Social Media in Exchanges (2014-2017) Erasmus+ Program
This European Project has as its ultimate objective the development of an application for mobile devices to facilitate and improve exchange to both student and teachers’ mobility of vocational and education training, and workers in the construction industry in Europe.
Designation: SOMEX. Social Media in Exchanges.
Project: Belonging to the European Union Erasmus + Program, 2014 Call, of the 2 Key Action of Cooperation for Innovation and the exchange of Good Practices.
Project Identification: 2014-1-BE01-KA202-000875.
Duration: 36 months, since October 2014 until August 2017.
Budget: 286.399 €.
Coordinator of the project: Institut wallon de Formation en Alternance et des indépendants et Petites et Moyennes Entreprises -Ifapme- (Belgium).
Partners: Fundación Laboral de la Construcción (Spain), Bildungszentren des Baugewerbes eV -BZB- (Germany), Centro de Formação Profissional da Indústria da Construção Civil e Obras Públicas do Sul -Cenfic- (Portugal), Ente Nazionale per la Formazione e L’addestramento Professionale nell’Edilizia -Formedil- (Italy).
The global labour market assess that workers, especially the Young ones, have in their CV experiences in other countries, mainly to reinforce new business opportunities.
In this mobility process, a good preparation for the trip is crucial for the integration and the benefit obtained from the time spent. Conspicuously, the better planned the experience is, the more the mobility will be satisfactory for students and workers. On that will depend, among other things that people enjoying this kind of experiences return to their original destinations delighted with the impact and benefit – both personal and professional – of this journey in their careers.
In this respect, a key cornerstone for the Vocational Training Centres is to guide the young people providing reliable information about these mobilities by means of new technologies and social media throughout all their formative itinerary in order to make them able to exploit the opportunities that the UE gives to them.
An app to support the mobility process
With the Somex Project it is intended to adapt the transmission and management of the student and workers mobility process in the construction industry, to the technological means and new communication platforms, including mobile devices.
Throughout this initiative, a wide set of tools will be developed for the preparation, the functioning and the further processing of students and personnel exchange, created with the current technological and communicational means. The result shall be carried out in a final product which is a mobile device application for the Android operating system, with which young people will have a support directly from their smartphones or tablet throughout the whole mobility process.
The Somex European project’s objectives are the following:
- To facilitate mobility, therefore, the process integration throughout the use of the developed application in the Project for smartphones and tablets.
- To improve the quality of students, teachers and workers’ mobility, in all its phases: prior process, development and posterior.
- To simplify the preparation process of the mobility period abroad and to make it easier and safer for those taking part in it and in its preparation.
- To decrease barriers and increment the acceptance of this type of rewarding experiences.
- To increase the attractiveness of the industry in order to have greater social recognition.
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