Title RESTART 2
Project Number UK/12/LLP-LdV/TOI-519
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The Restart 2 project aimed at furthering National Priorities 3 and 4. The project primarily targeted groups or representatives who were facing particular difficulties in accessing training and/or the labour market (specifically lone parents). The project also promoted the transfer and recognition of competencies and qualifications between the UK and across Europe. Restart 2 aimed to develop the quality and attractiveness of the systems and practices across Europe by ensuring that they met very specific needs of a group known to be at high risk of social exclusion: lone parents.
The Restart 2 Transfer of Innovation Project aimed to transfer the Restart training programme to partners in Lithuania and two regions of Germany. The innovative Restart programme was developed in Northern Ireland with the aim of supporting lone parents to enter the labour market. It uniquely combined one to one coaching with group based learning and a work experience placement. This approach has proved highly successful in helping lone parents who take part to build confidence and overcome personal barriers to ease the transition to work.
Building upon the success of the original Restart project (2010 – 2012) our ultimate aim was to create an accredited employability programme which was widely available in a number of Europe languages. In addition, we aimed to create links to ECVET, thus enabling transparency of qualification and mobility for all Restart participants.
Restart 2 was exported to partner countries using a five step process:
Research into the situation of lone parents and employment in each country;
The establishment of cross-sectoral Stakeholder Forums of policy and practice experts in each importing country to support the transfer;
Adaptation, translation and accreditation of the programme;
Piloting the programme with a group of lone parents in each partner country;
Evaluation and dissemination of results.
This new partnership enabled us to build on past successes and lessons learnt while incorporating ideas from new partners. In this way, the Restart 2 programme aimed to further European Priority 5 by improving the recognition and transparency of learning outcomes.
WP1: Contracts agreed and returns organised; all transnational meetings held; Information support pack given to partners; guidelines for hosting transnational meetings circulated; Project Monitoring Visit by NA in August; Monthly reports provided to NA.
WP2: Research Questionnaire created and circulated; Questionnaires completed and returned; First draft Research Report presented at 2nd meeting; Research Report finalised, designed and approved in August; Research Report sent to partners for distribution in September; Partners distributed the research report.
WP3: Adaptation and Translation Guidelines sent to partners; Partners translated the Restart Training Materials, the Restart Product Information Brochure, and the Web based summary; Adaptation Questionnaire presented to partners and circulated;Completed questionnaires returned; Partners presented on their adaptation processes at the 3rd meeting; adaptation report completed.
WP4: Training Pilot Guidelines created and circulated; partners recruited for pilot; all partners delivered their training pilot; training pilot questionnaire created and distributed it to the partners; training pilot report completed.
WP5: ECVET situations in partner countries researched; Best Practice Report produced; Hartmut Schafer from CCI attended the 2nd and inputted on ECVET; Possibilities attended a meeting with CCEA and a conference on ECVET; CJD presented on ECVET implementation within the project and the ECVET Best Practice Report during the 3rd meeting in Vilnius.
WP6: all Project meetings have been internally evaluated; Terms of Reference for the External Evaluation prepared and sent out for tender; Gingerbread appointed the External Evaluator; Baseline questionnaires created, circulated and returned; Baseline Questionnaire report was produced; Interim Evaluation Report produced; finial evaluation report produced.
WP7: Project logo, product information brochure, website and merchandise produced; Partners sent guidelines and a template for the newsletter; all project newsletter produced and circulated; Stakeholder forums established and supported partners' training pilot; Stakeholder forum meetings held at partnership meetings; dissemination pack sent to the partners with forms and guidelines; film produced; finial dissemination event held.
WP1: financial management will continue through out the project; finance returns and payments organised; 4th and 5th transnational meetings to be organised; continue to monitor effectiveness of the PCA and PFA, all strategies and procedures and action any issues arising.
WP2: Research Report available in electronic report form so partners can continue to disseminate the research throughout the life of the project and beyond.
WP3: Partners will record any adaptation that take place during and after piloting; Adaption Report will be produced by Possibilities.
WP4: Caritas and CJD to complete delivery of training pilots; delivering partners to complete training pilot questionnaire; Caritas to produce training pilot report.
WP5: ECVET implementation guidelines in English to be distributed by CJD; ECVET Best practice report to be produced by CJD.
WP6: 4th and 5th transnational meetings to be evaluated; final evaluation report to be produced.
WP7: Final dissemination event to be organised and held in September; partners to continue dissemination activities; website to be updated; 2nd 3rd and 4th newsletters to be produced.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Open and distance learning
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
material for open learning
transparency and certification
program or curricula
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
open and distance learning