Title Talent 4... Europe
Project Number UK/12/LLP-LdV/TOI-594
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text Talent 4... Europe is a groupwork-based diagnostic assessment workshop designed to help participants identify personal talents and skills in order to help them better identify future courses of training and/or employment. Originally developed by Rideout in the UK for use in prisons, this programme has now been developed for use with any unemployed people, regardless of whether they have been in prison or not.
Talent 4... is a workshop programme to help participants identify their innate talents and skills. Developed initially for use with young and adult prisoners in the UK, this project has created a European version of T4... (T4E) that is culturally specific and is suitable for participants from all
T4E uses a strengths-based approach to raise participants awareness of their talents and skills with a view to helping them make better and more informed judgements about future training and/or employment goals.
The project allowed partners to make adaptations to the materials used in the programme to suit specific contexts, and the programme was successfully piloted through a series of six workshops with beneficiaries in each partner state.
Partners contributed to the dissemination of the results of the project and helped in the exploitation of the product in their own and other EU states.
This transnational project emerged from Rideout's existing work in prisons with men and women who were unclear about their own talents or possible career direction. This issue has major implications for the high re-offending rate in the UK and shared concerns across Europe. So in 2009 Rideout developed a programme entitled Talent 4..
Talent 4 [T4] is a diagnostic system with the objective of assisting learners to define personal talents and therefore identification of career paths. T4 is an accessible programme and accompanying resource kit containing games, exercises, educational films, tasks, and specially designed software. In summary, the outputs of the programme as diagnostic assessments of the participants' skills, interests and potentials are submitted to software which generates proposals as to particular professional sectors for which those individuals are naturally suited and in which they are likely to progress well, given favourable market conditions.
The aim of this TOI project, through work with partners in respect of their expertise, was to make and test adaptations of the existing T4 programme to meet the particular needs of a number of national contexts.
Our consortium had 8 organisations, spanning 6 European nations, enabling diverse expertise that satisfied the different work packages in our work programme.
A summary of activity to end of September 2014:
• 4 & 5 December 2012 – Kick-off meeting held in London, UK
• Development of QA Framework (Dec 2012/Jan 2013)
• Partners sent all Talent 4 materials and asked to provide translations in time for visits that took place as part of WP3 (Jan 2013)
• 1st QA Summary Report (Jan 2013)
• Preparation of all resources to be taken to partners so they can be used during the staff training sessions. (Jan – May 2013)
• Development and launch of project website (Nov 2012 - Feb 2013)
• 1st e-bulletin sent out to subscribers and available on website (end of February 2013)
• Visit to EPEA Malta to deliver staff-training and record Maltese dialogue for Talent 4 DVD (26 Fen – 1 Mar 2013)
• Visit to CPIP, Timisoara, Romanian to deliver staff-training (10 – 13 Mar 2013)
• Visit to Association for an Active Future, Constanta, Romania (11 – 14 Mar 2013)
• Twitter account set up @Talent4Europe (Mar 2013)
• Visit to Esmovia, Spain to deliver staff-training and record Spanish dialogue for Talent 4 DVD (15 – 18 April 2013)
• 2nd e-bulletin sent out to subscribers and available on website (end of April 2013)
• Visit to EduPro to deliver staff-training and record Lithuanian dialogue for Talent 4 DVD (6 – 9 May 2013)
• Preparation & submission of Progress Report (May 2013)
• Facebook page created https://www.facebook.com/Talent4Europe (May 2013)
• Recording of Romanian dialogue for Talent 4 DVD (April/May 2013)
• Visit to Bulgaria Gateway to deliver staff-training and record Bulgarian dialogue for Talent 4 DVD (3 – 6 Jun 2013)
• Visit to Euroform RFS, Italy to deliver staff-training and record Italian dialogue for Talent 4 DVD (18 - 21 Jun 2013)
• Assembly of Talent 4 DVDs in all partner languages (June – August 2013)
• Design & print of Talent 4 Flyer (May 2013)
• Design & Print of Talent 4 participant feedback cards (July & August 2013)
• Assorted dissemination activity by all partners (Feb – Sept 2013)
• 3rd e-bulletin sent out to subscribers and available on website (end of Sept 2013)
• The first pilot Talent 4… workshops run in Malta, Romania, Spain, Bulgaria and Lithuania (Sept 2013)
• QA Mid-Point Report (Sept 2013)
• Development of Dissemination Plan (Feb – Sept 2013)
• Each partner to completed 3 pilot workshops by the time of their mid-point review (Sept 13 – Feb 2014)
• Group Skype to determine status of pilot workshops (Nov 2013)
• Rideout visited all partners to conduct mid-point review meetings (Esmovia (Spain) – 26 Nov 2013, Bulgaria Gateway – 3 Dec 2013, Euroform RFS (Italy) – 5 Dec 2013, EduPro (Lithuania) – 9 Dec 2013, Association for an Active Future (Romania) – 12 Dec 2013, CPIP (Romania) – 16 Dec 2013, and EPEA Malta – 27/2/14).
• 2nd QA Summary & Mid-Point Report (end of Jan 2014)
• Each partner to completed further 3 pilot workshops between January and end of May 2014
• 3rd QA Summary Report (April 2014)
• Evaluation data from all pilot workshops statistically analysed by external evaluators.
• Final Meeting & Conference Event, Birmingham UK 22 & 23 July 2014
• 4th QA Summary Report (22 August 2014)
• Dissemination activity by all partners (Oct 2013 – Sept 2014)
• Full Evaluation report in all partner languages (end of Sept 2014)
• QA Final Report (end of Sept 2014)
• Project Final Report (end of Nov 2014)
Tangible outcomes: 44 'Talent 4' Workshops over 6 partner nations (each partner delivered a minimum of 3 adapted workshops before the mid-point review and a further minimum of 3 by end of May 2014). The duration of each workshop was normally 3 days, and a total of 234 target group beneficiaries, spread across Europe, were reached. External evaluation of pre and post workshop data indicates a statistically significant impact on raising of personal aspirations as a result of doing the workshop. As a result of the success of the pilot programmes the workshop was adapted and accepted for accreditation by the Romanian Penitentiaries Authority and had been approved for use through the Romanian prison system.
Intangible outcomes: training of staff in competence diagnosis and learning strengths analysis; wider dissemination of the training in the nations of our partners through their extensive networks; future contributions to both offender rehabilitation and the reduction of re-offending agenda, shared in Europe.
In future, the prime impact will be on the target group beneficiaries, prisoners and ex-offenders, but also young adult groups who would benefit from vocational guidance. In turn it is anticipated that this will deliver, more broadly, positive impact for families of both prisoners and victims, communities and tax-payers in respect of reduced re-offending.
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Talent 4... Europe (T4E) Resource kit containing all materials (DVDs, puzzles, games and other exercises), software, and curriculum guidebook to allow facilitators to run a Talent 4 workshop in the following languages:
The main project website is at www.talent4.org. The project also has a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Talent4Europe and can be followed on Twitter https://twitter.com/Talent4Europe