The Innovation Ecosystems for Vocational Education and Training (InEcVET) project brings together a diverse range of partner organisations from around Europe. The consortium comprises 8 full implementing partners and 2 specialist support partners. Partners have been selected in pairs with 2 organisations from Ireland, Cyprus, Portugal and Romania who will work in teams to develop the proposed innovation ecosystem with support from a specialist technical partner from Finland and a specialist media production partner from Ireland. The project will run for a period of 24 months beginning in November 2015. InEcVET is funded under the Forward Looking Cooperation Projects measure of the Erasmus+ Programme.
A brief introduction to each of the 10 project partners is presented below.
Meath Community Rural and Social Development Partnership Limited
Meath Community Rural and Social Development Partnership Limited (MCRSDP) is the county-wide community organisation responsible for the design and implementation of local, rural and community development programmes in Meath. MCRSDP specialise in building the capacity of communities through the delivery of a range of services and initiatives tackling persistent incidence of exclusion and disadvantage. It plays a strategic role in the economic development of the region and has established a range of local business networks which have as their aim to foster growth in the SME business community locally, with a specific focus on SMEs operating in the food production, agri-business, tourism and hospitality and green technology sectors. MCRSDP run a nationally recognised and accredited training center under the QQI system in Ireland for the provision of specialized VET courses and programmes. Its remit is specifically focused on designing, developing and delivering niche training programmes that are currently not provided by the mainstream VET organisations. MCRSDP is a not-for-profit organisation employing 25 full-time staff.