Title Enabling Labour Market Entry and Mobility By Engaging Learners through innovation (ENABLE)
Project Number UK/09/LLP-LdV/TOI/163_223
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The Enable project has proven that when disengaged learners become an integral part of the development process the desired outcomes are achieved. Research time was invaluable to the project ensuring that the product developed was what the learners wanted.
The enable project grew in strength when learners in disadvantaged groups engaged with the partners to drive the product development.
The ICT programmes developed by the project focused on the learners interests and delivered a product that the learners told them they wanted. The research exercise conducted at the beginning of the project identified the needs of learners and cultural differences of each group to enable the partners to develop a desktop publishing software tool called Page Designer.
The Page Designer product developed for this project is a simple easy to use desktop publishing tool. The tool enables users with little or no ICT skills to practice and develop those skills enhancing their opportunities to enter the labour market.
Establishing what learners would respond to before developing systems and products has been shown to increase participation significantly within this project, with 111 learners participating as well as 18 Learning Champions.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Information and Communication
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
open and distance learning
material for open learning
The target groups indicated a desire to develop their ICT skills by engaging with the vocational learning product 'Page Designer'. This accessible product has encouraged women currently outside the labour market to engage with ICT for the first time. They have the opportunity to develop skills and at the same time produce creative and meaningful documents. The 'Page Designer' allows users to create for example an insight into their life and community, or food recipes traditional to their community with pictures and text.
The Page Designer and Training materials for use with Picasa were developed under a Creative Commons licence allowing the products to be available for further and future usage.