A high percentage of learners in IVET are disadvantaged and often lack the soft skills that would be taken for granted by a potential employer. A work-based learning abroad offers invaluable and challenging learning opportunity for disadvantaged vocational learners. A traineeship abroad for a young person faced with disadvantages, could prove to be a life changing learning opportunity, that can lift them up on a level field with their peers in a competitive labour market. A work-based learning mobility can offer young people not only vocation related competence, but can also significantly raise of their aspirations, confidence and motivation.
However, when it comes to host companies, the partners have identified a lack of capacity of their staff to offer high quality work-based learning for disadvantaged students. On the other hand, many of the companies and their staff lack understanding upon the EU vision with VET mobilities.
Furthermore, the standard documents already developed for VET mobilities do not meet the needs of disadvantaged students.
All of these challenges and needs are addressed by the project âQuality+â that aims at strengthening the quality of work-based learning of VET traineeships, in particular, undertaken by disadvantaged students enrolled in Initial Vocational Education and Training (IVET).
The project will produce three intellectual outputs that strengthen the quality of work-based learning mobilities and enhance their value towards the sending institutions, students, host companies, as well the donor. The intellectual outputs proposed are: 1) Project Management Standards; 2) Stakeholder Engagement Kit; 3) Online Resource Space.
The intellectual outputs will be developed based on 9 factors that create value in donor-funded projects and aim at tackling the gaps of the existing project management standards and tools developed for VET mobilities.
The project consortium is composed of seven partners all of which are involved with VET. Five of the partners are intermediary organisations, whereas two of them are also host organisations. The consortium encompasses a European Network of VET providers with 1500 members in 24 EU countries, as well as a national association of VET institutions of 140 members in Portugal.
The project capitalises on partners experience from a previous Strategic Partnership where they have developed project management standards for donor-funded projects in the youth sector.
INTER COLLEGE APS (Denmark)
InterCollege (UK) Ltd (UK)
InterBildung e.V. (Germany)
ASOCIATIA DE DEZVOLTARE A EUROPEI PRIN TINERI – ADEPT (Romania)
ASSOCIACAO NACIONAL DE ESCOLAS PROFISSIONAIS (ANESPO) (Portugal)
C4G – CONSULTING AND TRAINING NETWORK, LDA (Portugal)
EUROPEAN FORUM OF TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (Belgium)
Start: 01-09-2018 – End: 31-08-2020