Results Checklists

Establishing & maintaining links to employment / labour market

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This checklist is the result of a meeting of experts that took place 11 - 13 June 2019 in Athens / Greece, and of a subsequent consultation process involving further experts external to the EICON project consortium.

No matter if you are reflecting on characteristics (or quality attributes) of an information or communication technology (ICT) or on specific digital media that you intend to acquire, or on a digitalisation strategy you plan to implement, the following questions might be helpful to proactively scrutinizing their respective potential contribution to inclusive vocational education and training (VET).

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The following questionnaire explores to which extent ICT can be supportive or beneficial to establish and maintain the required links to employment and the labour market, or even create new opportunities for creating and nurturing links of a totally new quality. Because ICT in itself will not suffice to run these activities, the following two sections look both at technologies and respective processes to utilise these technologies for the intended purposes. The questionnaire is divided into questions relating to establishing new links and questions relating to maintaining these links once established.

Section 1: Establishing new links to employment and the labour market

Finding new companies that might be of relevance to inclusive VET is a time-consuming task. Fortunately, ICT can be supportive to render this task slightly more efficient. The following questions may be useful to reflect on the potential of various processes and technologies that help to get in touch with, and to establish links, to employment and to the labour market:

Processes

Do you have processes established to …

Technologies

Do you own / rent / subscribed to hardware or software, or plan to procure it, which …

  • a history of joint activities (e.g. training phases, apprenticeships, transitions)
  • contact persons and their respective details
  • a history of previous contacts (e.g., who contacted whom by when and by which means, and main content of the exchange)
  • a broad classification of the companies as partners (e.g. for single, multiple or strategic use)

Section 2: Maintaining links to employment and the labour market

Key to maintaining links is to carve out and fully understand the mutual benefit of a more permanent cooperation between a VET organisation and a company or any other stakeholder. Maintaining the link means to ensure that this win-win ‘survives’ over time.

Processes

Do you have processes established to …

Technologies

Do you own / rent / subscribed to hardware or software, or plan to procure it, which …

Context

The main objective of the Strategic Partnership EICON is to support organizations / institutions providing vocational education and training (VET) to become more inclusive using information and communication technology (ICT). Managers of organizations / institutions that are active in VET are particularly in need for guidance on how to further develop, as they often have to work towards multiple aims simultaneously, i.e. inclusion usually is one among many other aims. EICON particularly explores the inherent potential and synergies in the overlapping section between education, inclusion and digitalisation.

How to use this checklist?

We are convinced that there is no 'one best way' for any organization / institution active in VET to increase its inclusive capacity with ICT. Rather, each one needs to find its own solution that then fits perfectly to its respective situation and requirements. Therefore, we aim to guide organizations / institutions through a thorough review process of its current set-up. This will be done by asking a series of questions, each single one directing the view to an essential area. The idea is that the checklist questions are discussed internally with all relevant stakeholders, and then own conclusions based on the discussion results are drawn. By no means all checklist items need to be answered positively. However, if none of them is met, i.e. a certain ICT / digital media / digitalisation strategy does not address any of the checklist items, then it probably won't impact positively on the respective checklist topic. See also further checklists for other topics (e.g. pedagogy, technology & infrastructure, links to employment and other stakeholders, leadership) under www.eicon-project.eu

All checklist items should be reviewed both at classroom level as well as at organization level, because an increase of an organization's inclusive capacity requires that impact is not limited to the classroom level. On the other hand, a VET organization / institution cannot be inclusive without having inclusion implemented at classroom level, i.e. both levels are essential.

EICON (Enhancing inclusion capacity of educational organizations / institutions providing VET with information and communication technologies (ICT)) is an ERASMUS+ KA2 Strategic Partnership for vocational education and training during 2018 - 2020 (Grant Agreement No.2018-1-DE02-KA202-005110). This checklist has been developed in the context of EICON. It represents the results of discussions among the experts involved in the project as well as a subsequent public consultation process that involved a wider audience in reviewing the intermediate results.

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