Title ARCO - KEY COMPETENCES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE NEET INCLUSION
Project Number UK/12/LLP-LdV/TOI-514
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text ARCO's main aim was to support the development of transferable skills in young people, particularly those from disadvantaged communities, and/or those who have been alienated by 'traditional' education. It transferred and adapted an approach to the development of Key Competences that was developed through artistic practice in the UK, sharing this practice with other European cultural learning organisations and tested the approach in 5 different countries: The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Cyprus.
Summary The project objective developed TRAINERS' key competences/transferable skills to address the needs of disaffected young people so that they were better able to maximise their potential in terms of social, cultural and economic inclusion. This was principally achieved by the transfer and adaptation of innovative education training materials and methods (specifically the Toolkit) developed by WacArts in the UK for the Arts, Cultural and Creative Sectors. The project met the aims and objectives within the original application in that it: (a) Tested the Transferable Skills Toolkit for Trainers in the participating countries taking into account the partner organisations' teaching methods, training needs of the personnel involved (managers, trainers, support workers) and the skills needs of Young People NEET. (b) Built the capacity of the participant organisations via the transfer of know-how, and the adaptation of the learning materials, to generate effective practices regarding organisational management, trainers' peer support, key competences training, and content development. (c) Embedded key competences through transferable skills into initial vocational related content and partner collaboration with local stakeholders. (d) Identified learning outcomes and results and disseminated these widely, particularly at sectoral level, to ensure the knowledge was cascaded down to other organisations.
The project was undertaken through a transnational collaboration between partners, each bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the fields of VET systems, curriculum development and innovation in training, delivery and assessment. All partners are working in contexts where the issue of Young People NEET are pressing and therefore were keen to participate in a programme to share imaginative and creative motivational solutions to alienation and exclusion. Practically, the project drew upon the knowledge and experience of the practitioners (TRAINERS - practicing artists who act as trainers and tutors utilising 'non-formal' learning practice with young people) to inform the development of the transfer.
The central benefit of Euro-Arco is the learning process resulting from this transfer of innovation experiment. By sharing an approach, adapting it and embedding it across the partner countries, the learning and lessons from the Comparative Analysis and Pilots have provided a richness of European level experience that no one country alone could provide.
The project provided timely opportunity for reflection and evaluation of the lead partner's pedagogy and practice allowing them to evaluate and plan for future work - an enriching experience for all. For Kunstbedrifif and MuLab, the impact of the challenging first pilot was that it informed the process of organization culture change, which now shapes how they work with young people NEET. Partners found that as a result of the Masterclasses, TRAINERS approached the pilot programmes with more planning, structure and awareness of how to embed Transferable Skills, which meant that the whole process was often a better experience for young people. Visible benefits were also gained by use of a diagnostic element, at recruitment and early stages of each pilot, the results of which were extremely important in defining the approach, course content, and the outcome for the young people involved.
The project over achieved the anticipated results and impact, as follows:
- 72 Young People participated in the two pilot programmes (exceeding the target of 45 young people).
- A unique Distance Travelled tool created captured impact of the pilots e.g. young people moving on to employment (15%) some continued in education or became involved in other training (55%), whilst 6% set up their own enterprise.
- Evidence of learner change and improvement via the Distance Travelled scores obtained from Pilot Two. The aggregated start and end scores show a 15% improvement by the end of the course, with some showing as much as a 23% improvement.
- The impact on partner organisations, trainers, and learners has been significant and is already led to improved organisational culture in terms of provision for Young People NEET.
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
transparency and certification
Product information Results included the development/adaptation of toolkit in 5 languages, development of 2 learning sets for 15 trainers, 2 workshops for 15 bilingual-trainers, 2 pilots with 72 young people and the design of a blue-print for social-economic inclusion of YP and to reduce the number of young people NEETs.