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Work-Based Training in the school-to-work transition process (WBT)
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Entering the labour market successfully when their schooling is finished is a challenge to young people all over Europe, especially if they are considered disadvantaged. The problem is not only visible in the economically weaker countries in Southern and Eastern Europe, but is also evident in the stronger countries. The barriers that disadvantaged young people face are generally the lack of a proper school degree or educational qualifications, often times accompanied by family related problems such as domestic violence, drug abuse, living in poverty and the like. On top of this, recently immigrated young people often deal with insufficient language skills that are imperative for passing a vocational training program and for finding a job successfully. To address this problem, many countries in Europe introduced 'work-oriented training' methods (WBT) in schools and vocational training programs to create a better link between theory-based learning and practical training. This approach is more stimulating to these students and has shown to produce feelings of success for young learners whose skills and capabilities lie to a greater extent in practical work rather than abstract learning. Nowadays, it´s widely recognized that those countries with an integrated work-based vocational preparation and training system and an apprenticeship-oriented approach are doing better with the successful transition from school to work. But the national transition systems differ from country to country. Furthermore, regardless the national institutional setting may be, the same challenge has to be faced everywhere: how to combine theory learning and practice training efficiently in order to produce sustainable learning success with disadvantaged young people. This is what the strategic partnership is going to work on. The aim is to discover and examine the various work-orientated training approaches being used in European countries and to find out 'what works', striving to disseminate good practices and approaches. The overall aim is to find successful ways or strategies for overcoming long standing learning barriers and blockades in order to create sustainable learning success and to secure the successful integration of young students with learning difficulties into the labour market. To do so, the partnership at first will research the different methods of WBT and illustrate its findings in an overview. Then an online survey will be carried out, sent to all three relevant stakeholders involved in the topic of WBT: teachers, trainers/instructors and the young learners themselves. The interviews will be done through an online questionnaire containing questions about the situation of the specific country as well as questions of overriding importance for all countries. The aim is to find out what are the great advantages of the respective WBT approach in their country; what are the drawbacks; and what kind of improvements can be identified. The online survey will collect at least 20 interviews from each stakeholder group in each country, producing 540 interviews in total. The online survey finally will lead, as the core product, to a Manual of Good Practices that illustrates the different approaches of WBT, documents the findings of the survey, and details best practices-by providing descriptions of demonstrative examples. Next to the direct target group of teachers, trainers and young learners taking part in the online survey on their point of view on work-based training techniques, the students as well as the pedagogic staff of the partner organisations (as public schools, private training centers or consultancy agencies) will benefit from the project since the project and the ongoing work will be presented on occasion of meetings, conferences and open house presentations and the topic of WBT widely be discussed within the organisations and their everyday work routine. All together, the partner organisations count almost 2000 young students and employ 190 teachers and trainers which will be reached by the project´s activities.
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