Share IT Academically backed up qualifications, training and modules for further education in literacy and basic skills provision have been developed and tested over the past years in EU countries. Inspire, SVEB, and Glasgow Clyde College were all actively involved in developing, planning or delivering training. It can be considered a fact that mutual support, exchange, and feedback amongst professionals working in the field of social, educational or counselling services is a prerequisite for qualitative processes and results. Know-how can be acquired in formal education but skills and competences mainly have to be developed on the job. Methods of informal, co-operative professionalization are common in many areas of AE but have not yet been applied satisfactorily with basic skills providers.


Successfully introducing methods of informal professional exchange into the system of basic skills provision in Europe asks for innovative methodologies and tools:


  • Involving trainers and stakeholders directly in the needs analysis and collection of good practices by way of focus groups.
  • Engaging them in co-development workshops to make sure that products are developed according to the needs of the final users.
  • Developing a virtual networking platform for trainers and introducing basic skills trainers to Social Media and the use of Web 2.0 tools to facilitate successful and cost-effective exchange.
  • Supporting the adaptation of existing formal qualifications for basic skills trainers and creating demand through informal methods, where trainers are likely to find out what know-how and skills they might still be lacking to successfully deal with learners` needs.
  • Taking into account the needs of learners, trainers and developers of formal trainings alike regarding the quality of basic skills programmes.
  • Transferring valuable know-how on the provision of basic skills programmes from the perspective of trainers
  • Helping those travelling to build on their own key resources.
  • Supporting the development of new VLE in partner countries such as the UK and Poland. These new methodologies help with innovation and within the current economic climate the partnership is very interested in more efficient delivery techniques.


The partners in ShareIT aim to:


  1. Collect test, and evaluate effective methods for professional exchange and informal learning such as peer consulting, peer group supervision, job-shadowing, feedback techniques, etc., and transferring them into the context of basic skills provision.
  2. Initiate and implement transnational professional exchange of trainers and pedagogic personnel in basic skills by means of innovative approaches and tools in the field.
  3. Facilitate the transfer of know-how on didactics and methodology acquired through formal training into practice.
  4. Enhance practical skills of trainers in literacy and basic skills regarding Social Media and the use of Web 2.0 tools to facilitate effective virtual exchange.
  5. Disseminate and exploit products developed and tested to attract further European countries, further organisations and trainers to join the network and seek professional exchange.
We would like to recognise success over the lifetime of the project in a way that the quality of programmes/courses increases with providers recognizing that more learners attend courses because of better quality of provision. Additionally we hope to improve teachers’ and learners’ competences of personal development. Through improved quality techniques and procedures this will also assist with the improvement of teachers’ and learners’ abilities of social integration; strengthen people’s active European citizenship; encourage teacher and learner mobility; improve abilities in foreign language usage; improve communication skills; improve social and civil competence.

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