European cooperative framework for Dual LEarning
Start date: Sep 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 31, 2018
EuroDuaLE want to open the road for transnational cooperation for the provision of dual learning programmes. HEIs are asked to strenghten the quality of the education provided, for example with the use of ICT solutions and more innovative training approaches, open up to cross-national cooperation and relate more efficiently with the labour market (EU Modernisation Agenda for HE, 2011) . With EuroDuaLE we aim to put HEIs at the centre of a new learning/training framework, a form of transnational dual learning driven by HEIs which promotes formal learning combined with apprenticeship possibilities and work-based learning, as an approach to accompany european youth in their mobility experience. Drawing on the experience of few European inititatives which have open the road for apprenticeships in Europe (the European Alliance for Apprenticeship, Youth Guarantee, Your first Eures Job) and following the priorities indicated in the Europe 2020 Strategy, such as to increase the number of apprenticeships and traineeships where possible in cooperation with education systems, EuroDuaLE promotes the design and implementation of a transnational cooperation framework for dual learning mobility. High unemployment rates, combined with emerging disparities in the labour market between the demand of employers and the skills acquired though traditional education call for urgent action. The project does not have the ambition to change the situation over night, but aims to direct attention toward the development of transnational dual learning programmes, giving students the possibility to combine learning in HEIs with practical training in collaboration with companies and employers, across European countries. Learning from the experience of VET centers, HEIs should become the vehicle for the provision and recognition of innovative forms of blended learning, develop a framework for quality assessment of informal competences, support youth in exploiting the opportunities of a connected Europe for apprenticeship. The framework implies form of physical mobility and virtual mobility, reducing the social costs of migration by using the potential of ICT solutions. The project foresees the design and evaluation of such framework, together with an analysis of barriers and facilitators for youth mobility. A set of recommendations to HEIs, employers in the private and public sectors as well as policy-makers will be produced, to sponsor reforms in line with a stronger European cooperation for dual learning and transnational apprenticeship.
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