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About the EICON project

EICON’s main objective is to support organisations / institutions providing Vocational Education and Training (VET) to become more inclusive. In particular, the aim is to put the organisations as a whole in the focus, and not just education and training practice. Managers of these organisations / institutions are particularly in need for guidance on how to further develop their organizations, as they often have to work towards multiple aims simultaneously, i.e. inclusion usually is one among other aims. The typical organizational response to address inclusion is to provide teaching personnel with further qualification and training.

This is essential, but unfortunately not sufficient to reach the aim. Rather, systemic approaches are required to succeed in the inclusion endeavour. Hence, different organizational areas will be analysed, in particular those that are known - from research - to be essential in establishing and maintaining an organisation’s inclusive capacity. For each of these organizational areas it will be discussed and explored, if and how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used within this unit as a lever / amplifier to increase the overall organization’s inclusiveness.

The main project activities will take place ahead, during and after a series of seven face-to-face meetings (approx. 3-monthly), each focusing on a central thematic area: (1) pedagogy & teaching / learning approaches, (2) technology & infrastructure, (3) establishing & maintaining links to employment / labour market, (4) stakeholder involvement, collaboration & partnerships, (5) leadership, (6) transition & target scenarios for VET organisations, (7) continuous improvement process. Each meeting will produce a specific draft outcome that will then be published for a certain time on a consultation platform to collect further ideas, comments or suggested changes from a wider audience in Europe.

Project Team

Johnny Andersson

SPSM

Athina-Anna Christopoulou

Ministry of Education, Research & Religious Affairs

Vassilis Giannakopoulos

SCIFY

Pavlos Isaris

SCIFY

Rosa Neto

CERCICA

Gun Nilsson

SPSM

Pekka Pakkala
Pekka Pakkala

Vocational College Live

Edgar Perreira

CERCICA

Antigoni Poulou

SCIFY

Per Skoglund
Per Skoglund

SPSM

Maria Tranou

Ministry of Education, Research & Religious Affairs

Harald Weber
Harald Weber

(Co-ordinator)
ITA

Partner Organisations

Six partners from Germany, Portugal, Greece, Sweden and Finland have joined forces to elaborate practice-oriented recommendations. Partners come from organisations that provide VET (Invalidisäätiö - Keskuspuisto vocational college (FI) and Cooperativa para a Educação e Reabilitação de Cidadãos Inadaptados de Cascais – CERCICA (PT)), that support organisations / institutions that provide VET (Specialpedagogiska skolmyndigheten – SPSM (SE) and the National Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs (EL)), that provide technology for VET organisations and individuals (EPISTIMI GIA SENA ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIRIA (EL)) and that support organisations in complex change processes (Institut für Technologie und Arbeit – ITA (DE); project coordinator).

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