Title SOS-Network: Social Inclusion of Students/Learners with Special Needs into Mainstream VET and Labour Market
Project Number 517736-LLP-2011-DK-LEONARDO-LNW
Project Type Networks
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text SOS network aims at contributing to social inclusion of young people with special educational needs and social disadvantages into mainstream VET, labour market and society. It intends to develop and introduce new concepts for approaching the issue of social inclusion and to provide teachers, trainers and others working with these young people in learning or job-related activities with adequate, well-proven and relevant methods and tools easily applicable in daily life.
VET providers all over Europe experience the same problem: students leave education or training without completing it. Most of these early school leavers struggle with social, mental or learning problems and many end up being not in education, employment or training (NEET). In a society with lurking demographic challenges and economic and social problems NEET is not a solution, neither to the young people categorized as such, nor to society.
Knowledge and good experiences are needed in order to succeed. The VET system needs well proven methods that can help teachers to successfully approach these students, the world of work needs knowledge that can help them to understand needs and skills specific for these young people, and the students need a ‘system’ that sees them as individuals with specific needs, strengths and potentials.
SOS-Network – SOcial inclusion of Students with special needs into mainstream VET and world of work - unifies Europe in its quest for responding to the problems of early school leaving. By focusing on social inclusion of students with special needs into mainstream VET the network provides knowledge, well proven methods and access to experienced practitioners from all over Europe. 14 partners from 12 countries have united in order to find the best practices, methods and approaches that work.
Moreover, by involving the world of work as well as students in local reference groups the network ensures a tripartite approach to the issue of social inclusion thus pointing at sustainable and innovative solutions to the benefit of VET, the students and the world of work.
SOS-Network will accomplish its task through four main stages:
1. Mapping of target groups. The objective is to establish a common framework of understanding of the different target groups addressed in this network.
Each partner will be asked to deliver descriptions of the different groups students/learners with special needs and social disadvantages that they meet in their local learning environment. This will lead to a Europe-wide compilation of categories of young people in risk of becoming early school leavers or NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training. All descriptions will be compiled in clearly identifiable target groups which will be presented in a catalogue.
2. Collection of cases of interesting practices, based on a comprehensive survey conducted in all partner countries. The outcome of the survey will be at least 50 cases describing learning activities and situations that involve young students within the specific target groups.
3. Identification of methods and tools, which could support the VET system in reducing early school leavers among the target group.
4. Testing of identified and selected methods/tools with the use of questionnaires to measure expectations and outcome. All test results will be compiled in a test report that includes comments on applicability and empowerment potential of the different methods and tools.
A SOS-portal, a European One-Stop-shop for all working with social inclusion and drop-out challenges in VET, will be established with access to all products being developed during the project: definition of target groups, cases, methods and testing report.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
- SOS-Portal, European One-Stop Shop for all interested in work with students with special needs;
- SOS Mapping of students with special needs – European survey on perceptions of students with special needs;
- SOS Catalogue of interesting cases from all partner countries – at least 50 cases;
- 15 SOS-Recommended Methods and Tools