Kick-off meeting of Erasmus+ APSIRE project in Zagreb

On May 26th and 27Th, 2022, Ambitio College was a host of Kick-off meeting of the project ASPIRE – Feasibility of Implementing the Essential Skills Program for Adult Education Organizations, Educators and Learners in Zagreb. The project coordinator Stichting Exe-Leren from Netherlands has held the first meeting with Ambitio College as a partner. This innovative project is funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union in total amount of 60.000,00 EUR and will be implemented in 14 months (1st March 2022 – 30th April 2023).

Two-days meeting was a great opportunity for partners to get to know each other personally and professionally, to learn about their scope of work environment and to discuss, share and develop ideas based on knowledge and mutual expertise in the field of adult education which will help to successfully implement the project activities. It was also a great start to be able to communicate the project goals and objectives to ensure the partners are clear on what they should be doing in the project.

On the first day of the meeting the partners have discussed their assumptions about possible reaction of the target groups and other stakeholders who will be soon involved in the activities based on the input from the Essential Skills Program (ESP) and previous work. They were also brainstorming about what will work and what will not work in the process of introducing ESP online skills courses to them within this project. Later, they defined and brainstormed the needs of target group (low-skilled adults, trainers, and employers) and begun segmenting them. At the end of the day partners had an online meeting with the associated partner ESP USA who provided them the initial introduction into Essential Skills Program – 10 online soft skill courses and process of collaboration within the project.

On the second day of the meeting the partners continued their focus on segmenting trainers and employers needs in this process. At the end of the day, the key hypothesis was documented which will be tested within this project. Furthermore, partners also agreed about next steps in the project.