Title Train the Trainer to Engage NEETs
Project Number UK/13/LLP-LdV/TOI-624
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text EnGage aimed to increase participation of NEET young people, particularly vulnerable subgroups of young disabled and immigrant, into VET by upskilling VET providers in effective engagement methodologies. It produced a multilingual, multicultural Train the Trainer toolkit for VET providers. That will aid the successful inclusion and retention of NEET young people, thereby providing sustainable pathways to the labour market. A secondary aim was to raise awareness of heterogeneity of the NEET population across member states so that adaptation can accommodate diversity of NEET profile.
While the low level of labour market participation of young people is not new, the scale it has reached in the current economic crisis is startling-particularly in relation to the disengagement of young people ‘not in employment, education or training’ (NEET). If it persists it will lead to long term unemployment, a growth in discouraged workers; and ultimately serious consequences for the economic & social wellbeing of a generation across Europe. A key response is to increase participation of NEET by upskilling VET providers in effective engagement methodologies.
The EnGage project is producing an innovative multilingual, multicultural European train the trainer toolkit which will support VET providers, tutors and organisations to successfully engage and retain NEET young people into VET, particularly, vulnerable subgroups of immigrant and disabled young people.
The specific project objectives include (1)assessing good practice in engagement methodologies by VET providers, collating an up to date analysis of the current needs of NEETs group, particularly immigrants & disabled young people; (2)transferring/adapting existing paper based train the trainer resource pack into a multimedia DVD and resource toolkit for VET providers (3)thoroughly pilot testing course. (4)exante and expost dissemination through stakeholder networks, high profile events, strong communication. Mapping of an EU wide accreditation route for EnGage will also maximise potential for mainstreaming.
We have presently completed the assessment of good practice in engagement methodologies of VET providers and collated an up to date analysis of the current needs of NEETs group, this is available here on ADAM and on our project website www.llpengage.eu
EnGage transfers the innovation enshrined in the existing NEET Engagement Practices course developed by UK based Springboard, for use with disadvantaged youth to a new target group (NEET young people, including immigrants and disabled young people), with a new delivery method (multimedia DVD) and new countries (Spain, Sweden, Italy and Poland.)
The project ended in September 2015, transferring existing materials from monocultural, monolingual to multilingual, multicultural European toolkit for use by VET providers to successfully engage and retain NEET young people. The transfer was geographical–exporting content from UK to 4 other countries and as such all materials were translated into Spanish, Italian, Polish and Swedish. We also had a second UK organization who will provide robust evaluation and quality management as well as expertise in designing training and accreditation frameworks and impact measurement frameworks.
The transfer was sectoral from post secondary non-tertiary education target at a level in UK education system to becoming applicable as educational support activities within Europe. The transfer was also technological & pedagogical, as special multimedia content will be developed to facilitate the more effective teaching of the EnGage. The original course was paper based and the technological transfer and adaptation to multimedia DVD and resource toolkit ensured accessibility by a greater range of learning styles as well as being more accessible to a wider audience within partner countries and across Europe, for a much longer period.
Lastly the transfer incorporated (1) young people not in education, employment or training, as well as identified vulnerable subgroups ie immigrants and disabled, as opposed to native unemployed youth, and (2) an increased range of innovative engagement methodologies as identified through the training needs analysis and good practice research (3) recognised variations & commonalities across members states in the NEETs profile and supports transfer of innovative practices that will be relevant to a range of member states who share NEET profile of a partner country.
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
Information and Communication
material for open learning
program or curricula
Product information As a result of the project, VET organizations now had a methodology and resource pack for use with NEET young people which successfully engages them into a sustainable pathway to employment. In the longer term, through increased skills, adaptability and insertion into higher quality jobs, NEET young people will have more opportunities to fulfil their potential in the labour market and benefit from mainstream training, as well as greater personal growth and social integration. Secondly, through links to practitioners in VET and voluntary organizations as well as policy makers throughout the project, these sectors will be more attuned to the changing needs of this group and better equipped to provide innovative engagement methodologies.