EICON has chosen a participatory approach to involve a wider audience in the creation of results. The project partners develop draft results on which a wider community can then comment, revise, or add points relevant from their point of view. The respective consultation platform went online now with the draft results of the first transnational project meeting, thematic focus "Pedagogy & teaching / learning approaches".
The third transnational project meeting has been finished. Highly valuable presentations by the Directorate of Vocational Education, Unit C – Apprenticeship class and learning at the workplace on "The evolution of the apprenticeship class", by apprenticeship experts and headmasters from Unified Special Vocational High Schools (EN.E.E.GY.-L.) in Patras and Volos on “Inclusion of students with disability in apprenticeship classes with the help of ICT”, and of the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education on "Vocational Education and Training: Policy and Practice in the field of Inclusive Education" made this meeting a huge success. Results of the meeting will be further elaborated and given into our public consultation process in the near future.
The third transnational project meeting of EICOn will take place 11 - 13 June 2019 in Athens, Greece. The meeting will have a closer look at establishing and maintaining links to employment / labour market as relevant activities that contribute towards inclusive VET. The meeting is being organised and hosted by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.
With various highly interesting presentations and discussions at the SPSM premises in Gothenburg the second project meeting ran very successful, thanks to our hosts at SPSM. The discussions focused on the topics of technology and infrastructure. Presentations were given by Eva Selander from Folk high schools (Folkhögskola), Lina Bjarnegård Carlsson from Bräcke diakoni and Dr Martin Lackeus from Chalmers University of Technology.
The preparations for the second transnational project meeting have already started. The meeting will take place 10 - 12 April 2019 in Gothenburg / Sweden, hosted by the partner SPSM.
People with disabilities continue to be disproportionately excluded from the labour market Europe-wide. Vocational education and training (VET) plays a crucial role, as it acts as the joint between school education and the working world. How information and communication technologies (ICT) can be helpful in making VET more inclusive and therefore in better preparing learners for the labour market is the content of the ERASMUS+ project EICON. Project partners just met in Germany for the first of a series of several meetings to exchange good practice and to develop effective solutions.
All of the meetings will focus on specific topics and discuss how ICT can be supportive to raise an organisation’s inclusive capacity. This first meeting dealt with the pedagogy in VET organisations and with different teaching and learning approaches. Participants from six organisations from Finland, Sweden, Portugal, Greece and Germany exchanged effective practice and discussed first recommendations for teachers and managers of VET organisations.
Draft results will soon be shared publicly so that educators around Europe can add their experiences and successful examples. Through this consultation process the results will be consolidated and more likely to fit to the different settings of VET organisations across Europe.
EICON has launched it website to document project steps and results continuously. The website is designed mobile first and accessible so that it should work specifically well on mobile devices like smartphones.
The official start date of the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership in Vocational Education and Training 2018-1-DE02-KA202-005110
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. For different organizational areas der project will elaborate, if and how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used as a lever / amplifier to increase the overall organization’s inclusiveness. EICON is the acronym for ‘Enhancing inclusion capacity of educational organisations / institutions providing VET with information and communication technologies (ICT)’. The project runs from 1 November 2018 until 31 October 2020.
Six partners from Germany, Portugal, Greece, Sweden and Finland have joined forces to elaborate practice-oriented recommendations. Partners come from organisations that provide VET (Ammattiopisto Live (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).