How long does the BECC programme last? How long will I need to be away from work?
The BECC programme includes 3 compulsory activities:
- The kick-off seminar is 3 days (for this session, 19-23 March 2019), and you'll need to add 1 or 2 days for travel.
- The staff exchange is a minimum of 7 days, and will need to happen before the end of August 2019.
- You'll need at least 2 hours to write your final report.
So all in all, plan to be away from your mother organisation for about 12 days.
Keep in mind, though, that BECC is a self-designable process. Participants can choose to pursue certain learning paths or research areas over a longer period of time, according to their needs and time capacity. The BECC trainers and the ENCC staff will be available to support them.
What's in it for me?
Beyond the core training, based on cultural management, soft skills and professional self-development (with a special focus this year on local cooperation networks), one of BECC's specificities is bringing together many diverse profiles. Training with cultural managers, communication officers, programmers, youth workers and others will give you a different perspective on your daily work. And beyond the obvious benefit of making professional contacts, many participants forge friendships that last well after the programme.
You'll come out of the training and exchange with fresh ideas, new perspectives, new contacts for cooperation and new ideas for programmes. The hosting part of the staff exchange can also be very interesting for your mother organisation, as it will benefit from an "outside eye" on its activities.
And you will be regularly informed of and invited to future activities organised by the ENCC.
My organisation is not an ENCC member, may I apply anyway? Are the terms of participation the same as for ENCC members?
Yes and yes.
I do not work in a cultural centre, but in another cultural organisation. May I apply anyway?
Yes. In the selection process, we'll be especially attentive to applications from cultural centres' staff, but we want to hear from all motivated candidates. The goal is to select the most diverse and balanced pool of participants possible.
I am not living/working in a EU member state, or I am not a EU member state citizen, is that OK?
You may also apply if your organisation is located in a country neighbouring the EU. However, depending on your location, costs for your exchange travel may go over the ENCC travel grant (see below). In that case your organization should be ready to partly finance your exchange. If you're hesitating about whether to apply, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will Brexit have any incidence on my ability to apply/participate in the programme?
No. Candidates from the UK are welcome to apply.
Will the BECC programme cover all the costs of my exchange?
The ENCC covers the costs of travel/accommodation/meals and training for the kick-off seminar. We contribute to each participant's exchange with an 800€ grant. If the costs of your exchange go over this amount, the sending organization takes responsibility for the difference.
Does BECC accept more than one candidate per organisation?
We accept all applications, but will only select one person per organisation, to give different organisations the opportunity to benefit from the programme and to create as diverse a group as possible.
How can I apply?
Read our call for applications here. Apply here.