Funding program Lifelong learning programme, Leonardo Da Vinci Transfero of innovations
Project name Application of Apprenticeship in the Vocational Integration of the Socially Disadvantaged Youth
Acronym APPRENTSOD
Project number LLP-LdV-TOI-2013-LT-0125
Project coordinator Karalius Mindaugas vocational training centre, Lithuania
Project partners Vytautas Magnus university, Lithuania
Universität Bremen, Institut Technik und Bildung, Germany
Federazione Nazionale CNOS-FAP, Italy
University of Valencia, Spain
DEKRA Akademie GmbH, Germany
Fundacion Laboral del Metal, Spain
Project duration October, 2013 – October, 2015. 24 months
Project description Research data evidence, that socially disadvantaged young people in many European countries suffer from higher unemployment or low quality of jobs due to their social background related characteristics influencing their school performance, level of acquired skills and qualifications (Dietric and Kleinert 2005, Clark 2011). Global economic crisis and European economic decline even more worsened their situation and decreased chances of employment and social promotion. Transitions of the socially disadvantaged youth from school to work are strongly influenced by the existing social polarisation, when the social exclusion of the above mentioned youth groups significantly limits or deprives them from the further education and labour market related resources, that are necessary for their competition in the labour market (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2012).
The aim of the project is to develop the sets of instruments of vocational integration of disadvantaged youth based on the innovative solutions and approaches of apprenticeship training in the partners’ countries.
The main objectives of the project are:
1. Comparative research of the measures for vocational integration of socially disadvantaged youth in the partners’ countries.
2. Case studies of good practices of vocational integration of disadvantaged youth in the partners’ countries. This analysis will comprise the consideration of the sector context, as well as the ways of adaptation of education and training schemes and measures to the specific needs and capabilities of the disadvantaged young people.
3. Definition of the work processes, that are most suitable for vocational integration of socially disadvantaged young people. Referring to the case studies (and maybe during the execution of these case studies) project partners will select the sector (suggested sector- metalworking and machinery production) and through the analysis of the existing descriptors of occupations (standards, descriptors) and by interviewing experts of the sector will define the list of work processes that are the most suitable for vocational integration of socially disadvantaged young people in their countries.
4. Definition of the sets of competences that presents the key for vocational integration of disadvantages youth. Referring to the case studies project partners will interview young people, employers, teachers and trainers in order to define the sets of competences needed for the successful vocational integration of the disadvantaged young people. On the basis of these defined competences there will be developed corresponding experimental training modules.
5. Testing of developed modules or learning objectives leading to vocational integration of socially disadvantaged youth. The selected developed modules or learning objectives will be tested by organising short-term apprenticeship courses.
Project budget 346 512 EUR