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RESULTS

Needs and problems were identified on a local level during former projects with a clear competitive advantage of Austria and Germany to Spain, Greece and especially Italy. Austrian  regions benefit from a mature system of collaboration between VET and business to be transferred as an established practice, but still need investment on quality assurance and monitoring of WBL impact. German regions, being a lighthouse country on dual system and WBL in Europe, need a revamping of VET Business relationships with further professionalization of practitioners for a new attractiveness for enterprises engaging in WBL though. IT-field is facing an educational reform based on dual system and WB.  VET-business contact is a new challenging relationship to be shaped, also benefiting from knowledge about transfer and exchange of experiences in a European interregional cooperation framework, but eventually acting locally to produce concrete and sustainable results on the ground for becoming then transferable to other EU regions. 

The reform of vocational education in Greece has not followed suit and steps are planned to be taken in this direction in the near future, both from the part of the Ministry of Education and from the part of the Public Employment Service (OAED) which intends to reform the apprenticeship system. Currently, the delivery of the existing Greek apprenticeship scheme presents a number of weaknesses, compounded by the fact that the image of the vocational route in Greek society continues to be low, while the apprenticeship system in spite of achieving good outcomes for students, suffers from its small scale and the scarcity of work placements, especially with private sector employers.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

- To develop (Italy, Spain, Greece) and strengthen (Germany and Austria), collaborative factors are used by key stakeholders involved in VET business partnerships development, including a more open and positive entrepreneurial mindset towards WBL and apprenticeships

- Upgrade and innovate existing training tools and training programs for practitioners in education/work based settings

- To create more effective cooperation between private, intermediary and public bodies through the design and testing of new cooperation structures with a ground basis application

- To raise the quality assurance mechanisms in WBL with an in-depth qualitative analysis of main elements challenging or fostering a more systematic VET-business development in regional contexts

NEEDS TO BE ADRESSED

- To bridge the gap between the worlds of education and business

- To give new impetus to VET-business commitment in mature regions through continuous training for practitioners

- To contribute to reduce youth unemployment rate and skills mismatch strengthening WBL element in VET

- Lack of active and continuous participation of social partners in the process of design, delivery and monitoring of WBL

EXPECTED RESULTS IN SHORT TERM

- A deeper knowledge about VET-business cooperation structures in EU in participating organizations, associated partners and local stakeholders

- New training programs for the five countries addressed to VET-business practitioners and stakeholders

- Innovative ICT educational tools developed by experienced and qualified partners and validated on the European level

- An European network of training institutions, private companies, social partners and public bodies investing on cooperation for boosting learning in the workplace for ground impacts on youth

- An effective capacity building of European key practitioners via transnational comparison of practices and innovation based on skills needed

EXPECTED RESULTS IN LONG TERM

- Increased professional preparation and higher quality skills in key and multiplying actors of VET-business partnerships and WBL

- Sustainable cooperation structures among complementary key stakeholders with a multiplying effect on other local EU contexts

- Increased opportunities for qualitative training in the workplace for students and apprentices

- New long-term policies on VET innovation and employment horizons delivered by inspired policy makers on a regional and national level in order to anticipate changes in job market requirements, investing in targeted qualification for the human capital with an impact on youth unemployment

FOR EACH PARTNER WE EXPECT DURING AND AFTER THE PROJECT

- An extended networking activity, local as international, of practitioners on WBL approach and knowledge on VET-business implementation practices in EU

- A better comprehension of technical skills needed from companies to conceive useful and effective WBL experiences

- A better local and transnational cooperation for conceiving quicker employment tracks for students supported by effective learning in work-based settings

- Multiplying effects on creation of continuous innovation in learning tools and matching between education and work with a wide spread comprehension of the importance of WBL through project outputs and dissemination on local and EU level

- Relevant dissemination impact on local and European level for all partners working on final methodology and awareness raising activities on WBL, in order to create multiplying effects especially on external key actors, entrepreneurs and other local bodies

- High and effective dissemination results through a communication strategy with targeted campaigns in order to involve the largest number of relevant stakeholders in EU and in each country for creating a massive outreach in terms of adoption of new training tools in continuous professional development and inside enterprises

FOR VET-EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS

- Professional development of organizations' practitioners through training programs and tools strictly connected to WBL demanding for quality assurance and monitoring 

- a committed participation by our teachers/tutors in training courses in order to arouse a continuous interest in colleagues (peer to peer approach)

- To raise the level of WBL experience for our students and make the transition from school to work easier and more effective adding more practice to learning process

- To innovate our approach with companies for WBL integrated programs and with social partners

- Through networking and dissemination activities to deepen the contact and the operational links with European local companies, comprehension of real skills' demand on the local and EU job market and activate in future mobility of internships/apprenticeships in foreign companies

FOR ENTERPRISES

- To build new/intensify effective cooperation strategies with VET-educational partners and stakeholders in order to promote WBL, prepare our future labor force and ease recruiting phases

- More qualified in-company trainers and tutors with a special advancement as far as quality assurance in WBL and monitoring processes are concerned

- A clearer comprehension of EU policies supporting human capital development through its financial instruments and programs, such as Erasmus+. We expect a multiplying peer to peer effect, encouraging other private companies to participate to future Erasmus+

- A significant increase in numbers of students and internships in companies at the end of the project

FOR SOCIAL PARTNERS AND PUBLIC BODIES

- A clearer and more active role in VET-business cooperation structures

- Qualified practitioners and officers ready to include WBL as local driver for youth policies

- Cooperation on transnational level for joint activities