Project: „Innovative approaches for identifying and responding to vocational education and training needs of disadvantaged youth”
Contract number BG051PO001-7.0.01-0014-C001
The project is implemented with the financial support of the Human Resources Development Operational Programme 2007-2013, co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union.
Beneficiary: Foundation for development of the cultural and business potential of civil society /FDCBPCS/ (Bulgaria)
Partner 1: Sdruzhenie „Mladezhko druzhestvo za sport I turizam ‘Zdravets’“ /MDST „Zdravets“/ (Bulgaria)
Partner 2: Åqualita, Institut fur Qualifizierung und Vernetzung in Europa e.V. /Institut equalita/ (Germany)
The application of approaches for cultural and peer learning has still not been deeply infiltrated into the EU practices, despite the fact that it has been used as an extremely successful training method in some projects in cooperation with culture youth groups from Asia, South America and Africa for decades now. The innovativeness of this type of training is rooted in the fact that training is taken out of the boundaries we are familiar with, namely the teacher-trainee relationship and turns all participants into trainers and trainees at the same time. This approach is based on the understanding that every person is able to give some knowledge to the others.
On the other hand the information and communication technologies are still mainly listed in the group of media influencing the youths and their involvement in the educational process in a negative way. Youths are attracted to the Internet and the ICT so remarkably strong and this should be used more successfully training purposes. Distance learning – many geographically dispersed or situated in a single place trainees or trainers, working from a different venue, working online simultaneously or implementing personal tasks separately – creates possibilities, which would otherwise be impossible for youths living in remote EU regions or excluded from the educational system, but interested to get qualifications. Distance learning is innovative in its unlimited opportunities with regard to topics, programs, languages of training provision, duration and so on. The experience of the FDCBPCS and Institut equalita e.V. in the development and provision of such trainings, as well as the broad access of Mladezhko druzhestvo za sport I turizam “Zdravets” to the target groups in Bulgaria will guarantee the successful implementation and integration of the project results into training practices.
The consortium will also seek innovation in the approaches used for researching training needs – both on behalf of the youths and the business.
The innovative approaches for researching the training needs, as well as the innovative training approaches themselves, will be closely integrated in the activities of all participants in the present consortium, in order to be transformed into a specific specialization and, in the long term, to respond to a particular niche in the VET sector and to support the process of solving a serious problem, registered not only on a local and national level, but on a common European level.
Objectives of the project
The project aims to support the participating partners and their colleagues and beneficiaries from Bulgaria and Germany for the exchange of ideas and plans about:
- fight with discrimination and integration
- professional inclusion (labour market integration) and social inclusion
- lifelong learning and using information technologies
- job seeking and equal opportunities for disadvantaged young people
Specific objective(s): application of innovative approaches for identification and responding to needs for professional VET disadvantaged of youths due to ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, social, economic or other reasons.
The direct beneficiaries of the project will be approximately 120 youths (16-24 years old) at a disadvantage as well as experts working in the sphere of professional training and consulting for youths from the districts of Sofia and Gabrovo in Bulgaria.
The indirect beneficiaries will be youths (16-24 years old) at a disadvantage as well as training organizations, which work with such trainees in Bulgaria and Germany.
Main activities for implementation of the project are:
1. Comparison between the development in Germany and Bulgaria in the VET sphere for disadvantaged persons and the opportunities created for distance learning. The activity includes visits and know-how exchanges between staff and experts from Bulgaria and Germany. The activity aims to establish the level of introduction and application of innovative training methods within the two countries and to specify innovative training methods interesting for transferring between the two countries.
2. Conducting coordinated joint research and evaluation of development indicators for the practice of identifying VET needs and development of VET programs for disadvantaged youth. The activity aims to research and evaluate existing methods for identification/recognition of training needs of VET, as well as approaches for development of adequate training programs from the point of view of their applicability with the target groups.
3. Dissemination and exchange of information, good practices and experiences in successful identification of VET needs and usage of innovative training approaches.
4. Exchange of experiences during an educational visit in Cologne. The activity aims to implement an exchange of experiences between experts from Bulgaria and Germany and selection of good practices to transfer.
5. Import, transfer and adaptation of a selection of models and innovative practices from Germany. The activity aims to enrich the Bulgarian practice through import, adaptation and successful transfer of models and innovative practices in the sphere of vocational training for disadvantaged youths.
6. Management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the project. The activity aims at achieving successful management of all project activities, monitoring of the achieved results and their correspondence to what has been promised in the application, evaluation of the effects of the results and successful reporting of the project.
The main results of the projects will be:
- A comparative analysis of the developments in Bulgaria and Germany in the field of VET and the possibilities of distance learning and cultural peer learning
- Analysis of methods used for researching trainings needs of youths in socio-economic isolation – national analyses for Bulgaria and Germany and comparative analysis.
- Analysis of methods used for development of training programs for youths in socio-economic
isolation - national analyses for Bulgaria and Germany and comparative analysis.
- Elaborated list, analysis of interested parties and methodology for their inclusion in the project
activities and regular updating.
- Developed poster, brochure and 2 informational articles
- Developed project web-site in Bulgarian language, with summaries in English and German.
All products will be freely available from the web-site.
- Developed electronic bulletin – at least 6 issues.
- 6 informational seminars for 120 representatives of the target groups from the districts of Sofia and Gabrovo.
- Conducted training visit to Cologne, Germany for exchange of experiences within 4 days
- Expert assessment of the selection of good practices for import from Germany.
- Developed monitoring matrixes for all project activities
- Developed evaluation of the effectiveness of the project and the achieved results.
- Developed technical and financial reports under the project.
- Conducted 4 face-to-face project meetings and at least 4 online project meetings through the resources of flashmeeting.
For contacts and information about the project:
Bulgaria – Zornitsa Staneva, Foundation for development of the cultural and business potential of civil society
Bulgaria – Tsvetan Tsonev, Sdruzhenie “Mladezhko druzhestvo za sport I turizam ‘Zdravets’”
Germany - Ulrich Diermann, Equalita, Institut fur Qualifizierung und Vernetzung in Europa e.V.
“This document was prepared with the financial support of the Human Resources Development Operational Program, co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund.
All responsibility for the content of the document lies with the Foundation for development of the cultural and business potential of civil society and under no circumstances may be assumed that this document reflects the official opinion of the European Union or the Ministry of labor and social policy.”