Title BILLARD - Blended and Integrated Lifelong Learning for Actors in Regional Development
Project Number A/04/B/F/PP-158.123
Project Type Pilot Project, project with multiplying effect (2000-2006)
BILLARD has been financed by the Leonardo da Vinci Community vocational training action programme and carried out by the partners from Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
BILLARD developed a modular training product and methodology for a (re)integration of the target groups - women re-entering the labour market and university drop-outs – into working life, while providing knowledge and understanding of contemporary regional development processes, governance theory, policy and practice in a European context.
Further information is available under www.billard-regionalstudies.eu
The project aims at the development of a modular training programme related to topics of interest for key players in regional development. BILLARD addresses the following two target groups:
• women re-entering the labour market – i.e. women who were interrupted in their career development due to certain reasons (e.g. maternity leave, caring for a disabled relative etc.), they have an academic degree and have been away from the world of work for at least 2 years
• university drop-outs – i.e. young people who are unemployed or employed below their intellectual potential, they started to pursue their studies and successfully completed at least two semesters, but have dropped for some reasons
The BILLARD-programme contains modules at basic, advanced and professional level that are based upon each other.
The learning courses and the learning materials cover eight thematic areas:
1. Regional Development and Regional Policy
2. Strategy Planning and Marketing
3. EU and its Institutions
4. Project Development and Financing
5. Project Implementation and Management
6. Communication and Soft Skills
7. Career Development Planning
8. ICT Skills
These topics have been identified in a query as prerequisites that a person involved in regional development should have. The query and interviews have been carried out among the regional development key players in the partner countries.
The project aims at the development of a training product and methodology for a relatively quick (re-)integration of the target groups into working life, while providing knowledge and understanding of contemporary regional development processes, governance theory, policy and practice in a European context. The training programme will develop and improve those practical skills and capabilities that are required for the target groups to engage and participate in regional development processes in Europe.
In order to reach this goal the project has identified the following specific aims:
• to build capacity in the target groups by upgrading their skills and competencies,
• to enhance their innate qualities and transform them into “working tools”,
• to enable the target groups to take part in the working processes either as valued employees, entrepreneurs or as project-managers/assistants for regional development projects,
• to elaborate a common agreement on what basic skills a person engaged in regional development processes in Europe should possess, by defining the new European profession of a regional manager
• to develop 3 alternative curricula (regional development managers, regional development management assistants and management assistants) for a training and educational programme in regional development,
• to develop educational guidelines for training regional development actors,
• to develop methods to improve the work of those engaged or planning to be engaged in regional development,
• to create a wide understanding that regional development is a process, which cannot be done without the acceptance of different points of views concerning regional and/or sectoral problems, public fears, and different solution potentials.
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
The prime products of the project are:
• a modular training programme accompanied with three alternative curricula (one curriculum for regional development managers, one for regional development management assistants and one for management assistants)
• a set of sample modular training materials (course books, presentations, case studies, e-learning platform, multiple choice tests etc.)
• a set of hands-on guidelines for teaching and blended learning in the field of regional development
The training programme is based on a wide variety of different inputs from different cultures and understandings of regional development processes and due to its modular nature it provides a high level of flexibility and is easily adaptable for integration in existing study programmes.
The manuals assist especially those tutors and lecturers who are new to the curriculum, and on the other hand, they provide information for students to support them in choosing the right training path and direct them on how to use ICT tools offered by the training programme.