Title Enabling Labour Market Entry and Mobility By Engaging Learners through innovation (ENABLE)
Project Number UK/09/LLP-LdV/TOI/163_223
Product At risk groups engage with the Enable Project
Title At risk groups engage with the Enable Project
Product Type material for open learning
Marketing Text At risk groups of women were engaged in the process of developing a desktop publishing tool 'Page Designer'
Description All the target groups in the project were consulted in a research exercise to understand what would make them try using ICT in many cases for the first time. It was a leaner led approach that produced successful uptake of the product.
Target group The “at risk” group was women returners including older women, migrants, rural communities and those with little or no formal education.
In short term
The learners had not previously participated in learning, so their engagement was significant in itself with 82.84% completing the engagement sessions.
Of the 111 learners
• 47.0% were aged 38+ years old. (Partners were concerned that socio-economic data would prevent many of the sensitive “at risk” groups taking part).
• 76.5% reported their digital skills had improved
• 84.6% that the learning process was helpful.
• 64.8% recommending it to family and friends.
• 67.5% intended to use the same software again
• 69% progressed to the upskilling tool
• 27% progressed to further language courses with the potential to move onto upskilling (UK Somali community).
82% of Learning Champions would continue to work with the Communities providing continuing impact.
In long term
29 VET providers from across the partnership were involved in the design of the software. The take-up of the methodologies and results has been very encouraging.
In Greece, EKEP the National Centre for Vocational Orientation reporting to the Greek Ministry of Education has expressed great interest in the project and the Coalition of 21 Municipalities in Athens responsible for sustainable development and a VET provider in Kos have written to endorse the Learning Champions methodology as innovative tool for engagement with “at risk” groups”. In Romania the project was featured in dissemination with 2 VET providers and 1 mental care institution showing immediate interest. In Italy, 2 VET organisations from Scuola Centrale di Formazione, 1 social care and 2 mental care institutions were keen to use the resources. In Poland, the Chamber of Commerce, WSB-NLU University and The 3rd University will be using the methodologies and resources. In UK, the West Yorks Probation Board, Crosby Employment Services and Welfare to Work have taken up the engagement methodologies.
90 VET providers responded to partners’ dissemination events:
• 57% would use the methodologies
• 76% will use the resources
• 87% would definitely or probably use Learning Champions
51 SMEs were involved in helping to design the tools and detailed discussion with 14 after piloting endorsed the engagement and progression strategies.
Area of application The product has been used to design leaflets and communication documents across all partner countries. Go to http://enable-lifelonglearning.ning.com/ and see the leaflets published by the target group in Greece and the Somali speaking group in the UK