Title Creative blended mentoring for cultural managers _CREA.M
Project Number 518533-LLP-1-2011-1-IT-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The CREA.M project aims at
-developing a new cultural curricula framework to foster employability of precarious cultural managers.
-developing a new training methodology based on the blended mentoring method to foster creative thinking, entrepreneurship thinking competence supporting the matching between cultural managers expectations and the labour market.
-testing a EU creative blended mentoring kit to innovate vocational training in a non formal and informal setting based on work learning experience and on the learning outcomes approach increasing transparency and comparability and validation by applying the EQF(European quality framework).
Given the general frame of cultural employment and training at a EU level and the mismatching of skills in the culture sector, the issues at stake are:
which new competences are required to a cultural manager in a changing, globalized and competitive labour market?
what kind of innovative learning process needs to be activated?
how to validate these new skills for a better comparison and transferability at a EU level and to enhance the employability of cultural professionals?
CREAM.S’ network developed 3 answers that led to the creation of a new kit of learning procedures for cultural managers. A research (1) to map the skills needed in the cultural sector and design a new curricula framework for professionals in the culture labour market that pays attention to the competences acquired in informal settings and the need for entrepreneurial skills. The design and testing of a training procedure based on the blended mentoring methodology and aiming, on one hand, at fostering creative thinking, spirit of initiative, intercultural and interpersonal skills and entrepreneurship competences and on the other, at developing concrete learning objects in a one-to-one (mentor-mentee) relation. A validation process (3) of the competences acquired after the testing phase will be shared at a EU level.
CREA.M is targeted at professionals working precariously in the cultural sector, who have experience but can’t find a placement in the labour market nor have access to C-VET.
In the pilot testing of the creative blended mentoring 18 mentees directly involved in the project are going to foster their competences and enhance their employability in a co-working experience with 18 mentors. The envisaged impact of the project activities is about 500 people. Moreover the blended mentoring will be developed through an ICT platform to be disseminated by the partner organizations to all their stakeholders (estimated in about 30.000 contacts) to spread and exploit the new learning tool.
The methodology proposed in the CREA.M project is first to identify the real needs of the target groups by mapping/forecasting the skills needed in a competitive cultural labour.
A draft of questionnaire of the skills needed and the learning outcomes and competence is draft based on the consortium experience and then is carried out by sending out questionnaires and interviews to a cluster of 100 experienced cultural mangers working in the culture sector in the different areas of the cultural field of each partner country. Each partner is going to carry out this research on the relevant field of competence to have a global view of the cultural sector.
The data collected is discussed in the international focus groups with 10 relevant stakeholder (public sector, enterprises, cultural managers, policy makers, unemployed) to assess the new needs in the cultural sectors and to incorporate in the new curricula the skills and competences gained through non formal informal learning. The results of the data collecting are going to be elaborated in a new curricula framework which is going to be used as a reference for the development of the creative blended mentoring in what learning outcomes a cultural manager needs to possess.
The structure/training method of the creative blended mentoring will be a mix use of an internal mentor and an external mentor is positive on to levels: the use of intern mentor is a new way of perceiving the role of an internal figure becoming the trainer of their colleagues(cascading effect), moreover the internal mentoring allows team building, development of know-how, and is a transferable model, creates reference figures. The external mentor brings inside new ideas and vitality.
The traditional mentoring methodology divided in 3 phases is integrated by a platform where mentors and mentee can keep in touch.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
transparency and certification
open and distance learning
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
Research survey on the cultural sector and a mapping of skills useful to identify the skills competences needed in the cultural sector.
New Culture Curricula Framework:The new cultural curricula framework will be available in all the language of the partnership, in digital form and targeted to cultural trainers, public bodies, EU networks and policy makers, academic world, NGOs, third sector, cultural organizations, museums, creative sector, enterprises. It will help transferability and comparing of competences.
Design of the creative mentoring and mentoring procedures
Creation of the platform for the blended mentoring
Pilot testing of creative mentoring
The validation framework is going to be delivered in all the language of the partnership. It will contain all the necessary skills and competences, how to validate them, quality assurance, the description of the method of classification. A part of the publication will describe all the process and the integration to the project.
Evaluation and quality plan