Internships

Lifelong learning with Ecett

The Ecett learning method aims at the ongoing improvement of quality following the Deming wheel “Plan-C-Check-Act” model.  Each trainee launches his project starting from a problem to be solved at his place of work. He/she will continue its training until the execution of an innovation inspired by the good practices observed elsewhere. The whole training process is centered on the “quality” objective for the service users.

Each candidate trainee addresses his/her request to the helpdesk speaking his language. This helpdesk will identify hosting places having the expertise and the qualifications sought by the trainee. The role of the helpdesks is to make a matching between the offer of expertise and the specific request of each trainee and to support the trainees during their knowledge exchange project between their own work place and other expert teams in Europe.

The Ecett learning method is very flexible and can extend from a voyage of two days to a training spread out over five years. For example:

A- An individual can leave alone, only once for visiting one host, for an A internship (alone or accompanied by some colleagues), without continuing his training beyond that, or he/she can accumulate Ecett internships and make other voyages of A, B or C type.

B- He/she can choose a  “B” internship (two days or more) in order to learn good practice and describe the associated competences. Those which present their good practice in an Ecett workshop receive a “B” certificate.

C- Gradually, some trainees will accumulate ten days of training by visiting three different centers and by reporting three good practices and an execution project which they will present at the “C” jury.

D- Lastly, those who are certified by the jury “C” can start the “D” level while introducing in their place of work an innovation inspired by the good practices observed abroad. This innovation will constitute a “masterpiece ” to be presented at the “D” jury. The “D” trainees receive a teaching support of two or three years for the execution of their “masterpiece”. Then, they are regarded as “Ecett Journeymen” with voting rights within the “college of the trades” to the general assembly of Ecett-Networks.

  1. Prepare the intership/travel

Thanks to the Good Practice (more than 400 good practices posted to this day) the network expertise is already available. The host database (more than 1200 places of actual or potential hosts) allows to find the host that will give the most satisfaction to achieve the objectives that the intern has set before the departure. It is possible to obtain internship certificates.

2. Structure the trip

The future intern needs to create his profile and his resume so that the host knows him well. He must state SMART goals: “SMART” (Specific, Measurable, Acceptable, Realistic, Time-bound), organize his travel using tools such as the Planning and the Budget. The agreement signed with the host will avoid any loss of time and setbacks in order to optimize the time of the internship.

3. Optimize the impact of the intership on daily work and so on the beneficiaries, the team and the institution

Thanks to the feedback and assessment tools, the intern will identify a few key ideas which would be directly useful in his/her work and will allow his/her team to realize the importance of the learning.

4. Innovation or progress inspired by the intership or Good Practise (a year or twe after the internship) in case of an impact on the way to work

If the intern and his team have progressed or implemented an innovation, they can bring it to Ecett that will interview them and publish this innovation.

Other benefits

It is about the acquisition of competencies such as autonomy, independence, interest to learn, importance of good communication, sense of responsibility & organization, maturity, professionalism, rigor and a better judgment and discernment. The internship evaluations by trainees and their employers show that 87% of the trainees say that their objectives have been met and that these exchanges have a concrete impact on how they think, talk and work after the return of internship (University of Ghent, 2008).

An interesting win-win… 

After the internship, the intern will feed the databases of:

 ♦  Good Practices by creating his own Good Practice observed during the internship.

   ♦  Host Institutions, if he has discovered a new host, by creating a new ‘host ‘ card.

The method reveals here all its power since it supports the learning of actors in the field … by these same actors in the field!

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Grants for Internships

Internship Mobility grants are awarded to enable staff members to visit their counterparts abroad and participate in their daily work for 2 to 5 days.

3 Main actors

European Union: the Erasmus+ program offers the possibility to all organization dealing with professional training, reintegration of adults or assistance to youth to profit from Mobility travel grants in order to meet with their peers abroad and to exchange knowledge and good practices. These Mobility grants can be used for voyages going from 2 days to several weeks. The European Union pays the transport, housing and subsistence expenses during these observation internships as well as “organisational expenses” for the learning accompaniment. The next Mobility files will have to be introduced in February and preparation of applications should start in December.

The signatory organization of the Mobility contract: this is the organization which perceives subsidy and sends its personnel in training abroad. This one must work out the application file, submit a final report (at the end of 18 months) and organize the internship exchanges. But all this represents work for the signatory organization and it is there that Ecett proposes a considerable help to you. If your organisation is “accredited” by Erasmus+, this application can be done as a consortium including several organizations of the same country.

Ecett-Networks NGO brings its experience and services to prepare the Mobility application file, to put the Ecett method at your disposal, with a follow-up of learners throughout the two years of the project and contributes to the final report to be delivered to the European Union. This offer of services includes free membership to the network Ecett, the access to the e-learning platform and various databases, newsletters, workshops for exchanges of good practice, etc. The signatory organization reverses to Ecett-Networks part of “organisational costs” paid by the EU (€ 350 for each Mobility scholarship). The applicant organization takes no risk. : all internships are paid and it retrieves € 140 for its own organizational expenses. The amount reversed at Ecett is:
    € 140 per course for the coordination of the network by Ecett-Networks
    € 70 for personalized support of each trainee by the helpdesk. This role can be done by the signatory organization (the bidder) after a training by Ecett-Networks. It takes a minimum of 15 courses (over 2 years) to justify the work of the application file. Erasmus + therefore provides the possibility of introducing Mobility applications as a “consortium”, by grouping several associations.

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