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TRACE -TRaining for Activation, Capability and Empowerment

Activation, capability and empowerment: intervention model for training defined through social and institutional dialogue at multilateral level Il progetto

The TRACE project approved within the Lifelong learning Programme 2007-2013, Sectorial programme LEONARDO DA VINCI 2010 - Multilateral Partnership Action (1 agosto 2010 – 31 luglio 2012) is aimed at creating an European network (multilateral partnership) between institutional actors and economic and social parts with the common goal of defining and activating innovative processes for training policies being able to respond to the current economic and employment crisis. The partnership is aimed at tackling the issue of vocational education and training, with particular focus to the lifelong one, from an innovative perspective, fostering the activation of a permanent discussion and of a negotiation forum for the analysis and the exchange of experiences, following the peer reviewing principle. The objective is the definition of a common intervention model within the framework of the reform processes of the labour and training policies. This model will be devoted to the implementation of new and shared strategies and instruments to increase the accessibility and the interest towards training tools. At the same time, it will be oriented to rehabilitate the instrumental concept of the conditionality of training actions in a general design of strengthening workers’ activation and capability. In this context, testing of a new learning and action-taking methodology, together with a shared process of deepening knowledge and learning by all the partners involved, is crucial. The project aims therefore, instrumentally, to identify effective training tools, promote pilot experiences, evaluate outputs as well as disseminate them at European level. MISSION

The ultimate goal of this project is to implement appropriate and rational development models of training and employment policies, aimed not only at increasing job opportunities but also at facilitating the workers’ activation in seeking training and work in the new worldwide context of knowledge society. This principle had already been set an objective by the Lisbon Strategy.

To do so, both institutional actors and economic and social parts level is necessary to:

  1. create a full awareness of the activation objective;
  2. gain knowledge of the existing best practices at European level regardless of the national political differences, with a view of the current European social model.

More specifically, the specific objectives may be described as follows:

  1. sharing of a model which considers training interventions as instrumental in pursuing new life-long-learning perspectives in order to guarantee permanent employability, full citizenship, self-generating activation, multi-generating capability;
  2. in this framework, rehabilitation of the concept of conditionality of the training actions;
  3. creation of the model through permanent dialogue and consultations at European level;
  4. creation of a European network made by the public institutions and all economic and social parts involved;
  5. promotion and dissemination of the outcomes, both in terms of methodologies and instruments used


  • Agenzia del Lavoro della Provincia autonoma di Trento - coordinatore
  • Employment Service Agency of the Autonomous Province of Trento) (I)
  • Employment Region Copenhagen & Zealand, The Danish National Labour Market Authority, Ministry of Employment (DK),
  • Manchester Enterprises Ltd – T/A Commission for the New Economy (UK);
  • Servicio Pùblico de Empleo de Castilla – La Mancha (SEPECAM) (ES),
  • Association Travail Emploi Europe Societé (F),
  • Direcçao Regional de Qualificaçao Profissional (PT),
  • ESF – Agentschap Vlaanderen (BE)


Seventh meeting: Trento 10 July, 2012

Final CONFERENCE Trace LLP Project: Trento 11 July, 2012

Sixth meeting Copenaghen: April 19-20, 2012

Fifth meeting: Madeira (PT) February 28-29, 2012

Fourth meeting: MANCHESTER November 8 - 9, 2011

Third meeting: BRUSSELS July 5-6, 2011

Second meeting: PARIS March 29 - 30, 2011

The date of the TRACE kick off meeting: Trento, January 17th -18th 2011

Final publication TrACE Final publication TrACE

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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