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The BlueEDU ambition

The aims of BlueEDU, an Erasmus+ funded Aquaculture Sector Skills Alliance were recently re-confirmed by partners and are described to stakeholders below. The current investigative phase has been devised to research the aquaculture education and training needs in 12 European countries that cage farm fish. The results will be compiled by the end of December 2018 and […]

European aquaculture workforce development

Pisces LI are excited to be working with the University of Stirling – Institute of Aquaculture to deliver work packages for the recently confirmed BlueEDU Aquaculture Sector Skills Alliance following a successful bid under the Erasmus+ scheme this year. The article below is abstracted from a Fish Farmer Magazine feature published in the September 2016 edition. Martyn Haines […]

Supporting the Moldovan VET sector

In July 2016, Pisces LI have secured a 3 week staff development contract to be delivered in Moldova during October 2016 and look forward to assisting the Vocational Education and Training (VET) capacity building process, important to this country’s future prosperity. Moldova, a former member of the ‘Soviet Bloc’, sandwiched between the Ukraine and Romania, became an independent Republic in […]

Seeking good practice in VET design

Pisces LI were delighted to be informed by NARRIC, early in July 2016, that the Erasmus+ Strategic partnership bid, known by the acronym of ED2VET, had been selected for financial support by the UK Agency (Ecorys). NARRIC, the lead partner based in Cheltenham, will be teaming up with Pisces LI, Dimitra Education and Consulting Ltd., from […]

Scottish Aquaculture Tour 2016

Martyn Haines reports on the 2016 Norwegian Sortland School tour of Scottish Aquaculture Following the first Scottish Aquaculture tour in 2015 by the Sortland School from the far north of Norway, I was looking forward to the return trip that I’d been asked to organise for the same week in March, this year. We had been pretty lucky with the weather previously, […]

ECVET ‘Today and Tomorrow’

Martyn Haines reflects on the ECVET ‘Peer Learning Activity’ concluding in Malta in December 2015…. After the UK Erasmus+ National Agency for VET had decided to extend its team of ECVET experts, members new and old were asked to propose a programme of activities for 2015. A peer learning activity (PLA) was subsequently agreed, to explore […]

Scottish Aquaculture Tour 2015

 Scottish Aquaculture Tour 2015 :Sortland School in Norway – a report by Martyn Haines I was delighted to be asked by Rolf Magnar Johnsen and Orjan Magner Olsen from the Sortland School in northern Norway to organise a Scottish aquaculture tour for their party of 14 students. Their proposed dates in the first week of March worried me though, as more than likely […]

Employability qualification for Dumfries and Galloway

Pisces Learning Innovations Ltd recently won the contract to develop a ‘Customised Award’ in Employability and to establish the Dumfries and Galloway Council Employment Service as an SQA Centre. Drew Davidson and Martyn Haines of PLI are working with Phil Stewart and Lynn Burgess from the Dumfries and Galloway council to convert their Employability Skills framework into a […]

Erasmus+ mobility in aquaculture

An update on European mobility by Martyn Haines, Director of Pisces Learning Innovations Ltd. I have had the good fortune to have attended a series of conferences and events in Belgium, Malta, and Spain recently, representing the UK team of ECVET experts. As well as enjoying visits to wonderful cities such as Barcelona and Brussels for the first […]

UK ECVET team of experts

During June 2014, Martyn Haines, Director of Pisces LI, was appointed as a member of the UK ECVET team of experts for 2014/15. The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a technical framework to facilitate the transfer, recognition and accumulation of assessed learning outcomes with a view to achieving a qualification. […]