Our partnership includes organisations who have a broadness and depth of experience  necessary to ensure the toolkit will be credible and will be used long after the project lifespan. The distribution of tasks reflects partner capacities and skills, building upon our diverse mix of geographical and sectoral backgrounds and the different contexts of our work with educators and trainers in the adult VET environment.

DiversityWorks, UK

DiversityWorks has supported the positive development of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups through building capacity and mutual understanding. Espousing a person centred ethos, DiversityWorks believes in a two way learning process with the learner actively engaged and owning their development and achievement. The organisation has designed and developed bespoke non accredited and accredited courses in a variety of sectoral areas and has high levels of expertise in training design targeted at assisting vulnerable groups within the labour market and social inclusion arenas.

Diversity Works will lead the partnership and assume responsibility for Project Management and Materials Development.

The School of Economics, Law and Medical Sciences (WSEPiNM), Poland

The School of Economics, Law and medical Sciences (WSEPiNM) in Kielce is a private (non-profit) university founded in 1997 by the Kielce Association for Economic Education. At present, ca. 5000 students from Poland, Spain, Ukraine, Georgia and other European countries are educated at the school on B.A., B.Sc. and M.A. level, within 14 specializations.

For several years the university has been involved in Lifelong Learning activities, some directed specifically to the elderly. There is a special department devoted to Lifelong Learning, and hundreds of elderly people participate in lectures and seminars every year. Since these are the most active members of this age group, we are sure that many of them will be thrilled by a possibility of participating in a project like “Silver Sidekicks”.

WSEPiNM will lead the Training Needs Analysis work package.

CTIC Foundation (CTIC), Spain

CTIC’s mission is to act as a motor and transformative agent in the field of ICT and its applications, promoting technological innovation, cultivating the development of talent and attracting financial resources.

The main objective of CTIC Technology Centre is to improve business competitiveness through technological research and innovation. This centre shares with CTIC Information Society the same commitment to the region through technological development and innovation and an interest in contributing to the construction of an inclusive knowledge society for both companies and citizens.

CTIC will co-ordinate the Technical Realisation work package.

Folkuniversitetet Kursverksamheten vid Lunds Universitetet (FOLK), Sweden


Folkuniversitetet is an adult educational association that offers a wide range of adult education all over Sweden. It is an association of five foundations: the university extensions attached to the Universities of Stockholm, Uppsala, Göteborg, Lund and UmeåIt and has a broad open educational program in a variety of subjects; it also runs upper secondary schools, schools in higher vocational education, courses for seniors and training, labour market education and further education and training for working life.

Folkuniversitetet is an independent, nonprofit provider whose core values include international cooperation, pedagogic development, democracy and person-centred training. They have made a significant contribution to Swedish adult education, for example through evening schools, language centers, Swedish for immigrants, ICT-based education.

FOLK will co-ordinate the projects Pilot Testing phase.

TIME Associates, UK

TIME is a small vibrant management consultancy with a passion for excellence and a focus on creating an impact, driving positive and tangible change and assisting people to harness resources to secure improved performance.

Their work is based on best practice research and they provide customised learning solutions that accommodate learning preferences, personal objectives and goals and desired impact. Their purpose is to develop people at all levels, to optimise personal performance and create value for society.

TIME have managed and delivered a number of training programmes specifically targeted at older people and are fully conversant in addressing the barriers to learning typically experienced by this target group.

TIME will lead the Quality Assurance and Evaluation work package.

Centre for Training and Consultancy of the Italian Chambers of Commerce (IFOA), Italy

IFOA was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit Institute, delivering services of public interest. Since 1999 IFOA is appointed as a national VET centre, with 10 sites all over Italy and a total of about 180 employees.

IFOA delivers both traditional and ODL post-diploma and post-graduate training for young unemployed, as well as lifelong training for professionals, practitioners and individuals, and consulting services and technical assistance for citizens, enterprises and public administrations. Since 1993 I.F.O.A. has been working with a strong transnational vocation, in synergy with the strategies of the EU and its Member States.

IFOA will co-ordinate the project Dissemination and Exploitation work packages.