Between February 2017 and May 2017, Rinova’s Project Researcher for EP4A, Sheniz Tan, has participated in a number external international programmes, conferences and strategic meetings in connection to the international development sectors and partners outside of the EU.
This has included participation in the 2-day Bond conference in March 2017. Bond, the UK international development membership organisation, organises an annual conference for international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and key stakeholders working throughout the Global South. With Apprenticeships and work-based learning being a key strategy of a number of governments’ development agendas, Sheniz Tan took the opportunity to promote the EP4A project, specifically the potential for an EP4A legacy strategy.
In April and May 2017, Rinova further promoted the EP4A programme and model with stakeholders based in the Caucasus, particularly non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Tbilisi and Borjomi, Georgia and in Baku, Azerbaijan. Partners included Samtskhe-Javakheti Media, a Women Economic Empowerment and Youth training centre in Borjomi and CDC, a youth skills development and conflict resolution NGO in Tbilisi. Furthermore, Rinova met with the Azerbaijani NGO Land of Fire, to discuss the EP4A programme.
All 3 Caucasus partners indicated the lack of Apprenticeship structures or employer networks willing to appointment Apprentices and the general under-development of the work-based learning sector.