Gerda van Petersen looks back on an inspiring INISLAS training

Gerda van Petersen looks back on an inspiring INISLAS training

It was such an honor taking part in the Fifede & Erasmus+ INislas Training.

The overall training was hosted by Fifede.

The Insular Canaria Foundation for Training, Employment and Business Development (Fifede) is an entity belonging to the Island Council of Tenerife that works with the objective of promoting  quality employment on the Island for this generation, improving the formation of the population, especially of the unemployed, and boosting business activity, both in the creation phase of companies and in the consolidation of projects.

Shortly put the aim of  Fifede is finding an appropriate instrument at the service of training, employability, and competitiveness, which acts in coordination with other administrations and becomes an effective means of fighting unemployment on the island of Tenerife.

The training INislas addressed issues such as orientation, activation, and motivation of young people to create initiatives and projects, as well as aspects to increase the participation of young people from these territories in the ‘Erasmus +’ program, an initiative of the European Commission that allows the mobility of young people.

Most of the training was held in the Youth Center (Centro Atlantico de la Juventud) where the youth can go for training/ activities and where these can be held for free.

The participants as a group learned about:

  • the difficulties the youth can/may face on each island.
  • The different organizations each island represented
  • Tools and methodologies these organizations use that we can learn from and use.

When most people hear “Erasmus”, they think of the university in Rotterdam. But Erasmus+ is so much bigger and not only for people on the university level. Erasmus+ caters to all levels of education and ages. Having this Erasmus+ training hosted by Fifede was very inspiring.

The government saw an issue within the youth unemployment rate and tackled this head-on by offering training in different courses so that they can develop themselves, but also support local businesses. The training was done in a nonformal learning setting where we could just be ourselves and learn in an interactive way. A part of this was experiencing the cultural heritage festivals of the island and the pride both young and old have for it. Learning some of the strategies of how to get the youth involved in the cultural heritage was truly inspiring. We also went on environmental excursions facilitated by a Tenerife entrepreneur who developed his own business after following courses from Fifede. These two organizations were very inspiring, motivating and overall an amazing learning experience.

The text was copied from USC and edited by G.M.v.P.

Author: Rianne

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