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3Es for youths in VET: Engagement, Empowerment, Employability
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project '3Es for youths in VET: Engagement, Empowerment, Employability' focuses on providing adequate programmes and courses for students who were disengaged by compulsory education and for whom vocational education can be a 'second chance' opportunity. The objectives of this project are to increase the youth retention rate in post-secondary education; to give equal opportunities to youths to continue or return to education; and to ensure that the programmes they follow are relevant and increase their chances for employment. A total of five participating organisations will take part in this project. These institutions from Malta, Scotland, Germany and the Netherlands have a profile of 'School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)' while the fifth participant is an Institution from England (U.K.) with a profile of 'School/Institute/Educational centre – Adult education'. The project has three main activities:1. Distinctive CharacteristicsDevelopment of customised Communication Programme and Pastoral Care Programme through reviews of systems already in place, synergy maps, testing & implementation and evaluation.2. Curriculum DevelopmentDevelopment of curricula and key competences for specialist programmes related to vocational fields according to the local context, following research and identification of skills gaps, developing of learning content for potential students & lecturing staff and assessment strategies.3. Development/Upgrade of e-Management Systems for students & staffThrough review, design, development and testing & implementation, an e-management system will be setup to help organise administrative work, facilitate sharing of resources and improve student access.Apart from the above mentioned methods, training events for staff on Attitudes, Teaching Methods & Techniques as well as Design & Evaluation of Curricula will be organised.This project is expected to improve student retention rate especially at lower levels, help students develop stronger citizenship skills, multicultural awareness and employability skills hence increasing students' chances of full employment and/or further education.As a result of this project, the NEETS rate will be targeted such that it continues to be lowered towards the targets set by EU. This is in line with The Europe 2020 flagship inititiative (2011), 'An Agenda for New Skills and jobs, which calls on member states to ensure that people acquire the skills needed for further learning and the labour market through general, vocational and higher education as well as through adult learning.'

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