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Innovative VET Curricula Development and Career Guidance for Learners with Special Needs
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Innovative VET Curricula Development and Career Guidance for Learners with Special Needs" envisions a Learning Mobility of Individuals – 22 VET staff (trainers, career development consultants and administrators of VET programs)from KDVM KAINOTOMIA for 14 working days in partnership with the MBM Training and Development Center, UK The project addresses the urgent need to develop more adequate Disability Career Services in Greece and invest in the design of creative and innovative VET practices to cope with labor market requirements and the needs of VET learners with special needs in Europe. Bridging the gaps of Greek inclusive VET educational strategies in the field of LSN-inclusion, the project aims to study on the British good practices providing extensive teams of professionals working daily in VET institutions in order to cope with the complexities of the VET learners’ needs. It seeks to study on the UK-based and European initiatives supporting learners with special needs through professional and career counseling, vocational guidance and vocational orientation. On the other hand, the learning mobility seeks to study on VET courses that are offered with innovative adapted provisions and monitoring of the learners during all the different educational stages and also throughout the stages of transition; on the methods and approaches of training human resources with the professional background and qualifications to support all VET learners. Our learners are interested to learn how we, as VET providers, could design inclusive and innovative LSN-friendly programs that take into account the socio-economic reality and developments of their respective regions; as well as VET programs closely linked to the skills required in the local labor market. Overall Aim of the project is to deliver a VET mobility for VET teachers administrators, seeking to maximize the inclusion of learners with special needs by adapting the disability career service, designing accommodating VET environment and innovative VET curricula. Project Objectives are to use the staff mobility practice in the UK in order to provide our VET trainers, career counselors and VET program administrators with knowledge and skills that will help them to optimize practical delivery of VET and Career Guidance Services for LSN by: provision of appropriate, effective organizational educational structures (VET program design and administration suitable to the needs of the LSN); training learners support staff: VET trainers, administrators, career counselors; support the design of customized and innovative LSN-friendly VET curricula; promote the usage of experiential supports and assistive technology in VET training for LSN. During our learning mobility our staff will study on the UK Educational Delivery Expertise within Organizational Structures; Specialist Student Support Staff; Mentors and Organizers; Customized Educational Pathways within pre-course trainings; complimentary modules; customized, access courses and gap training. Our learners will also focus on Educational Delivery: Customized Curricula, looking at accessible formats; layered curriculum and flexible delivery as well as on different types of Assistive Technology Support. Specific emphasis will be put on the Staff Training and Development, under the MBM TCD branded special "ResponseAbility" Trainings, working on a range of disability issues and strategies for addressing LSN learning needs, as well as outlining legal obligations, communication strategies, customer service strategies and providing strategies for adapting the VET environment to the special needs of the learners. Learning methodology will be non-formal, inclusive and interactive, providing an open learning platform for professional and inter-cultural exchange between Greek and British partners. Potential long-term project benefits lie within the European development of our efforts towards inclusive and innovative VET and Career Guidance Services and giving them an opportunity to comparatively analyze the UK and Greek experience and seek for collaboration mechanisms for future projects between Greek and UK VET institutions. Addressing the European trend of promoting access to inclusive and innovative LSN-friendly VET opportunities, the project is allowing flexibility in the different stages of the VET system and providing adequate and responsive resources, adapting VET programs to each learner’s specific needs and capacities.

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