local creative businesses to find suitable work placements for each of the five participants and mentor them throughout their work experience.
18-29 JANUARY 2016 and 9-20 MAY 2016, Florence
The two-week enterprise workshop organised by CEDIT took place in Florence, equipping 10 British artists and artisans with enterprise skills, so that they can "take their talent to market".
After the workshop, 5 artisans spent 46 more days in Florence for a work experience in the sector, allowing them to prospect the market and observe how the Italian creative businesses are being managed.
The training was delivered in English by Laura Simoncini, Alessandro Gudagni and Gigliola Fontani.
Laura Simoncini is the Director of CEDIT. She is the representative for all the issues related to start-ups, business development and funding, in particular related to the craft sector. Some of the main activity carried
out: Development and management of International project regarding training, occupational skills, entrepreneurship, employment and employability; Networking with international and national partners in about development of employability and social dialogue partnership; management of team work; supporting and tutoring new entrepreneurs with their business.
Alessandro Guadagni is CEDIT’s responsible for managing and coordinating European financed projects in the field of transnational mobility.
Experienced in managing training for SMEs and in the coordination and development of different EU financed projects in the field of training and transnational mobility, guidance and enterprises’ start-up. He works also as trainer for the ECVET modules on Enterprise.
Gigliola Fontani has been working in Confartigianato Imprese Arezzo for 15 years. She manages and coordinates various activities among groups of artisans in different sectors, both to help them promote their products and to develop their skills such as group projects and professional courses. She also has extensive experience of managing public fund projects supporting enterprises.
18-29 JANUARY 2016 and 9-20 MAY 2016, Limassol
The two-week enterprise workshop organised by LC Youth took place in Limassol, and equipped 10 Italian artists and artisans with enterprise skills, so that they can "take their talent to market".
After the workshop, 5 artisans spent 46 more days in Limassol for a work experience in the sector, allowing them to prospect the market and observe how the Cypriot creative businesses are being managed.
The training was delivered in English by Litsa Charalambous, Eleni Fillipou and Maria Stavropoulou.
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