The third project meeting was hosted in Brussels by P6-EfVET on the 06-07 November 2019.
During the meeting partners discussed the progress of the project to date, as well as the steps needed in the next months to develop the IO4 – “VET4ALL Mobility Vademecum for Accompanying Persons of Students with Special Needs”. The VET4ALL Mobility Vademecum aims at supplying a very practical tool to the envisaged target (teachers and VET staff) when dealing with students with disabilities/special needs who take part to mobility experiences abroad. It represents the deduction of target group needs, as investigated by project consortium on the several mobility projects carried out by them during the last 10 years and mainly by P3-Reattiva (33 mobility projects managed by the latter on the last 6 years for a total of 2500 VET learners sent abroad, 325 of which were learners with special needs and disabilities).
The Vademecum will effectively support Accompanying Persons during the overall mobility process for students with disabilities/special needs; how learning mobility processes should be organised and quality assured in the hosting enterprise context and will also provide examples of resource materials and sources available for the mobility path success. Partners agreed that each of them would prepare a chapter in the upcoming months.
Moreover, partners discussed also the organization and implementation of the VET4ALL Joint Staff Training Event to be carried out on next May 2020 in Sopuerta (ES), the Multiplier Events to be carried out in each partner country and the Final Project Conference to be carried out in Veliko Tarnovo (BG) on the next 16th June 2020.
On the last six months of the project, each partner organization was busy developing the IO2 – “VET4ALL Training Curriculum for VET Staff” and the IO3 – “VET4ALL In-Company Mentors Vademecum”.
Based on the difficulties and needs pointed out by stakeholders involved in the focus groups of IO1, training modules of IO2 included subjects such as: how to deal with the target group before and during WBL; how to foster company motivation to be involved in WBL; how to investigate the enterprise context and professional needs; how to improve the planning and management of flexible and tailor-made WBL paths; how to evaluate students during WBL, at national and EU level; how to apply Supported Employment measures. A modular structure, the learning outcome approach and the learning-unit design, have been used so that the outcomes of each training module become more visible, understandable and transparent for its users (teachers and VET staff) at EU level. The IO2 Training Curriculum is now ready and it is in its stage of testing phase by each partner organization through local training courses addressed to teachers and VET staff.
Parallel to IO2, the project teams also worked on the IO3 of the project. The IO3 Vademecum for In-Company Mentors, which aims at supporting the success of WBL experiences for students with disabilities and special needs, provides practical methods, possible resources and useful information for mentors on the following areas: selection and proper matching procedures of the learner with the workplace; occupational health and safety requirements for the learner in the workplace; preparation of the learner before the starting of WBL; designing of the student’s Personal Learning Plan (LOs-oriented); debriefing tools to be used with learners during WBL to help them to reflect on what they have learned; ongoing and final evaluation of the learner and transfer of competences achieved. The Vademecum is now ready and it is in its stage of testing phase by each partner organization through a local 4-hour workshop addressed to in-company mentors.