Title PraeLAB - Qualification of staff in vocational education concerning the identification and counseling of apprentices with a high dropout risk
Project Number DE/10/LLP-LdV/TOI/147301
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
You are an instructor, teacher, career officer, case manager or linked to vocational education by some means or other? Or you are responsible for basic and advanced training of professionals working in vocational education and you aim on qualifying and accoutering your staff on high quality? In this case, the project „PraeLAB“ is of great interest for you!
The project’s focus is set on diagnosis and feedback of key competencies in the field of vocational education. Furthermore the transfer of innovative approaches on holistic counseling of apprentices with high risk of break-off is aimed on.
In Europe, the number of people who drop out of vocational training has been at a constantly high and unacceptable level for many years. This is true for countries with a dual vocational training set-up as well as for those with a more traditional educational system. A dropout carries serious risks for an individual’s career as well as economic risks for the training company. In small and medium-sized companies in particular, dropout not only causes economic damage but also reduces their willingness to train apprentices in the future.
PraeLAB had four focal points. First was the promotion of systematic cooperation and networking amongst all who are involved in vocational training: trainers, teachers, counsellors and case managers. The second aim was the provision of valid and approved tools for identification of apprentices with high dropout risk. The instrument developed in Switzerland on the diagnosis of and on the feedback of dropout risk was modified.In addition to this innovative methods of holistic counselling of adolescents with high dropout risk with particular attention paid to young people with a migration background as well as on gender aspects was implimented. And at last a training concept for the qualification of staff in the field of vocational training and counselling was developed and accredited.
The focus of the project was the adaptation and the transfer of "Diagnosis and feedback of transversal skills in vocational training", a tool developed in Switzerland as well as of innovative counselling approaches for the prevention of dropout.
The transfer of the tool had taken place first on a regional level. At this stage the relevant regional economic and social conditions, the specific labour market situation and the dropout rates in different occupational areas were taken into account. Special attention was paid to professions in SMEs.
Goals and steps of the project
A pedagogic framework for a didactic-methodical approach to screen and counsel at-risk groups in vocational training was developed.Innovative approaches in the prevention of dropout were further developed through career guidance and implemented through specific diagnosis and counselling.On the basis of the pedagogical framework, a training concept to qualify vocational training staff had been developed and implemented in pilot trainings in five countries.
The transfer of the tool to identify those trainees with dropout risk had been tested and implemented in pilot trainings. Currently, the field phase had taken place at national levels in order to set up diagnostic and counselling units; about 2,500 trainees and vocational students were participating in this phase. At the end of the project all finished products had been evaluated and then published on the Internet in five European languages (German, English, French, Italian, Polish). The accreditation of the training concept in order to integrate it permanently into the curricula of training and further education institutions had partly been achieved in Switzerland and Germany; the other partner countries were aiming to follow suit.
Sustainability: In Germany all through the lifetime of the project a great deal of networking has taken place between the educational institutions involved in the training. Therefore the former coordinator of the EU-project, the HdBA is considering its nationwide introduction in the medium term. On 30.10.2013 the HdBA in Mannheim will organize a specialist conference on the prevention of dropout in order to keep the topic alive in both the public and political debate.
In Poland it was possible to draw the attention of public and economic institutions to the importance of dropout prevention. PraeLAB will be introduced in a pilot project at a regional level with the support of the National Guidance Forum.
In Italy the Office in charge of training apprentices and delivering vocational master diplomas will introduce PraeLAB in regional vocational schools all across South Tyrol.
In Luxembourg ministries and other stakeholders will be sensitized through various dissemination activities and the adaptation of the diagnostic tool to the needs of the vocational schools.
In Austria the Steiermark region is considering to cooperate with the Pedagogical Universities and to set up training measures for counsellors accompanying young people in the process of finding a profession in the context of inplacements.
In German-speaking Switzerland PraeLAB has been on offer nationwide for teachers in initial and further education and training. In 2013 the programme will be extended to the Italian and French parts of Switzerland. It remains a sustainable objective to convince other decision-makers of the potential of PraeLAB.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Information and Communication
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Administrative and Support Service Activities
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Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
transparency and certification
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
program or curricula
Instrument for diagnosis and feedback of key competences in vocational education
The computer-based tool for diagnosis of apprentices with high risk of break-off measures personal, social and methodological skills of the apprentices as well as latent and manifest risk of break-off are measured by self-assessment of the apprentices and by assessment of teachers and trainers. After the automated analysis of data, the tool provides graphs and tables that can be used for feedback and counseling interviews with the apprentices. The tool provides graphic illustration of development courses of individuals or groups.
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