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The GIG consortium consists of 8 complementary partners from Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy which operate in the field of vocational education & training or in education & regional employment policy making and execution. They all possess a regional and international cooperative orientation.

Meath County Council

Meath County Council (MCC) is a statutory body, tasked with delivering quality services to the communities of County Meath. With over 500 staff, MCC has been unrelenting in pursuing new ideas, policies, strategies and solutions in order to ensure improved efficiencies and cost savings are achieved. The Council operates the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) whose specific emphasis is job creation through enterprise. At both national and local level, the indigenous micro-enterprise and small business sector is central to economic recovery, job creation and the future development of the Irish economy.


Joe English: 

Rachel Hubble: 

WIN Consultants

WIN Consultants Ltd (WIN) is the primary micro-enterprise support provider in the east border region in Ireland providing a continuum of support for entrepreneurs, from guidance for those with a general interest in self-employment, through business planning support for business start-ups, to specialist mentoring for existing businesses at growth stage. Since 2001, the WIN team has assisted 2,380 entrepreneurs to develop businesses, employing 3,000 people and generating turnover of €140m p.a.


Conor Patterson: conor@winconsultants.i

Colin Hanna: 

Friesland College

Friesland College (FC) is a Regional Training Centre (ROC) for secondary vocational education (VET) and adult education. Every year about 10,000 students follow a course: 8,000 follow a VET course which lasts three to four years, and 2,000 follow short-term courses which can last from a few days to six months to one year. Staff: approximately 1000. FC is an open educational institution with respect for all religions and cultures in society. FC is involved with and listens to its students; has a passion for teaching and is innovative. Technological developments and the flexibilisation of the labour market are giving rise to new forms and initiatives with regard to work. More and more students are starting their own company or becoming freelancer. They want to prepare themselves for tomorrow's labour market. The Entrepreneurship College is an initiative of FC and focuses on connection, innovation and cooperation. Together with lecturers, partners and the business community, the Entrepreneurship College creates a challenging teaching/working environment for enterprising VET students.


Hanneke Trul:

Paula Bijvoets: P.Bijvoets@fcroc.n

Hendrik Jan Hoekstra: 

Learning Hub Friesland

Internationalisation is a crucial response to the demands to develop graduates who possess adequate skills, knowledge and attributes to engage and perform in a globalised and intercultural world. By learning international competences, students are better qualified for an increasingly global labour market. This does not only benefit students who want to go abroad. In their own country too, students will have to deal with contexts in which international knowledge and skills are needed. Learning Hub Friesland supports all activities that are aimed at bringing together schools, students and teachers with different views, cultures and educational systems in order to better understand and appreciate one another and enrich one’s own culture.


Concello de Vedra

The Municipality of Vedra is located in the Province of A Coruña (Galicia), to the south of Santiago de Compostela, in a rural area. The surface area of the Municipality is approximately 52 Km2, and it is divided into 12 districts in which 5,054 inhabitants live. the Municipality of Vedra is continuously promoting and implementing initiatives and programmes of activities specially designed for young people in order to provide information and advice on matters of their interest, to promote training activities through non-formal learning methods for their personal and professional development and to offer recreational and educational leisure alternatives.


Unión de Cooperativas Asociación Galega de Cooperativas Agrarias, AGACA – ES

AGACA is a co-operative umbrella organisation that serves and promotes commercial agri-food cooperative businesses and enterprise across multiple sections of the economy in Galicia -Northwestern region in Spain. AGACA develops training plans and actions aiming to increase co-ops' competitiveness and improving skills and competencies of their members.


Comune di Capannori – IT

The Municipality of Capannori, 46.542 inhabitants, extends in the plain of Lucca for 165.50 sq. Km. Capannori is an important area for agricultural activities, and over the last few years it has been heavily invested in an industrialisation process: there are active companies that operate in numerous sectors, from paper to footwear, from the food industry to textiles, from furniture to electromechanics. The Municipality of Capannori has implemented some important projects and initiatives on the theme of youth and work.


Formetica – IT

The Formetica Consortium is a training agency of the Industrial Association of Lucca and it has been operating in the training sector for the industries since 2002 with the aim of guaranteeing professional updating and specialisation of the personnel in charge of printing, circulation and marketing of paper as well as computer texts. The aim of the Consortium Formetica is the business of promotion, organisation and performance of professional orientation, training, updating and specialisation, research and development mainly in the industrial field as well as the printing, circulation and marketing of paper and computer texts.


Ariana Buti:

Debora Micheloni: :

Serena Picchi:

Francesca Pieroni:

Paolo Martelli:

Within the lifespan of the GIG project the participating regions in GIG will set up their own regional alliances. By discussing the implications of the gig economy in the regional alliances, GIG explores the effect the gig economy has on local economies. Not only will the regional alliances reflect on the negative implications (e.g. risk of exploitation, employee security) it will also concentre on the positives to local regions:

  • Can digitalisation and gig working enable (young) people to stay in their local regions and what is the effect on local economies?

  • Does the gig economy support highly skilled people to work from home and not necessarily having to move/commute to the big cities?

  • How can regions and policy makers optimally take advantage of the opportunities of these labour market dynamics, while protecting individuals against the risks?

Interested to get involved in the regional alliance in Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy or Spain?

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