Title Ivet-Venture: A participative approach to strengthen key competences of trainees
Project Number DE/13/LLP-LdV/TOI/147628
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text “iVet-Venture” provides for an adventure that matters, in a place that matters. „iVet-Venture“ is a chance for trainees to step outside their comfort zone, to develop their confidence and resilience and to take one more step into the wider world of their futures. Trainees are learning in active ways beyond the classroom dealing with real life issues. The project highlights the unique way adolescents think and learn, and the effectiveness of a trainee-directed and problem-solving approach to acquiring key competences.
The IVET-VENTURE handbook is a toolkit for teachers and professional educators to promote the development of key competences of students and young adults. Through activity-oriented learning it aims at strengthening their learning-to-learn skills, social competences as well as civic competences.
The handbook at hand offers detailed instructions how to plan and implement IVET VENTURE real live experience seminars. The material is suitable for seminars with students and adults of all ages in urban areas. It offers guidance for the preparation, supervision and wrap-up of outdoor activities. Chapter 1 gives a short introduction of the situation of young people and pinpoints the role of key competences in education. Chapter 2 introduces the activity-oriented City Bound approach and illustrates the potential for learning. Chapter 3 describes the transfer of City Bound to the field of IVET. The personal and logistical preconditions trainers should consider are summarized in Chapter 4. In Chapter 5 you find plenty of activities ready for integrating them into your IVET VENTURE seminar. The authors included detailed descriptions and also shared their practical experiences with the activities. Useful information for the phases of reflection accompanying the activities are offered in Chapter 6. Country specific online modules will supplement this handbook.
City Bound employs urban resources in an innovative way. By means of the project, the approach has been expanded didactically. IVET-Venture is more than just transfer of knowledge. It leaves ordinary study and working spaces behind and motivates students to design their surroundings actively. All actions require the participants to act actively, interactively and communicatively in order to succeed. Each action is followed by an intensive reflection phase, where the experiences are envisioned and transferred to the everyday life.
IVET-Venture promotes crucial key competences:
Tasks as the “City Research” can support the study competence. Instead of the monotonous collection of data, the city research emphasizes the contextualisation of the environment in a motivated and curious way. An example is the task to create a city guide that focuses on the needs of trainees. Here, the participants have to collect information, identify possible information sources and have to deal with several difficulties. Due to the time pressure, the participants practise to work efficiently. Eventually, the participants will gather positive learning experiences, which are the precondition for successful lifelong learning.
The task enacting reality promotes social competences. In this project the group has to create a new reality for other people. To do so, the participants have to design a scenario and convince the public from its authenticity. An example: do you know the intercultural sport Argentinian – Mexican Rabbit Hunt? It is an invented sport, which was experienced as real by the media and the public. This task helps the participants to realise their possibilities to create things. Especially in the planning phase, creativity and exchange of ideas are crucial. Through active engagement of the group, the reality can be changed. Connections to the working world will be established in the subsequent evaluation of the project.
Due to the direct connection to the living environment, this project promotes various competences that are necessary to participate in society. The study Participatory Citizen Report in the European Union (2012, Tender No. EACEA/2010/02) emphasizes that approaches which encourage active citizenship are more successful when they are embedded in living environment context.
The tasks can be designed individually according to the needs of the target group and the purpose. This is why City Bound is already employed in fields of youth work, schools and extension study programs for executives. This uncovers a large pedagogic potential.
City Bound can be easily employed in job trainings because it is rather low-priced and offers several different options to study and be creative. Self-confidence, creativity, the ability to communicate and independent working are of great importance in job trainings. Trainees need these qualities to succeed in the job market. IVET-Venture provides a framework, which can be adapted to the individual needs of the participants, who differ in terms of age, competences, departments, etc. Within the activities, the trainees can choose what they consider to be important and meaningful.
After 24 months all milestones were elaborated successfully. The partner meetings in Hanover, Kirsehir and Vienna had a positive effect on the teamwork of the involved partners and the long-term planning. In the summer 2014 external evaluators examined the first draft of the manual and the results were discussed at the partner meeting in Kirsehir in November 2014. Since summer 2015 the manual is completed and available in the internet for free. The same is true for the country-specific online modules. In summer and October 2014 a couple of test runs took place, which were evaluated by the participants in a very positive way. Besides, the consortium realised different promulgation activities, which ensure the public awareness of IVET-Venture.
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
material for open learning
program or curricula
Product information A manual is available in the internet for free. The same is true for the country-specific online modules, which consider national characteristic, such as sociocultural and legal conditions.