Meetings and Peer Group Visits
Four times within the project period a transnational working meeting was carried out, where the partnership discussed the strategy, tasks and organisational details, had discussions on results and analysis and could have a common decision on important questions when necessary.
4th Transnational Partner-Meeting – 7 -8 May 2015, Schwerin/ GERMANY
The final meeting was carried out by the partner Organisation DAA in Schwerin.
At the beginning of the meeting the project coordinator Michaela gave an overview about the topics which are still done, what´s the state of play and which outcomes and results are available.
We focused on the topic about examples of pedagogical and psychological tools in the partner countries. Austria presented some successfull tools such as the Youth Coaching and further work based tools: aptitude test, clearing report, practical aptitude test, case history, diagnostics, grading tests. The colleguage from Germany gave a presentation about some examples in their organisation to integrate disadvantage youth to the labour market: coaches check interships, organise work based trainings, support people with information, guiding the participants and research of companies. Finally Turkey presented the Turkish education system in and explained the tasks of the guide and research center (GDA) in Izmir.
It was very interesting to hear about the results on the finished Peer Group visits which were carried out during the last months in Austria, Germany and Turkey.
During the 2-days meeting we visited a VET centre, where disadvantaged youth have the possibility to get training during various measures and will have the possibility to complete an apprenticeship training: SBW Schweriner Bildungswerk, http://www.schweriner-bildungswerkstatt.de/ .
Furthermore, we visited a school “Mecklenburgischen Förderzentrums Schwerin“, a primary and secondary school for youth with physical impairments. The tour through the school was guided by young students from the sixth grade: http://www.mfzk-schwerin.de/
3rd Transnational Partner-Meeting – 30 September – 1 October 2014/ Nesvehir, TURKEY
A third meeting within the partnership was carried out in Turkey again.
The main focus during the 2-days meeting was on the planning procedure of the peer Group visits. The Goal of these biliteral visits to one or more project partners are to improve in-depth discussion and exchange between organisations with similar difficulties or interests or create potential to learn from each other.
We spent some time during the meeting to have a joint reflection and brainstroming on the final product of the YOUVET project, the “Good Practice Kit”. This good practice collection – with contributions by all partners – will include identified best-practice examples from Austria, Germany and Turkey during the 4 content phases of the project.
2nd Transnational Partner-Meeting – 10-11 April 2014/ Izmir, TURKEY
The second transnational project meeting was held in Izmir, Turkey.
We started with a warmly welcome our new colleagues from Germany and Turkey and Michaela as project coordinator from Austria gave an overview about the project itself as well as the tasks completed so far and the common challanges during the meeting and the next months. This was a very important part to reach a common level of understand among all participants and enable them to better define and structure their future task.
After presentation on VET-systems in the partner countries we discussed about work based solutions to tackle disadvantaged youth in initial VET. We developed a template to present results national approaches with increased work based and practical training components for better inclusion in initial VET.
1st Transnational Partner-Meeting – 8-9 October 2013 / Graz, AUSTRIA
From October 8 to 9, 2013, the project partners met for their first transnational meeting in Graz. With all core partners from Austria, Germany and Turkey we discussed in detail the project objectives, aims, process and the different project phases. A lively exchange between the participants followed. There was a mutual exchange of experiences, innovative ideas and understanding that was very beneficial to the five partner-organisations from the 3 countries.
The workgroups very intensively worked on the description and analysis matrix for definition of disadvantages for young people. To combine theory and practice can often be quite tricky. The working units brought some challenges. To find common results of what is considered a disadvantage for young poeple in Initial Vocational Education Training were discussed in detail and analysed.
As part of our partner meeting, we also visited the Jugend am Werk training centre Graz where the “Integrative Vocational training for young people” takes place. Presentation of the Integrative Vocational Training – Model JaW Austria -> Integrative Vocational Training – Model JaW Austria During the 2nd meeting-day we had a guided tour through the workshops and manufactury of the Team Styria Werkstätten GmbH.
Peer Group Visits
According to the national situations and interests each partner choosed one or more partner organisations for bilateral visits. These peer group visits provided the opportunity of in-depth discussions and exchange at a bilateral level. Learners has been involved and different visits (Training centres, providers of vocational education, chambers, employment services …) assured an active exchange that was useful for all participants.
07-09/07/2015 – Berlin, GERMANY
Visiting organisation: Jugend am Werk Steiermark, Austria
Hosting organisation: August-Sander-Schule, Germany
After approval by the Austrian National Agency end of June 2015 to have an extra visit in Berlin the exchange was organized together with the August-Sander School and agreed on an very „measure-oriented“ approach.
For both organisation it was very interested to talk about problems how to overcome the situation of the more and more difficult environment of the young students and which possiblities teachers and trainers can provide during the training sessions and teaching lessons to create good learning conditions for those target group. During the visit Ms Michaela Meier had the possibility to discuss with teachers and trainers from individual training sections and also to exchange experiences with the rector of the school.
The August Sander School is a vocational school preparing students with special education needs for their future careers in different job areas. There are roughly 650 students attending the classes every year and the school staff consists of 77 teachers and three social workers, who are highly qualified in vocational and special education fields:
27-30/04/2015 – Graz, AUSTRIA
Visiting organisations: BBW in der DAA (Germany), EGECED (Turkey), CAPPADEMY (Turkey)
Hosting organisations: Jugend am Werk Steiermark & Team Styria Werkstätten, Austria
The visit was organized by the both Austrian organisations. In total 16 people (branch managers, school managers and directors, teachers, representatives from the ministry of education and project managers) attended the peer visit in Graz.
One the first day the group visited the manufactory of Team Styria where approx. 70% of the employees are disabled and work in the production area. The training part is organised in a academy, where the courses for youth are provided in workshops and class rooms. http://www.teamstyria.at/
The lunch was provided from voung students at the Vocational Training Center in Mürzzuschlag, an I-VET center of Jugend am Werk. In the afternoon the group had the possibility to visit the different workshops of the training center and discuss on different issues of VET.
In the afternoon the participants had the possibility – while visiting the several workshop areas (gardening, wood working, metall working and kitchen/catering – to discuss the different issues and talk with the VET trainers as well as with the VET managers. http://jaw.or.at/einrichtung/s/ausbildungszentrum-muerzzuschlag
On the 2nd day we visited the “Landesberufschule” in Fürstenfeld. This school is a part-time vocational school (during the dual VET – apprenticeship). That means, the educational tasks are split between two providers: a company (where the student get trained in practicial issues) and the part-time vocational school, where the priority is on both, but mostly theoretical oriented.
In afternoon started with a cultural programme in Stübing. The Austrian Open Air Museum provides a comprehensive introduction to rural life in Austria in the past. In addition to multi-functional buildings which combine living quarters, service rooms barn and byre under the same roof, there are also a large number of outbuildings and smaller structures which were built for a very specific and often quite limited purpose, such as an authentic baking oven and the charcoal kiln. Since the museum includes buildings from all the Austrian provinces, it also facilitates comparison between different vernacular styles in the different regions. Our guests liked it.
13-16/04/2015 – Izmir, TURKEY
Visiting organisations: Jugend am Werk (Austria), Team Styria (Austria)
Hosting organisations: EGECED (Turkey)
The visit in April was jointly planned by Jugend am Werk and Team Styria. Together with 3 branch managers, 5 VET Trainers and in total 7 VET students we started the first day in Izmir with an extensive cultural programme. In a guided tour we took a walk through the remainings of Ephesos, once a very big (greek) city with very long history. On the hill near the ancient site the church of Lady Mary was found – there we got a guided tour too.
On the 2nd day the tour through various VET schools in the district of Bornova started. We started the challanging day with the visit at the Directorate of Bornova District for National Education, where we got an overview of the Turkish School System and the district of Bornova with its 300 schools.
Overall, we visited 4 VET schools for students without handicapts and for students with verious disabilities. Furthermore, a guidance center which helps disadvantaged students and their parents to find approbiate education at no expense to parents. And finally, an apprenticeship center with 15 different job Areas. The center has around 1800 students.
22-25/03/2015 – Nesvehir, TURKEY
Visiting organisations: Jugend am Werk (Austria), Team Styria (Austria)
Hosting organisations: CAPADEMY (Turkey)
Our hosting Organisation CAPADEMY has an intensive cooperation with vocational schools in the region of Cappadocia to contribute those Schools in increasing the quality of the vocational education and training. One of the main target groups are youth who have socially and economically disadvantages. For these students, they provide vocational guidance via cooperation with private sector and governmental authorities.
We started the 2-days tour with a visit of a school for disabled youth. The students are getting trained there in theoretical and practical subjects. After Primary and Secondary School the students can go to a High School or Vocational School, depenting on their impairment. The school is cooperating with companies in the regions, where the students have the possibility to have an internship.
After the visit of a further Primary and Secondary School for youth with disability the group has been guest at a Vocational School for Tourismn. The difference of this school is, that this education school integrates a hotel where the students get practicial trained directly in the school, including a boarding school for disadvantaged youth from more distant regions. They invited us to be their guests for lunch and we enjoyed a delicious meal.
In the afternoon we visited a center for people with disability which provides day-care facilities for people suffering from mental or multiple handicaps. The councellors offer them a daily structure and a creative programme.
The last stop at the first day was a guidance and councelling center (RAM). They offer diagnostic and psychological Support for children and youth with disability or the the need of special support. In addition, they offer advice for schools and the school staff.
The 2nd day offered a rich and varied cultural programme. The 8 guests (1 service manager, 3 branch managers, 2 VET trainers and 2 VET students) were able to visit and experience a guided tour through the Zelve Open Air Museum and the Dervent Red Valley. The day ended with a visit of the Mustafa-Pasa-Village and a carpet Gallery.
02-06/02/2015 – Schwerin, GERMANY
Visiting organisations: CAPADEMY (Turkey)
Hosting organisations: BBW in der DAA (Germany)
All in all 4 teachers and school managers from Capademy attended the peer visit in Germany. The started the first day with a visit of the MWS school (Modulare Weiterbildungsschule). The school is under the Roof of DAA (Deutsche Angestellten Akadamie). The school adresses 2 types of target groups. First, people older than 25 years who have suffered from a health problem and could not go on with their own occupation and need to change their original profession. The second group is consisted by the learners who are between 18 to 25 and completed a school graduation or a Vocational Education Training and would like to change their profession.There are various reasons but mainly health problems.
In the afternoon the guests from Turkey visited the Bba School in Schwerin. The school is operated by DAA. The school is also in huge collaboration with the other schools which are under DDA. The target group are youth between 16 to 25 who are mostly physically and mentally disabled. The students follow their education by a two days training at the workplace, 2 days training at the VET school and a further day at Bba school. Each student is supervised by a mentor teacher. The teachers have a great co-operation with the parent to follow the improvements of the students.
The next stop was the AbH School in Schwerin. The school offers support for youth but also adult learners. The school is focused on health related profession areas. The target group is composed of people who wants to change profession because of health reasons and other personal reasons.The school is in close cooperation with the unemployment office.
The day closed with a guided tour to the Schwerin Castle.
On the 2nd day was organised in Hamburg, where the team visited the ASU School for youth between 17 and 25. The students profile pass from immigrants to drug users as well as students with social problems. The school operates the training with a co-operation of the unemployment office and they offer the pedogogical trainings according to the students needs.
The next stop was at the BVB School. Students between 17 to 25 years are getting prepared for a school qualification. In Following profession trainings are available: hairdresser, health assistance, carpenter, gardener and electronics. The programme provides a 10 to 12 months training for the students.
A cultural programme rounded the day off: A walk to the Hamburger Rathaus and the City hall.
06-09/10/2014 – Graz, Austria
Visiting organisations: BBW in der DAA (Germany)
Hosting organisations: Jugend am Werk Steiermark GmbH (Austria)
Besides visiting the hosting organisation Jugend am Werk, Suse Topp attended a 1-day seminar which was organised within the European project “EQF meets ECVET”: http://www.eqfmeetsecvet.eu/project-en
For many people with intellectual and learning difficulties, with migration background, for drop-outs and people from sectors of society with low educational achievement it is impossible to finish, even to enter formal VET programmes. But without recognised certificate access to the labour market is seriously compromised. To ease these target groups’ access to VET and also to lifelong learning training, programmes must be tailored to these learners’ needs.
On the 2nd day a visit of different VET areas of Jugend am Werk Steiermark was planned. On behalf of the Public Employment Service Jugend am Werk runs a I-VET center for disadvantaged youth.
Inclusive IVET mainly targets young people with special pedagogical and educational support needs at the end of compulsory schooling, young people without any, or with a negative, lower secondary school qualification, as well as those who cannot complete an apprenticeship without special support.
The students are starting with a 6 months professional orientation, where they have the possilibity to get a practical training in inhouse workshops for metalworking, woodworking, electronics, trade and cleaning, kitchen range. During further 6 months of professional preparation they bild up their working experiences in cooperation with enterprises by completing of internships. After that, I-VET provides for two alternatives: either the training is completed over an apprenticeship period that is prolonged by up to two years (either the training is completed over an apprenticeship period that is prolonged by up to two years, or it is restricted to partial areas of an apprenticeship, or it is restricted to partial areas of an apprenticeship (either the training is completed over an apprenticeship period that is prolonged by up to two years, or it is restricted to partial areas of an apprenticeship (partial qualification).
The next stop of the visit was the Production School of Jugend am Werk . Key aspects of this measure are the stabilisation of socially disadvantaged youths without continued school education or professional training as well as their preparation for continuing training or their entry into the employment market. At the core of the educational concept is learning by producing – that is, knowledge and skills are conveyed especially by working in concrete areas of production. Jugend am Werk is runing 3 Production Schools in Styria: 1 in Graz, 1 in Deutschlandsberg and 1 in Leoben.