Title Restart: Return to work training and support for lone parents
Project Number UK/10/LLP-LdV/TOI-379
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The project aims at further European Priority 2 Restart in developing the quality and attractiveness of the systems and practices across Europe by ensuring that they meet very specific needs of a group known to be at high risk of social exclusion: lone parents.
The Restart project aims to further European Priority 2 by developing the quality and attractiveness of VET systems and practices throughout Europe by ensuring that they are responsive to the very specific needs of a group known to be at high risk of social exclusion: lone parents. It will address UK National Priorities 1, 2 & 3 by targeting support at lone parents that face particular difficulties in the labour market actively involving them in the project to transfer qualifications across Europe. To address those barriers, an EQUAL cross-sectoral partnership in NI conducted research which revealed that while most lone parents want to work they often face a complex combination of personal and structural barriers: low self-esteem, lack of affordable childcare, fear of moving off benefits and the need to update skills and gain work experience. It also developed the innovative Restart (formerly ‘Possibilities’), an OCN accredited programme combining group work, individual life coaching with a work placement to develop participants self-esteem and employability. Practical help with applying for jobs, advice on personal finances, arranging childcare and transport help strengthen participants confidence about taking the major step of returning to work. Piloted as 'Possibilities' through the Department for Employment and Learning's ‘Pathways to Work for Lone Parents’ (http://www.gingerbreadni.org/Pdf/Possibilities%20Project/possibilities%20report%20indd.pdf), the programme, now renamed ‘Restart’, can be accessed through DEL’s current mainstream provision, Steps to Work.
The consortium partners have proven experience in vocational education and training, research, project management and transnational partnership working. The project's main aim is to transfer this innovative programme to Cyprus, Italy, Poland and Norway. Objectives include: research carried out into the situation of lone parents in each country; the establishment cross-sectoral Stakeholder Forums, ensuring the involvement of policy and practice professionals who can support this transfer; adaptation, accreditation and translation to suit each country's language, welfare, employment and VET systems; and piloted and evaluated with 10 lone parents in each country. Dissemination will include a case study film, best practice report, project report and a final event in Brussels involving DG's and other key practice and policy players. Valorisation options include commercialisation, e-learning adaptation, conversion for use with other disadvantaged groups and ECVET accreditation . The project will be internally and externally evaluated. The envisaged impact is that each partner country will for the first time be able to offer through their VET system an accredited return to work training and support package for lone parents seeking a return to work and a group traditionally disadvantaged in the labour market to achieve greater equality of access to sustainable employment across the EU.
Description The Restart Project research conducted in 2010 revealed that while most lone parents want to work, they often face a complex combination of personal and structural barriers—for example, low self-esteem, lack of suitable childcare, and the need to update skills and gain work experience. In some of the Restart Project partner countries, societal stigmas and negative attitudes about lone parents add to these difficulties. Lone parents, as a group, are therefore disproportionately excluded from the labour market and this relates directly to the vulnerability of one-parent families to poverty and social exclusion throughout Europe. The Restart Project set out to empower lone parents and to overcome their personal barriers and structural disadvantages, through the transfer of the Restart course for unemployed lone parents, which was developed in Northern Ireland during EQUAL.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Information and Communication
material for open learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
transparency and certification
Product information The Restart Project is a life long leaning transfer of innovation Project. The Project Produced: a Research Report 'Towards a Shared Understanding'; a Short Film; an Adaptation Report for adapting the learning materials; a Training Pilot Report; a Project Website; a Translation Report; a Project Brochure; an Evaluation Report; an E-learning Report; a Dissemination Event in Brussels.