At Rinova we recently marked two important milestones following the outbreak of Covid-19 and the global pandemic. First, we recently started phasing in our return to work from our office in Canary Wharf, which had been closed since March 2020. Second, following countless online meetings and events since that time, we were finally able to meet and work together with some of our European partners in Madrid on the 12th and 13th July for the Erasmus+ project, Learn2Create.
Learn2Create is a partnership of organisations from Poland, Italy, Greece, Slovakia and Spain, working together with Rinova. This partnership has been designing and validating a new programme aimed at small and micro-enterprises in the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) to more effectively support new entrants through work-based learning (WBL).
One unexpected outcome from the evaluation of the testing and pilot phases of L2C has been the need to make visible the different ways by which the whole process of WBL happens in the CCIs. For all of the European partners it was found to be vital that, in order to affect the CCI work-based ‘ecosystem’, different actions are required with training providers, companies and practitioners in the sector. This has been a common and shared experience, whether in countries such as the UK, where work-based learning in the CCIs has had a significant degree of recognition and validation at ‘system’ and operational level, and in countries where this has happened less.
The L2C pilots in the UK were implemented through Rinova’s ‘Creative Mentoring Exchange’. This is a new network that we are building, which is supporting the training and development of creative practitioners and artists working as ‘educators’ in a variety of creative industry-linked, non-formal and formal contexts – a field that Rinova’s leading staff have been supporting for over 20 years. Over the next 3 years we will be offering many new and exciting opportunities through our Creative Mentoring Exchange – some are online, some will take place through networking and learning sessions in London – and some involve international opportunities too!
If you would like to get more involved with our network and join Rinova’s Creative Mentoring Exchange and/or to find out more about L2C, contact David Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org
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