Aspire-international July 2018
01 July, 2018
Games-based Learning in Finland
Aspire-international recently travelled to Pori, Finland to attend the second transnational meeting for Level Up. This is a game-based learning (GBL) project which seeks to tackle the stereotype of vocational training as a ‘second choice’. The aspire-international team are producing a GBL tool to be accessed by young people potentially entering the VET sector, as well as careers guidance professionals who can use the game to promote VET pathways in their practice.
They met with partners from Germany, Ireland, Bulgaria, Hungary and Finland to discuss the current progress of the project, highlighting best practices in using GBL in careers guidance across Europe and agreeing on ways to publicise the project via social media. They will use animation, video and game teasers to capture the attention of our main target group.
They also had chance to sample Finnish cuisine and try a sea buckthorn aperitif, an unusual local speciality! They explored the city and were impressed by Pori’s street art, as well as the beautiful Kokemäenjoki River which flows through the city.
The meeting in Finland enabled them to set project deadlines and reach an agreement on the next stage of Level Up. A big thank you to our Finnish hosts for their hospitality, and to the rest of our partners for a productive second project meeting.
The big day!
Congratulations to aspire-international manager Lauren Hendrie, who recently got married. We’ve had a sneak peek at wedding photos, but are looking forward to seeing many more. We are also excited to hear all about her honeymoon in Africa!
We recently welcomed German intern Sebastian Hentscher to the Opportunity Centre. Sebastian is a Careers Guidance student from the University of Applied Labour Studies (UALS). Aspire-igen assisted him with securing accommodation and helped with the induction process, showing him around the building and introducing him to staff. Sebastian worked directly with National Careers Service, but also spent time in the aspire-international department in order to find out more about our role as the UK’s Euroguidance Centre.
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