Title Job relevant basic skills concepts and tools for groups facing particular challenges at the labour market
Project Number DE/09/LLP-LdV/TOI/147253
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Throughout the course of the BAGru project concepts and practical experiences were developed and approved for the world of labour in companies as well as for everyday life. The aim was to further the qualifications of low-level educated learners in different work sectors, integrate socially disadvantaged young people facing difficulties with learning and those who are in long term unemployment or have been out of education for longer periods of time. Throughout this practice developments and implementation processes were incorporated into a wide range of industries.
The employment opportunities for low-level educated learners have dropped considerably over recent years. In relation to school dropouts the situation has significantly worsened across the whole of Europe. The EU-initiative „New Skills for new Jobs” will be seen as a particular challenge for low-level educated learners especially those who are insufficiently qualified. Taking into consideration professional development for the socially disadvantaged, teenagers with learning difficulties as well as further development for post-qualification of insufficiently qualified persons and the integration of the long term unemployed; it is apparent that there is the necessity for developing workplace related and up-to-date settings of basic education. The common focus was placed upon the general approach towards the learners and the organisations in question (companies, labour administration, and institutions of learning) as well as the specific concept for basic education that incorporates the learners’ daily lives and working environment.
The main aim was to transfer and further develop tried and tested processes and existing labour market concepts by adhering to existing literacy concepts and cooperating with stakeholders, labour markets, education and employment systems from the participating partner countries. The intended concepts and settings of learning are characterised especially by constant focus on the learner, their work and their daily lives. These are specific principles which aspire towards integrating groups with particular difficulties in the labour market while being trained or employed.
This transfer project was based on the results collected by project consortium „GiWA – basic skills in labour and economy” of the research program „Research and Development for Alphabetization and Basic Education” (www.giwa-grundbildung.de). The expected result of the project transfer was the recognition of the GiWA project which promises positive results if they are contextualised and developed for the target group.
This transfer project was based on the results collected by project consortium „GiWA – basic skills in labour and economy” of the research program „Research and Development for Alphabetization and Basic Education” (www.giwa-grundbildung.de).
The products which have been developed within were provided during the transfer to the three consortiums (France, Sweden and Slovenia). Some examples of the already developed products from consortium „GiWA – basic skills in labour and economy” included:
- Course for native speaking learning counsellors
- Educational offer for supporting communicative competences among migrants in care for seniors (language course „Business German Care for Seniors“)
- Integrative context specific basic skills concepts for low-level qualified, retrained employees in senior care institutions
- Handout / Practical Guide (print): Employment and Learning – basic skills for long-term unemployed (ALG II – receivers)
- Instruments in basic skills provision
- Good Practice Examples for learning settings oriented towards counselling
In the three transfer subcontracts both different target groups as well as potential end users (diverse groups with special difficulties in the labour market) and different contexts of education (vocational education, pre-vocational qualification measures, programs for disadvantaged, operational continuing education) and furthermore instructors, teachers, trainers and advisors as multipliers were involved. The chosen consortium partners themselves have gained a wide range of experience through working in different sectors and possessing long-time experiences with educational programmes for the target group in question. This offers the ability to easily come into contact with appropriate persons and companies. In this context, the specific national as well as different sector contexts can be utilized for testing the products and further development.
BAGru combined three transfer projects which have implemented the results of GiWA into their national context: the Slovenian partner Papilot focused on the management level in enterprises and developed methods of needs analyses concerning basic education for low-level employees. Folkuniversitetet, the Swedish partner, followed the notion of unemployed adult learners being experts of their own lives and learning.The French partner IRFA Sud established networks with stakeholders from the private and public sector and incorporated basic education and transferable skills into formally accredited qualification programmes for the elderly care sector. For any approach, it is significant to involve all actors concerned – management, public institutions, teachers and tutors and, first of all, the learners themselves.
The evaluated outcomes of the three transfer subprojects established access to products and achievements of the innovation transfer project so that in the end a re-import of new, innovative concepts, methods, instruments and materials to Germany was due.
The diversity of competences and experiences in the project consortium and the particular contacts and possibilities for access to different actors in the field of the partners has proven to be conducive. This way, contacts with multipliers and stakeholders from different sectors and diverse working levels have been established from the beginning: science, companies, administration and promotion of employment, education institutions. From the beginning, a group of strategic partners has been involved in the communication process in the project in a special way. A lot of trainers, advisors, coaches, course designers and project leaders have been reached by various activities like meetings, workshops and expert conferences as well as publications. Furthermore, persons responsible for programme design and tenders of new (e.g. labour market politics) programmes, courses and counselling activities received new ideas and impulses. With the background of demographic development, companies are going to look more at the potential of the so-called low-qualified. They are going to understand that promoting these people is crucial for the companies’ future. The BAGru results will flow into new initiatives for increasing the participation in further education of unskilled and semi-skilled, into the recognition of informally acquired competences and into securing skilled workers. New sectors of education (transition system from school to work) will be unlocked through already planned follow-up activities. Initiatives for the professionalization of teachers, project leaders, trainers, advisors in the field of work-related basic education will also be set up.
Access for disadvantaged
Transportation and Storage
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
material for open learning
program or curricula
The project results will be published in two languages (German/English) in the following products:
BAGru-Manual Volume 1 "Adult Literacy in the Context of Labour and Community"
BAGru-Manual Volume 2 "Good Practice Job relevant basic skills concepts and tools"