Title Safe Arrival Project (Reducing Dropout of Young People in Vocational Education and Training)
Project Number UK/13/LLP-LdV/TOI-661
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text Did you know that the dropout rate from VET in Europe is 14%? Dropping out from education leads to unemployment or working in low paid jobs. We believe in prevention!
Summary The project is called the Safe Arrival Project (SAP) because we wanted all young people to safely arrive in employment or training from iVET. The screening tool was designed to predict which young people are at greater risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training) and drop out. The tool and methodology being transferred has been developed on a locality basis as evidence showed this to be a contributing factor. This approach helped to inform the reduction of dropout in iVET in partner countries and the UK and secondly it reduced NEET come the young person’s transition from education. The impact of becoming of drop out and resultant NEET is well known: having limited qualifications; more likely to be teenage parent; higher risk of poor mental and general health; more drug use; more likely to commit crime; more likely to have poor health; less life expectancy. In 2011, 13.5% of 18-24 year-olds in the EU were early leavers from education and training. Around 55% of these young adults did not have a job. The SAP was led by SMBC and involved Zlinsky kraj from the Czech Republic, GTI from Ireland, PHF from Hungary Foundation embracing the Roma Education Fund and a partner from Spain XABEC Professional Training Centre. Three of the partners have identified dropout and NEET as the major issue faced by their staff. For example in Ireland 70% of early leavers enter unemployment. Of the others PHF has identified dropout and NEET as a significant issue amongst the Roma population, overall in Hungary 70% of youth faced unemployment whilst the Spanish partner has the third highest rate of early leavers in the EU. The SAP screening tool was introduced through 2 pilots. Firstly, SMBC shared learning to create the partners own localised SAP tool. Secondly, new learning made in each partner country was implemented into the UK. This allowed for partnership working to develop the tool further and share good practice.
The Workplan of the SAP Project was based upon 7 Work Packages with a nominated lead partner. Each partner participated in every Work Package. There were 5 Work Packages that went across the lifespan of the project: Management and Coordination, Transferability and Adaptability, Dissemination and Valorisation, ICT and Quality Assurance, whilst Pilots 1 and 2 were more time constrained.
The consortium has established a communications platform under the Work Package 1 which aimed to ensure maximum engagement of all transnational partners to fully participate and fulfil the project aims, maintain effective communications and regular responses to meet project requirement. For this purpose the Google Drive Platform has been created. This enabled partners to share information, documents and other materials without additional costs. Partners have been trained in working with the platform during the first conference. Work Package 2 ensured the SAP tool methodology and materials including case studies were fit for transfer. SMBC has equipped and empowered partners to be able to roll out the SAP tool in their own countries. On the SAP Empowerment Activity in November 2013 partners were trained in the SAP tool. Partners have got a customized learning guide containing case studies, previous research, action plan and publications. At the beginning of 2014 each partner realized a research to identify risk factors in its region/school. For this purpose the partners targeted various iVET providers. SMBC worked with 5 institutions and Zlinsky kraj involved 6 vocational schools. Partners Hungary Foundation cooperated with vocational schools with high Roma population and GTI and Xabec targeted sectors within their own institutions. In the Work Package 3 the Pilot of the tool commenced. This was led by the Hungarian partner who has a strong track record in interagency work. They led and hosted a conference in April 2014. List of risk factors for each country has been created and partners were trained in interventions on the conference. Work Package 4 was led by the Spanish partner who are skilled in work with vocational students and looked at interventions at a local level that can be implemented. Work Package 5 was by the Czech Rep. partner. The aim of this package was to promote the programme and project's outcomes/products as they occur. Promotional Flyer has been created and disseminated within Work Package 5 to promote the work of the SAP tool. Since September 2015 a Booklet with results of the project and plans for the future has been available. The Booklet will be used for exploitation and promotion of our work.
Work Package 6 was led by the Irish partner who has strong ICT experience. GTI has designed the SAP website in cooperation with other partners. It contains materials, documents, case studies and work package outputs. E-learning programme with certification is available on website. This accredited on-line programme will help to disseminate the SAP tool to many potential new users.
Work Package 7 led by the coordinator ensured that transparent and stringent quality assurance, and evaluation improvement procedures were in place to support the management and content functions of the project. The project had a strong focus on internal and external evaluation.
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Information and Communication
The project has developed various products to optimise dissemination and valorisation. This included:
A short guide for the use of google drives in order to access the communication platform for distribution of information.
Customised partner learning guide/toolkit for the development of a SAP tool.
SAP website developed as a multifaceted tool to cover all aspects of the project. This includes a toolkit for the development of SAP locally, case studies, links to useful sites, glossary of terms, online research, social network, blogs and chat forums.
Booklet to provide exploitation and promotion of the project and its results within all partner languages.
The use of social media networks/YouTube footage to promote and document successful interventions produced to help others introduce the tool.
E-learning programme with accreditation to aid sustainability.
Promotional flyer for promotion during the project and press releases.