Business in the EU is currently governed by a series of factors: the generalised globalisation of the economy and of culture, the delocalisation of production, the need to find and develop new markets, the need to compete on a worldwide scale and, finally, an ageing population.
As a result, we continue to observe the emergence of new vocations within a multicultural workplace context resulting from increased migration. Workers are therefore more likely to face challenging intercultural situations, either abroad or in their own country with colleagues of other nationalities. Soft skills are consequently essential for a successful work mobility experience and future inclusion in the labour market. A suitable training solution featuring intercultural skills is therefore required for young people in the labour market undertaking a work placement abroad.
M.A.S.T.E.R. Mob cater to this requirement by offering multimedia training resources appropriate to the target group, with a clear focus on soft skills and on changing people’s behaviour within a working environment.

M.A.S.T.E.R Mob is made up of 7 partner, working in various European countries in the training and European mobility sphere. The consortium was born out of a need to address intercultural issues during the pre-departure phase of their mobility programmes.
A common interest was to improve intercultural skills specially in the workplace in order to reduce the difficulties encountered : by better preparing mobility trainees for professional situations in other European Member State using the M.A.S.T.E.R Mob training solution aim to facilitate mobility and increase quality.

Cap Ulysse: Bordeaux- France - Elisabeth Silva

The M.A.S.T.E.R Mob project is a continuation of Cap Ulysse's work in European mobility since 2007, they have been involved in Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci programmes for several years and, as a hosting organisation, they receive up to 200 participants each year.

Universite de Poitiers Laboratoire TECHNE: Poitiers- France - Jean-Francois Cerisier

TECHNE is a research laboratory based in University de Poitiers that studies digital educational resources and services, principally through the prism of usage analysis. The Media Engineering for Education department (IME) associated with TECHNE coordinates the Euromime Master in the framework of the European Erasmus Mundus Program. Every year, the laboratory welcomes worldwide students to the laboratory in order to contribute to ongoing national and international research projects. Their experience working with Serious Games are particularly valuable to the M.A.S.T.E.R Mob project.

Cesfor: Roma- Italy - Ernesto Russo

Cesfor (CEntro Studi Formazione ORientamento) based in Rome, is a non-profit organisation that focuses on education, training, guidance, counselling and mobility for young people and adults. Cesfor promotes training activities for the unemployed, adults, young people and disadvantaged people aimed at the improvement of competences, knowledge and skills. They participated of the M.A.S.T.E.R Mob project to elaborate effective tools to improve their pre-departure training for mobility.

Accademia Europea di Firenze: Florence- Italy - Silvia Volpi

Accademia Europea di Firenze is a non-profit organisation based in Florence in 1992 to promote the European dimension of learning for an employment policy. They have considerable experience in the field of vocational training and mobility with other projects like “T-Tactic@school”, focused on mobility training in schools. By participating in this project the want to improve the pre- departure vocational training that they offer to their mobility trainees.

Centro Europeu de Linguas: Lisbon- Portugal - John Walker

Centro Europeu de Linguas is a language training organisation in Portugal committed to innovation and learning. They have operated mobility projects as both a sending and receiving organisation for many years. CEL strongly believes that it is necessary to continually update methodologies and approaches to mobility training. Similarly, they consider pre-departure training of great importance, and hope that M.A.S.T.E.R Mob will successfully help to improve the intercultural skills of participants.

Gecko - Pat Cross

Gecko Programmes are leading specialists in project management, skills and workforce development across the UK and internationally. Gecko Programmes is an active promoter of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme and delivers a number of projects.
They send and receive mobility trainees to and from Spain, Italy, Portugal and Malta and work with creative, cultural and media industries in central England, focusing on developing skills of employees and work with jobseekers and disadvantaged groups at risk of anti-social behaviour. Michael (the programme manager at Gecko) is passionate about Serious Games and will be heavily involved in the project.

Incoma: Seville- Spain - Juan Guerrero

INCOMA is a training centre with a large experience in the development and coordination of European projects within the framework of the LLP. With 10 years’ experience working as a training agency, INCOMA works primarily in the development of mobility projects, research and transfer and exchange of best practices. INCOMA acts as both a receiving and sending organisation for over 350 people participating in training programmes abroad each year. They have several projects that they wish to link with M.A.S.T.E.R Mob, which will help them provide a better service.