17 November 2021 – Administrative compliance and eligibility check of project applications submitted within the Calls for proposals for co-financing of projects under the programme Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeship and Youth Entrepreneurship and the programme Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation is in its final phase.
In accordance with both Calls for proposals and the Application Pack in certain cases the applicants are invited to provide additional/missing information in accordance with the administrative compliance and eligibility criteria. The Programme Operator will be sending these invitations soon. The applicants are invited to regularly check the mailbox in the electronic monitoring system eMS for new content.
4 November 2021 – The pre-defined project Blended learning in vocational education and training (acronym: BlendVET), which is supported by the EEA Grants under the programme Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeship and Youth Entrepreneurship, kicked off this November. The project is worth a total of EUR 1,607,844 and is implemented by the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training as Project Promoter and 10 other project partners. The project will last 30 months and will be completed by 30 April 2024.
The pre-defined project was proposed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, previously confirmed by the Donor States in September and included in Annex II of the Programme Agreement for the financing of the Programme Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeship and Youth Entrepreneurship. The pre-defined project was positively appraised by the Programme Operator in October and was kicked off on 1 November 2021. Six Slovenian, three Norwegian and two Icelandic institutions cooperate in the pre-defined project, all from the field of education.
The main objective of the project is to establish conditions at the project partner schools that foster the use of digital technologies for teaching and learning in the vocational education and training (VET) system. Specific objectives of the pre-defined project are to develop and implement school strategies for an effective implementation of blended learning, provide support to VET teachers in planning and implementing blended learning and develop VET teachers’ digital competences to create and use e-learning solutions.
In addition, the pre-defined project fosters cooperation between the Donor States and Slovenia, empowering students by including them in the development of digital learning materials, and creates online communities of headmasters, VET teachers and ICT professionals for joint development, mutual learning and exchange of experiences.
4 October 2021 – With the project Decent work for all, the Employment Service of Slovenia and project partners the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia, IRDO Institute and the Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration (NAV Norge) seek to raise awareness of decent work among professional and general public and labour market stakeholders. To support the employment of the long-term unemployed, they have prepared the first Duo day in Slovenia, which will take place on 7 and 8 October 2021.
The objectives of the project Decent work for all are to train public workers and employers to ensure decent working conditions, strengthen cooperation between the social partners involved, stakeholders and other project participants, introduce and implement the Duo day concept and improve awareness of decent work among the general public.
In order to achieve the goals, the following activities are carried out within the project:
– transfer and application of knowledge and good practice from Norway;
– preparation of the Duo day;
– preparation of content and implementation of training on decent work;
– production of promotional material and products to raise awareness of decent work in Slovenia;
– organisation of decent work training for 250 public workers and 250 employers;
– organisation of a conference to raise awareness of decent work;
– planning and conducting media campaigns to promote decent work in Slovenia.
The Duo day is a day spent by an unemployed person as a duplicate of an employee on the job she/he wants to have or in the company where she/he wants to be employed. The unemployed person monitors the course of work in the company, learns about the requirements of the job and thus checks the adequacy of their ideas about the desired job.
The project Decent work for all is implemented between 1 March 2020 and 31 August 2022 under the Social Dialogue – Decent Work programme operated by Innovation Norway and supported by the Norway Grants.
22–23 September 2021 – Financial Mechanism Office organized a two-day online communication workshop for National Focal Points and Embassies.
Participants got acquainted with examples of good practice in communication activities in Lithuania, Greece, Latvia and Estonia and presentation of the autumn communication campaign organized by the Financial Mechanism Office. The participants also exchanged ideas on how National Focal Points and Embassies can contribute to even greater campaign success.