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IDES - Introduction of Dual Education System and Identification of Its Quality

Introduction of Dual Education System and Identification of Its Quality

Project number: 2019-1-SK01-KA202-060776

 

 


Project identification

 

  PROGRAMME:   Erasmus+
  KEY ACTION:   KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
  ACTION:    KA202 Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training
  MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT:   Innovation
  PROJECT TITLE:   Introduction of Dual Education System and Identification of Its Quality
  PROJECT ACRONYM:   IDES
  PROJECT TOTAL DURATION:   24 months
  PROJECT START DATE:   03-11-201
  PROJECT END DATE:   02-11-2021

 

 

Youth unemployment is not a recent phenomenon. It was high over the last few decades. During the Great Recession, and the corresponding cyclical downturn, youth unemployment in EU surged markedly (it increased from 15% in 2007 to 24% in 2013). The ongoing economic recovery has led to improved labour market conditions, but the youth unemployment rate is still high. (M. Draghi - President of the ECB, 2017) Today one of six young Europeans on the labour market cannot find a job.
Involved countries have many socio-economic problems, such as high unemployment rate, brain drain, depopulation. The project is focusing on young people in risk of being unemployed. Youth unemployment rate in 2018 in project partner countries was as follows: Latvia 12.2%, Poland 11.7%, Slovakia 15.4% and Slovenia 9.7%. (Eurostat - Youth unemployment rate - % of active population aged 15-24).
 
Need analysis:
 
In the participating countries, there is a clear mismatch between the educational systems and the demands of the labour markets, which causing high youth unemployment and at the same time a growing lack of skilled work force. Young adults aren’t interested in studying at VET schools, also the issue in these countries is that parents and teachers advise them that only the path of studying at University will be a career success. Educational paths for young adults are not balanced between academic and vocational training.
 
Most significant obstacles
 
1.Lack of awareness of potential VET students about the benefits of dual education and the lack of interest in choosing VET school instead of more general education at grammar school
 
2.Legislative environment, which gradually improves the conditions for entry of all those involved in the dual system
 
A tightened school-workplace linkage as a key factor in improving the youth unemployment situation in Europe
 
A dual education system combines apprenticeships in a company and vocational education at a vocational school in one course.
Vocational education is designed to guarantee that workers have work related skills that make them immediately useful to companies. Especially when faced with unemployment problems, it may be good policy to make sure that the education system is providing the skills most needed by the economy.
 
The aim of the project:
to strengthen the key practical competences and skills of young people during their study at secondary vocational schools (VET institutions) and also after their graduation to be more competitive and better prepared for labour market in order to better utilize local human resources, to increase economic development of rural areas and to prevent brain drain.

 

Objectives:
 
To analyse and compare the dual education systems and related experiences of involved, which will result to recommendation for national level decision makers (if necessary, to legislative changes too).
 
To highlight the perspective of vocational educational training in the form of awareness among the general public - to define steps toward better awareness of VET institutions and their approaches (incl. dual education) among pupils, their parents and companies.
 

Target groups:

 

Students of primary school at their final year with their parents will be informed about the benefits of dual education system.
 
Also managers of companies will learn about the benefits of this education system.
 
Management of VET institutions receive communication manual and relevant tools to use in process of communication with potential trainees and also with companies.
 
Policy makers will be addressed by various effective channels (e. g. via regional government) with prepared proposals and recommendations to provide feedback with aim of permanent optimising of the educational environment.

 

Indirectly trainees will profit from better quality of VET sector, which will be improved by produced outputs.
 
Intellectual outputs
 
IO1 Comparative analysis of dual education systems of involved countries and country specifics recommendations for policy makers
     ACTIVITY LEADING ORGANIZATION: VISC (LATVIAN PARTNER)

IO2A: Communication plan
     ACTIVITY LEADING ORGANIZATION: RARR (POLISH PARTNER)

IO2B: Communication tool – Videos
     ACTIVITY LEADING ORGANIZATION: ARR (SLOVAK PARTNER)

IO2C: Communication tool – Brochure
     ACTIVITY LEADING ORGANIZATION: GZS (SLOVENIAN PARTNER)
 
Learning/Teaching/Training activities
 
Events will be attended by representatives of all project partners, from VET institutions and companies involved in WBL.
Discussions will be aimed at comparing situation in the involved countries, searching possibilities of improvement of current state. 
There will be 4 trainings (1 in each involved country). Trainings will be aimed at different topics:
  • C1 Training on Dual education in the sector of Crafts and connection between work-based learning and social entrepreneurship 
  • C2 Training on Dual education in the sector of Metal industry and machinery building and company’s training program for the apprentice 
  • C3 Training on topic Dual education in the sector of business 
  • C4 Training on topic of dual education on services and new initial vocational education curriculum (modular programs)

 

Project partners

 

LEAD PARTNER:              
KSK - KOSICKY SAMOSPRAVNY KRAJ
(Kosice Self-governing Region), Slovakia
 
PARTNER 1:                     
RARR - RZESZOWSKA AGENCJA ROZWOJU REGIONALNEGO SPOLKA AKCYJNA 
(Rzeszow Regional Development Agency, RARR), Poland
 
PARTNER 2:                     
GZS - GOSPODARSKA ZBORNICA SLOVENIJE
(Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia), Slovenia
 
PARTNER 3:                     
VISC - VALSTS IZGLITIBAS SATURA CENTRS
(National Education Centre), Latvia
 
PARTNER 4:                     
ARR - AGENTURA NA PODPORU REGIONALNEHO ROZVOJA KOSICE
(Agency for the Support of Regional Development Kosice); Slovakia