Title PIP - A project to train peer educators to deliver personal development skills to disadvantaged target groups to support them in the transition from training to employment
Project Number UK/07/LLP-LdV/TOI-040
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text This project will develop a Training Course for training young people to become Peer Educators. The course is approximately 40 hours and is designed primarily to run as a residential course for 40 hours over 5 days or two periods of 20 hours over 2½ - 3 days each. Peer Educators will then be in a position to work with disadvantaged peers assisting them in gaining the skills needed to gain access to education, training and employment. This course will be suitable for use in schools, colleges, training centres and other organisations working with disadvantaged people assisting them to gain access to the labour market. A promotional DVD will shortly be available (see website for details) and a Conference will be held in September 2009 in Wales, UK (date and venue to be confirmed). Information about the project can be found at www.peermentor.org and click on PIP.
Summary The purpose of the PIP project is to provide a flexible and cost effective means of delivering personal development, particularly employability skills, to people at a greatest distance from the labour market. Despite having the necessary vocational skills or experience, they experience great difficulty maintaining placements in training or employment due to a severe lack of understanding of the generic and underlying skills required to sustain training or employment. The use of Peer Educators is based on the success of using them within the Me Myself I project (www.peermentor.bdf.es) to put messages across which would be unlikely to be accepted if given by “professionals” such as teachers, social workers, probation officers.
Access for disadvantaged
program or curricula