The adult education centers taking part in our consortium are located in the cities: Alingsås, Borås, Essunga, Falkenberg, Falköping, Lysekil, Varberg, Lidköping, Uddevalla, Skövde, Strömstad, Sotenäs, Partille, Munkedal and Trollhättan/Vänersborg.
Westum is a non-profit association consist 32 adult education/ learning centres in Region Halland
and Region Västra Götaland, in the west part of Sweden. Westum’s vision is to enable a stronger and
more competitive region through collaborations. Through various networks, collaborations and
projects that are based on the members needs, we develop goals.
This application includes 14 of our
members, adult educations centers, located in different municipalities in Westum. Westum’s area is
not only large geographic, it´s also includes a huge number of different vocational educational
programmes. In our consortium we have both vocational education at upper secondary level for
adults but also a wide variety of different post upper secondary vocational programmes.
Our members are of varying sizes, ranging from a few teachers, up to hundred employed teachers.
The project starts 1 of september 2019 and ends 31 of august 2021
Westum enables participation for small municipalities that doesn´t have the necessary conditions for
running an Erasmus + Project themself. The way we work as an regional consortium creates added
value for all participats and helps us enable our EDP together. The consortium has also proved to be
an important way for participants and organizations to become more active in internationalization.
Through its previous Erasmus + projects, Westum has built up a functioning working structure for this
consortium, which we are happy to share with others who run Erasmus +. It is based on
responsibility, roles, functions and structure that are important foundations for a well-functioning
The municipalities that participate in the consortium have all kinds of vocational education. The
common denominators are the goals that we agreed to cooperate on in this project. The individual’s
development is always in focus in student mobility. The goals we want to achieve is both on
individual, organisational and regional level. All goals will ultimately benefit the students.
The application has been formed based on five common areas of development and these are the
ones that penetrate all parts of the application.
In the consortium we have agreed on the following common development goals, our European
Goal 1 Digitalisation: There is a lot happening in the digital world now a days, which affects the
majority of professional areas and individuals. Several of our municipalities in the consortium are
located in sparsely populated municipalities and distance education and other technical solutions
promote development and increase the accessibility of education. In order to give our students the
best opportunities, we need to be able to maintain good service and high quality in the courses.
Goal 2.1 Strengthened social skills and employability: Our students require an awareness of different
pedagogical methods from our staff and a close cooperation with the labour market to enable
employability. In a financial boom like this, extra good support is required for those individuals who
have not yet received a job and who are studying. Many students have language difficulties,
motivational difficulties, but also other needs that require extra support. We also have YH-educations
(post upper secondary vocational education) that are highly specialized in a particular professional
field and which require a high level of professional knowledge from our students. Taking an
international perspective and achieving a high level of professional knowledge is important for both
employees and students.
Objective 2.2 Supervisor competence. We want to develop the collaboration between the
professional teacher, the traineeships tutor/ supervisor and the student in order to optimize the
learning of the student regarding knowledges, skills and competences. We want to know how others
work and what is new in the area and develop common regulations and frames within the consortium.
Goal 3 is to increase the attractiveness of the educational programmes which the labour market
needs. It is a dilemma that individuals ignore VET- education where there are great prospects for a
job. By offering internships abroad, strengthening the student and working for increased
internationalization, the education can attract more students.Goal 4 SFI (Swedish for immigrants) and a quick path to a job. Most of our participating
municipalities are looking for better working methods to be able to quickly get immigrant into working
life, but it goes too slowly. This includes the intership, validation and mixed study teoretical and
language with practice and intership.
Goal 5 Europe needs more receiving organizations in Sweden and we want to develop in this area.
We want to start a tow way cooperation with more of our international contacts, but we need
structure. We are quite new in this area, but after this project we have set rules and structure that
makes it easier to recive participants.