Project ECAPSE

We want to enable a common understanding and promote better cooperation as well as support young people with special needs and increase collaboration between Vocational Education Organisations, health services, employer organisations, business and enterprises.

Unemployment among young people in the countries of our partnership is high and Lidköping's youth unemployment of 20% is among the highest in the region. Research and statistics show that many young people end up in isolation from an early age, which goes against Lidköping Municipality's vision to be a welcoming and sustainable municipality. The responsibility for supporting young people's development and progress into employment is shared by different players according to diverse circumstances but a common approach is vital.

Project Idea

Title

Early co-ordinated actions preventing social exclusion.

Our idea is based on finding a common training model for staff who encounter young people in their work. All staff in our units will be trained in these methods to create a shared vision and responsibility for young people who are often passed between different agencies.

Summary

We want to enable a common understanding and promote better cooperation as well as support young people with special needs and increase collaboration between Vocational Education Organisations, health services, employer organisations, business and enterprises.

Unemployment among young people in the countries of our partnership is high and Lidköping's youth unemployment of 20% is among the highest in the region. Research and statistics show that many young people end up in isolation from an early age, which goes against Lidköping Municipality's vision to be a welcoming and sustainable municipality. The responsibility for supporting young people's development and progress into employment is shared by different players according to diverse circumstances but a common approach is vital.

Aims

Our aim is to develop and share a piloted programme which assists in reducing alienation, drop-out, mental illness and unemployment, thereby increasing the possibility of young people entering the open labour market.

Our partnership has been carefully constructed to ensure that it represents experience and high skills working with young people, transnational innovation and also represents a wide range of organisations. The CO-APP is a Swedish Municipality whilst the other partners include a private Italian organisation, a UK Public sector VET college, the largest Bulgarian NGO working in VET, a charitable trust VET provider in Germany and a UK charity providing education and training to disadvantaged young people.

Exclusion and unemployment among young people is a problem throughout the EU area today. Youth unemployment is as high as 22.5% in the EU and even higher, 22.6% in Sweden. Dropout from school is a common problem.

The concrete result is sharing and tailoring a previously developed training model that is aimed at staff (VET professionals/trainers/teachers) who meet young people and work with a common vision and values in relation to supporting them into employment or vocational training and ensure they are well supported throughout the organisation.

Previous experiences of international project work have shown that our organisation has developed and gained an increased in quality in similar areas. In this project partners want to increase their knowledge of how to handle these issues relating to other countries and how to disseminate that knowledge. Sharing knowledge on an international level between method and methodology in the field of youth engagement is important to enhance each participant's ability to perform their work in a better way.

Another goal is that through this educational effort we can prevent young people dropping out from school, support more young people taking and passing exams and increase their employability. These targets will reduce the risk of exclusion and promote the required conditions for health equity.

Description

We want to enable a common understanding and promote better cooperation as well as support young people with special needs and increase collaboration between Vocational Education Organisations, health services, employer organisations, business and enterprises.

The aim is to share a piloted programme which assists in reducing alienation, drop-out, mental illness and unemployment, thereby increasing the possibility of entering the open labour market.

Another goal is that through this educational effort we can prevent young people dropping out from school, support more young people taking and passing exams and increase their employability. These targets will reduce the risk of exclusion and promote the required conditions for health equity.

The concrete result is sharing and tailoring a previously developed training model that is aimed at staff (VET professionals/trainers/teachers) who meet young people and work with a common vision and values in relation to supporting them into employment or vocational training and ensure they are well supported throughout the organisation.

Product information

The final product will be an online-based training model that can be used by all partners, and the wider public through open access.