Title GiB8! Health in Professional Life – Health-related skills as a quality factor
Project Number DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147452
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text GiB8! Health in Professional Life - how can we achieve this? This can be achieved with health-related skills. They are becoming increasingly important for the assurance of skilled workers in the European labour market. Plus: Skills can be learnt - health-related skills too. Our partnership has proved this with its innovative products, and taken care of European transfer.
The focus of our project "GiB8!" was on an innovative and high-quality orientation of education, where the acquisition of key skills was in the foreground. In view of the demographic change, health-related skills are increasingly relevant for ensuring availability of skilled work force on the European job market. "GiB8!“ made use of the innovative approach "Teaching health-related skills as an interdisciplinary topic" and developed a new concept from it to integrate health-related skills as key-skills in vocational skills – including in occupations outside the health sector.
For the test phase, we exemplarily selected four occupations. Doing so, we used an innovative typology of the occupational categories (classified by physical strain). As a result, a guide "Trainer Handbook" was elaborated - with didactic instructions and learning material, to be used in vocational education across teaching subjects and sectors. At the same time, we trained teachers, trainers and multipliers, who will use the material in their regular lessons.
Already during the pilot phase, we were able to rely on an expert network covering health, education, economy, job market and administration.
The aims have been achieved. Several transnational meetings have taken place in the planned order. The work plan was regularly checked and discussed once again (needs for action – transfer of health-related skills etc.) The standardised templates (analysis questionnaires: trainees, trainers, stakeholders) were produced in the analysis phase. Analysis results were discussed and good practice evaluated in Austria for the development of teaching and learning resources. The ‘Best Practice’ catalogue was produced. With this, the partnership assured the sectoral transfer. The collection included examples from the medical and pedagogical fields, which can be used in practical training in various professional fields (beyond the health sector). These were considered during the development of project materials. The final version of the trainer handbook has been produced. The test-runs took place and were evaluated by means of a jointly created questionnaire. The partners set the procedure in advance and produced materials and a test-guideline. At the same time, teachers, trainers and multipliers were trained, who will then utilize the material in their regular lessons. The project network was established. In Berlin, GiB8! was supported by the Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research. Dissemination activities took place in all partner countries. This included local institutions or by means of own newsletters (e.g. the Chamber of Crafts Breslau’s Trade Newsletter).
Other institutions and regions were reached with network and PR activities; including events with stakeholders such as school directors, leaders from various professional areas, and contacts with SMEs also increased. They indicated that the transfer of health competences was increasingly important. The stakeholders were open to the implementation of project material. Mutual learning, the development and provision of transnational “national standard information” were also promoted. (Didactical methods, learning about other teaching methods, cultural exchange etc.) People interested in the project can find information about the project and its activities on the partners’ and strategic supporters’ websites. Policy-makers have been more involved through lobby work – the project partners used their existing networks and contacts for this. Expert talks with the relevant actors/stakeholders have been used to discuss the possibilities for the promotion of transfer and anchoring, to clarify opinions of the relevant stakeholders and their possible influence on the process, and to acquire them as supporters. The regulation authorities have been addressed in particular and awareness-raised for the topic transfer of health competences as a cross cutting topic in training. For this purpose, regional and national stakeholder workshops have been implemented. The 6th transnational final meeting took place in Berlin with a focus on the consultation of final recommendations.
The project generates a positive sustainable impact. Until now, health-related skills in the area of vocational training have never been addressed across professional fields, leading to a high interest in GiB8! material from teachers, heads of departments and school managers.
The materials are praxis-orientated and can be used for further training in SMEs and vocational training. In Addition, they are suitable for advanced training for leaders of SMEs on the topic of stress management. The project partners and the BGZ receive requests particularly for the trainer handbook.
The Austrian project partners are now offering regular stress management seminars for teachers as advanced training. All partners presented the results at national workshops or interschool competitions. In Poland and Hungary, the material in English and German is also used in language classes. The ABS Akademie in Berlin has integrated the GiB8! material in regular training courses and will use it in the next years.
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Human Health and Social Work Activities
program or curricula
Matrix for the systematization of health issues in vocational education
Analysis Reports (DE;AT;HU;PL)
Good Practice Catalogue
Guidelines for training teachers and trainers
Concepts for the test runs with trainees
Groups of trained teachers / trainers
Reports on the test runs with trainees
Conclusions and recommendations on transfer and institutional anchoring
Conclusions and recommendations for geographical transfer
Dissemination and use strategy. Extended networks of actors
Project information sheets and presentations
Documented media work
Project management plan