Title AlterSkillsPraxis - Students and companies, the protagonists in the construction of integrated pathways between school and work for development of skills for employability.
Project Number 2009-1-IT1-LEO05-00210
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Improve quality and effectiveness of School Work Alternation system in order to facilitate the entrance of the secondary school students into the work world.
The recent Italian law n. 53, 28 March 2003, article 4, and the D.L. 15 aprile 2005, n. 77, introduced the Internship (School Work Alternation) during student’s training within the upper secondary education, as opportunity of alternating between periods of school and work.
Various problems have arisen while putting into effect the alternation programmes. As Industrial Association and in reply to the request for a deeper collaboration with the school system, we have been working together with some secondary high schools in Provincia di Grosseto, in order to develop and implementation of a methodology for the alternation programme which met the needs of all actors involved such as schools, students and companies.
Project aim has been to further improve the methodology for Internship programmes (School Work Alternation) already in place in some high schools of Grosseto’ Provincia, strengthening the innovative approach to the organization of the student activity at their workplace.
The aspect of enhancement has been recognised in the adoption of a more effective assessment methodology of employability skills, and the results of a previous Leonardo da Vinci project, ‘Quality assurance and Practice Oriented assessment in Vocational Education and Training’ QUAL PRAXIS (QP), has been considered appropriate.
The project Consortium:
Confindustria Grosseto, was the leading representative organisation of industrial producers of goods and services in relations with political forces and trade unions. It represented one of the target groups to which the Project was addressed. it was the promoter and coordinator partner. Its role was to give voice to the PMI needs and to create a connection with the professional world.
Institute For Educational Research of the University Of Jyvàskylà, was the partner coordinator of the QP project. Its role was to support the process of integration and customizing of QP relevant elements of good practices inside/to the local Italian context represented by the School-Work Alternation programme.
IPF / Iniciativas De Proyectos De Formación, is a company who developed a 9 years’ experience in students’ international mobility. Its role was to implement the results of the Project regarding the mobility of Italian students in Spain and its expertise has built a ‘bridge’ for a further transfer of the AlterSkillsPraxis methodology to other countries in Europe.
Higher Secondary Schools, were the Institutions formally responsible for students’ activities and Internship School Work Alternation programme and represented one of the target groups. Their role was to cooperate in the methodology testing, contributing with their experience to validate the methodology.
The final output of the AlterSkillsPraxis project was a manual on the innovative approach to the organization of student activities in the Internship tool to enhance the attractiveness of alternation.
The AlterSkillsPraxis project has been aimed to adapt and transfer the results of the previous Qual Praxis project.
The adaptation and the trasferring was carried out by the transnational partnership composed by: Italy, Finland, Spain.
The partnership of the Consortium has been the expression of a representative of many different subjects, ranging from the work world to the education system and universities and to public institutions.
In relation to the European priorities, the project improved the quality of VET as it helped in an innovative way in breaking down barriers between school system and labor system, and this by proposing an innovative method.
The method saw SMEs and educational institutions as partners in managing the phases training (through the practice of school work) aimed at acquiring skills useful to facilitate the transition of young people towards work and / or higher education.
The implementation of the model of alternating ALTERSKILLSPRAXIS has been based on the transfer of the results of a research of best practices implemented in five EU countries (Austria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland).
The AlterSkillsPraxis model, not only validated the results obtained in these countries, but since it contains within itself the elements of good practice, it can be further transferred and used in Europe.
The final output of the AlterSkillsPraxis project were: a web site and a manual on the innovative approach to the organization of student activities in the Internship tool to enhance the attractiveness of alternation.
The manual is the instrument of work for anyone wishing to apply the ALTERSKILLSPRAXIS method: competences evaluation trough practice-oriented assessment. The booklet is organized into two sections: the first one is its methodology and the second one is about the operational techniques. The manual has been equipped with the operational technique boards for operators utilization.
The WEB SITE has a section related to the project and all issues developed, with the aim to promote AlterSkillsPraxis. Another section, represented by a reserved area, allowed a shared elaboration of documents and materials among partners.
Updated in real time, the web site will remain active even after the end of the project funding, providing a tool to support the follow up activities.
the main menu controls and the basic content have been accessible in three languages: Italian, Spanish, English.
A third product of the project is a Blog, primarily addressed to the students, developed in order to facilitate their process of engagement , motivation and development of critical thinking and proactive.