Title Quality signet for modular VET for disadvantaged young people (QualiMoVET)
Project Number 142394-LLP-1-2008-1-DE-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The high rate of unemployment among socially disadvantaged young people and the associated social disintegration remains an urgent problem in a number of EU member states. The target group's insufficient integration into training and employment systems results in young peoples' being excluded and jeopardises social cohesion in the countries. However, the causes of problems in the training and employment situation of young people who have not completed their formal education and the attendant risks need to be reconsidered in the changing demographic and economic context in the EU. For years, programmes have been developed and approaches tried, and member states have come up with a wide range of approaches, some of which are very good, aimed at integrating the target group into employment and society. For instance, modularisation approaches, or models, which take into account a validation of competences acquired outside formal education, play an important role here. Recognition of such non-formally or informally acquired competences is also discussed in the development of the European Qualification Framework and National Qualification Framework. Whereas it is already customary to apply quality standards and corresponding measuring instruments even transnationally in many formal education offers, there are still no comparable standards in the field of training of the disadvantaged.
There is a growing need for common standards and measuring tools in the process of intensification of efforts to include socially disadvantaged young people in EU programmes in the new support period in the field of transnational mobility measures. Common standards also facilitate the transfer and exchange of European good practices.
Description The project's objective is to find high-quality ways of improving the integration of socially disadvantaged young people as a target group into educational systems and labour markets. Failure to provide young people with vocational training opportunities means greatly restricting their participation in society and isolating them socially. Specially structured training courses, special learning programmes (forms of work-oriented learning and concepts of linking work and learning) and intensive support and individual promotion are needed to change this. Training modules, for instance, can be used as intermediate steps in a course of training, whose mastery can be an important motivational factor for young people. Certification and recognition of such modules, taking into account informal learning results within the framework of a recognised form of training, are decisive for the success of such a modular approach. The project will determine usable knowledge about quality standards of vocational training of disadvantaged young people in a number of European countries and investigate if or to what extent such standards are applied and how they can be further developed. Suitable learning orientations for disadvantaged young people in a number of countries and vocational training systems will be examined and various validation tools (e.g., methods of measuring competence, advanced training passes) will be studied and discussed. Based on these investigations, minimum standards and quality assurance tools for organising courses of education for the target group will be described. This will include an assessment of possibilities of accreditation of modularised training courses and educational institutions. The aim is to develop a European Signet of Quality for the vocational training of socially disadvantaged young people and to describe the basic features of accreditation institutions that award such a signet.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Sectors Human Health and Social Work Activities
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
• The project will generate comprehensive knowledge about existing quality standards in the field of vocational training of disadvantaged youth in the countries of the consortium partners. Existing methods and forms of verification, certification and crediting of informally acquired competences will be described here, taking into account the preconditions of the national education systems in question. This knowledge will be recorded and promulgated in the form of an inventory.
• Based on the inventory and the analysis of tried and tested national quality standards with respect to the target group, common quality standards will be filtered out and tried within the framework of the project.
• At the same time, suitable quality assurance methods and tools for designing modularised training courses for the target group will be filtered out and, based on this, a standardised method will be developed and tested.
• A website promulgates all central results of the project and, apart from mediating information, it includes a section accessible only to project partners.
• An electronic newsletter which the consortium sends out at regular intervals to of sub-networks and recipients beyond as a memory refresher about itself and as a means of disseminating intermediate results among stakeholders.
• The final product will be a common recommendation for action for drawing up a "European Signet of Quality" for modularised vocational training of socially disadvantaged young people and a description of the principal features of accreditation institutions that award such a signet.