A new target group for european mobility will be defined

For all participating organizations it is vital that the number of trainees that come from socially disadvantaged groups to study at vocational and technical schools is growing. These trainees often have a low level of basic skills and are in the risk category of trainees that drop out of VET. The trainees that do remain in the vocational education often lack self-confidence and motivation and face the risk of social exclusion from both the national and the European labour markets. Among these students many have a refugee or migrant background but there are also students that have special-needs, for instance students with learning disabilities, dyslexia and so on.

The number of obstacles (social, financial, cultural, individual and family obstacles) these students face affect their education and unfortunately many of the obstacles are so big that that they chose to drop out of school. Even if teachers and the staff are aware that obstacles exist, the problem and the question teachers often ask are: How can we motivate the students to overcome the obstacles they face? How can we give the students the support and the guidance they need to stay motivated so that they will graduate? Is this a problem that is typical for this region or is it a global problem?

This partnership project offers us partners an excellent possibility for joint development and discussion in an international context regarding the obstacles the trainees in risk of social exclusion face in VET.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness among teachers for the different obstacles trainees at risk of social exclusion face during their internships. This raised awareness is useful when preparing trainees for an international labour market and in rebuilding their self esteem.

To reach this goal a multilingual guidance book will be produced during the two year period of the project.