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Partners
FIT

Fast Track Into Information Technology Limited is a registered charity funded by the ICT industry and government. Mission: the progression of people within disadvantaged communities and their integration into society through access to training in ICT. It builds collaboration between industry, government, the education sector, develops curricula, assessment & selection procedures, and access & training programmes; makes agreements with national and local education/training providers to run FIT courses. FIT focuses on cooperation with different VET organizations to enhance the capacity of teachers and to organise a learning environment in VET colleges which allows for wider adoption of ICT technologies and improvement in teacher's CPD. FIT has highly expert personnel with wide ranging experience in EU project management, research, leading edge ICTs/Web 2.0/3.0, pedagogy, quality systems, development of innovative training programmes, socio-economics & policy. The FIT Board: includes senior figures from the ICT industry (e.g. AOL, Dell, IBM,etc).

CDVEC

City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee
takes responsibility on behalf of its College Principals for an extensive range of Projects funded by the Lifelong Learning Programmes. These projects are implemented and managed by the various centres in the Scheme that includes Schools, Colleges of Further Education, Youthreach Centres, Curriculum Development Unit and the Prison Service. CDVEC is the largest Vocational Education Committee in the Republic of Ireland. While spatially its administrative are is limited by the city boundary, its ambit extends nationally. It delivers a broad range of educational courses and provides a wide variety of complementary and supplementary services to over 12,000 full time students and 17,500 part-time adult students. It employs over 3,800 staff and its annual expenditure of 150 Million Euro indicates the extent of its activities.

FOR.COM.

Consorzio FOR.COM. is an interuniversity consortium based in Rome with offices in Northern and Southern Italy. FOR.COM develops and delivers Open Distance Learning courses at different levels (post-graduate programmes, specialization courses and continuous vocational training courses), utilising the educ@mpus e-learning platform and managing online tutoring activities in order to promote collaborative learning among remote users. Consorzio FOR.COM. has extensive experience in the development, implementation and trail of the following distance learning tools and software: E-learning platforms (including the trail of open source platforms), M-learning portals, TV-learning platforms, Integrated systems, Interactive and multimedia learning objects and Pedagogical agents.
FOR.COM has participated in various European Projects focusing on training and research with the designated role as applicant and partner.

Koning Willem I College

Koning Willem I College is a medium sized regional centre for vocational training and education, where high-quality technology and purposeful creativity form the basis for trailblazing learning processes. The college deploys centralized expert teams for innovation of learning processes, e.g. task force implementing an LMS.
The college has experience of several learning management systems and is now moving to a next level. Koning Willem I College is a member of European Federation for Open and Digital Learning.

City College Norwich

City College Norwich is a large, predominantly vocational, college of Higher and Further education with around 14,000 to 16,000 students per annum, 1600 of these studying at higher levels.It has three National Skills Academies – Finance, Manufacturing and Creative and Cultural Skills – and has three Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) in Hospitality, Accountancy and Computing. In 2008, the college achieved the LSC’s Training Quality Standard (TQS) awarded for excellence in working with employers and also received a National Training Award for its work with Lotus Cars plc. It also received the Association of Colleges (AoC) Award for Widening Participation for our work with students with Aspergers and in 2009 the AoC’s President’s Award for the same area of work. The college also leads on e-learning in a variety of domains: its use of Blackboard as its VLE; its use of virtual worlds such as Second Life; its use of mobile devices (PDAs) in the support of teaching and learning.