Project Number 2012-1-NL1-LEO05-08672
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Support to initial and continuous training of VET teachers, trainers, tutors and VET institution managers
Contribution to national priorities
Implementing further professionalization of teachers in initial vocational education & training (relating to EQAVET indicator 2) by:
- creating awareness towards ownership of professionalization in relation to quality of education.
The project creates awareness in schools that proper COG is something that should be implemented in the vision and policy of a school and demands skills from all staff that is involved with students. Teachers should have at least basic COG skills. To reach these goals, several instruments and a training programme will be developed in the project.
The economic and demographic changes that are currently taking place, demand action to create a sustainable labour market in the future. One of the engines for a healthy labour market is high quality education and proper career orientation and guidance (COG). BLUE works on the improvement of the quality of COG in the region of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and aims to create an ongoing pathway of COG fro primary education up to higher vocational education and ideally even up to the labour market.
Several instruments (such as a format for vision and policy and a training programme for COG skills) that will be developed during the project, will support schools with the improvement of COG, but will also stimulate them to cooperate more with other schools of several levels in the region. The knowledge and experience for the transfer of innovation will be obtained from the Finnish and Austrian partners: TEC and STVG, both leading parties in Europe in the field of COG.
The pioneer schools will be the first group in which the developments in the field of COG will be implemented. At the end of the project, they will turn into ambassadors for schools in the project that were not a partner in BLUE. In this way, BLUE will be the first step towards proper, sustainable COG in the region of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, less early school leavers and a healthy labour market in the future.
Description The reduction of early school leaving is a subject which is highly under attention of the European Commission. It is one of the main goals of the EU Strategy 2020. The concrete results of this project will be implemented at regional level. The implementation will nevertheless have effect on European scale as well. The products and publications of BLUE will be available through internet, in several languages, so the knowledge and experience will be available for other countries. The dissemination of the results into Europe will be realised through the extended European network and projects in which several BLUE partners are involved.
program or curricula
On the short term, BLUE will increase the quality of COG (through the development of vision, policy and the professionalisation of career coaches) and the level of cooperation between schools in the region of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. It will realise a more efficient and sustainable system of career orientation and guidance: an ongoing pathway of COG, in which schools of several levels (from primary education up to higher vocational education) and the regional businesses cooperate.
On the long term, these improvements will render a decrease in drop out rates and in the number of learners that switch between studies. The fact that youngsters are able to make a well thought-out choice for study and profession, will eventually lead to a healthy and sustainable regional labour market, with qualified manpower.