European Certificate in Intergenerational Learning

About the project

There is a growing recognition of the need for intergenerational approaches to vocational learning that explore the skill sets, attitudes and competences of different cohorts of learners. However, there has been no systemic attempt to date to develop a structured, accredited approach to ILLP, particularly for the professional delivering these programmes. As a result, the aim of the ECIL project was to pilot a collection of intergenerational life-long learning training approaches developed in the UK with a number of partners across Europe. Through this process the materials were tested for wider European relevance. Different delivery mechanisms were be tested and the materials redrafted into a distance learning package that is now ready be delivered throughout Europe.

This project was developed with the partners of the Beth Johnson Foundation in EMIL (European Map of Intergenerational Learning) and builds on the needs assessments that have led to 2012 being designated the European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity. The project was financed by the European Commission, program Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of innovations, Nr 2012-1-GB2-LEO05-08174.

About the ECIL course

The ECIL course introduces learners to the concepts of intergenerational practice and learning; discussing both the benefits and challenges associated with these concepts. Barriers to intergenerational practice and learning are presented along with a variety of tools and techniques to address these challenges. The course also explains the relevance of intergenerational practice and learning to a number of key policy areas, explain how they can applied in a variety of social issues and contexts and explore why these concepts are relevant in today’s society.

Upon completion of the course, learners will be equipped with a number of tools and techniques for facilitating intergenerational relationships, including how to tackle issues such as stereotypes and the different needs that can exist between the generations. The fundamental principles of planning, implementing and evaluating intergenerational practice and learning will also be introduced throughout the course. Learners address the content of the module through self-reflection tasks, discussions, directed reading and a range of self-study tasks.

If you are interested in learning more about the ECIL Course please contact Julie Melville, European Projects Manager, Beth Johnson Foundation.