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TTV – Tools of the Trade for Teaching in VET

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Background of the project

The subject of the project is the teaching practice of trainers in VET (vocational and educational training).

The teaching practice of trainers is a strategically important issue for the quality of output and outcome in VET. Therefore the teaching practice has to be focused in the debate on development and the improvement of the VET system.

UP2YOUTH Slide

UP2YOUTH policy seminar, 5-6 March 2009

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UP2YOUTH Slide“Youth – actor of social change. Findings from European youth research” is the title of the UP2YOUTH policy seminar to be held 5-6 March 2009 in Brussels.

This event is organised by the project ‘Youth – actor of social change’ (UP2YOUTH) together with the European Commission’s DG Research and other EU-funded research projects.

International case studies on vocational guidance

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Vocational guidance in Saxony

IRIS is in charge of three case studies on European systems of vocational guidance. The overall objective of the study is to approve the cooperation between the education system and the business world in the Land of Saxony.

The study is done in cooperation with Universität Hildesheim and IRIS e.V. Dresden – the latter being in charge of the overall integration of the part studies.

IRIS Tübingen works out three international case studies on national systems of vocational guidance (Austria, Denmark, United Kingdom) which will be fed into the process of developing the regional system further.

The team at IRIS is: Eva-Maria Bub, Eva Ostertag, Barbara Bumbarger und Sibylle Walter. The team is lead by Andreas Walther and Axel Pohl.

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Information about the expertise

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In 2006, Andreas Walther and Axel Pohl were commissioned to write an expertise on the subject “Learning from Europe – European approaches to support disadvantaged youth” by the Federal Institute for Vocational Training.

Cover GPC-ExpertiseThe expertise covers the following themes:

•   „Learning from Europe“: international comparison as a way to develop support measures
•   „Disadvantaged youth“: European approaches to foster social integration of young people
•   Overview of European approaches to support disadvantaged youth
•   European approaches compared: a grid
•   Quality criteria and recommendations on the development of support measures in Germany

The whole text can be downloaded as a PDF file from the website of the “Good-Practice-Center”: PDF Download

Contact: Andreas Walther, Axel Pohl

Europe

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Cooperation partners on the European level 

  • AREA, Asociación Regional y Europea de Análisis, Valencia, Spanien
  • IEKEP, Institute of Training and Vocational Guidance, Nea Ionia, Griechenland
  • ISCTE, Higher Institute for Science of Work and Enterprise, Lissabon, Portugal
  • Research and Analysis Group of the Social and the Sociability, GRASS, CNRS, Paris, Frankreich
  • STAKES, National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health, Helsinki, Finnland
  • YSRC, Youth Studies and Research Centre, Bukarest, Rumänien

The European research project FATE

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Comparative analysis on the changed role of the family against the background of longer and more complicated transitions of young women and men into work an economic independency.
The ‘Families and Transitions in Europe’ research project has been funded under the Improving the Human Potential key action of the European Commissions Fifth Framework Programme. It was developed and carried out in the framework of the European research network EGRIS and has been coordinated by the School of Policy Studies at the University of Ulster (Andy Biggart).

In the light of rapid socio-economic change, young people are becoming increasingly dependent on their families for a protracted period of time. The aim of the project was to examine the families role in facilitating or constraining active life management in the transition from education to the labour market, across different European models of State support for young people and their families.
FATE was a comparative research project, involving partners from nine European countries resp. regions (Bulgaria, Danmark, Germany East and West, United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain). It has explored how families deal with changing dependencies within youth and young adulthood, which strategies they develop and to which extent the availability of family resources impact on decision making processes of young women and men. To answer these questions, a comprehensive approach is necessary, which takes into account structural, institutional, cultural and subjective aspects.

The first phase gave an overview over structural and institutional factors of transitions by secondary analysis. The second phase consisted of a questionnaire among young people at the end of their educational transitions, generating data on their living arrangements and on their attitudes concerning education, work, dependency and family relationships. The third and most important phase of the project has been on the one hand qualitative interviews with young women and men regarding family support and the influence this support has on their transition-related decisions. On the other hand, interviews with one or both parents of these young people have been carried out. The content analysis of these semi-structured interviews followed a common thread of codes in order to facilitate the international comparison.

The study provided insights into two issues which are both central for social integration, but which up to now hardly have been analysed as interrelated: Family and Transitions of young women and men into work. Country-related as well as comparative reports have been elaborated, on national structures, on patterns of dependency and support, and above all on the ways, both generations evaluate this situation. Results have been published in the respective countries and made available for different target groups, such as policy makers, practitioners, and the scientific community. Results have been presented on a European Seminar (the European Observatory on Family), and on various national conferences.

Contact at IRIS: Jutta Goltz, Barbara Stauber, Andreas Walther

Young People and Transition Policies in Europe

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European Conference for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners on the experiences of young people with support measures for transitions to work, 6-8 June 2002 in Madrid.

From 6 to 8 June 2002 IRIS together with AREA (Asociácion Regional y Europea de Análisis, Valencia) and in collaboration with the Spanish Youth Institute organised a European conference on “Young People and Transition Policies in Europe”. The conference addressed policy makers, institutional representatives and researchers.

The project started from the observation that existing policies struggle with addressing transition related risks of social exclusion effectively. High shares of dropping out and ‘status zer0’ youth withdrawing from formal transition agencies, and of those who are unemployed after participating in training or employment schemes stand for ‘misleading trajectories’: integration policies reproducing exclusion instead. Although focussing different aspects of youth transitions and transition policies the selected projects shared a holistic perspective aiming at integrating systemic and subjective dimensions of social integration; this means matching with changing labour markets as well as meeting young people’s subjective needs and satisfaction. Under conditions of de-standardised transitions the compartmentalisation of transition related policies – education, training, labour market policies, welfare, youth policy – tends to reinforce structures of selectivity and segmentation contributing to social inequality according to education and social background, gender, and ethnicity. The concept of Integrated Transition Policies, one of the joint concepts referred to, aims at a coordination of policies in a biographical perspective which reflects the specificity of individual cases and allow for the active participation of young people as actors of their transitions.

The discussions during the conference centred around policy dilemmas arising from  the research presentations such as the contradictions between competence and employability or between flexibility and security, questions how to meet the needs of the most disadvantaged without stigmatising them and also how to assess the effects of transition policies which includes the question for success criteria which are more comprehensive than counting participants placed in (some) jobs after a scheme.

All participants confirmed that the conference provided a unique opportunity of dialogue between research and policy taking place in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere. A book publication containing the conference proceedings has been published with the Policy Press (López Blasco, A., McNeish, W. & Walther, A. (eds.) (2003) Contradictions of Inclusion: Young People and Policies for Transitions to Work across Europe. Bristol: Policy Press).

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Details on Misleading Trajectories

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Misleading Trajectories CoverEvaluation of employment policies for young adults in Europe regarding non-intended effects of social exclusion.

Financed by the European Commission under the 4th Framework Programme for Research, Technology, and Demonstration, “Targeted Socio-Economic Research” (TSER, Area III.4), carried out through EGRIS, coordinated by IRIS e.V.

Duration: 1998-2001

The thematic network ‘Misleading Trajectories’ has been concerned with the traps of social exclusion within policies addressing young people’s transitions to work (school, vocational training, careers advice, social security, labour market programmes). The network (involving Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain) began from the observation that many policies that are intended to ‘lead’ towards gainful employment, adult status and social integration, are in fact ‘misleading’ in terms of:

  • reducing social integration to labour market integration, thus neglecting young adults’ subjective perspectives and leading to a “waste” of motivation;
  • not considering the change of labour societies and reducing the “mismatch” between supply and demand to an individualised “pedagogisation” of labour market problems.

Theoretically misleading trajectories stand for the increasing discrepancy between social integration and systems’ integration. Institutions increasingly fail in understanding, addressing and solving the complexities and contradictions of social integration in general and individual life course transitions in particular.

One of the core objectives has been to sketch a framework of Integration Transition Policies for young adults in Europe.

Publication:
Walther, Andreas, Stauber, Barbara et al. (eds.) Misleading Trajectories. Integration Policies for Young Adults in Europe? Opladen: Leske+Budrich.

1998-2000 Third Sector

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“Advising local networks of 3rd sector initiatives – job creation for (disadvantaged) young people in the area of social and youth services”

An international project

Duration: 1998 – 2000

The Project „Advising local networks of 3rd sector initiatives: job creation for (disadvantaged) young people in the area of social and youth services”, funded under the EU „Third System & Employment Pilot Action” identified – by transnational comparison between the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, and Germany – potentials for employing young people within third sector institutions. In a second step, these institutions have been supported to set their potential role as job provider into practice – by applying tools for self-evaluation, and by creating local networks.

Project partners:
1. GENESIS srl, Bologna, Italy
2. Hope Street, International Arts, Training and Development, Liverpool, UK
3. University College Cork (UCC): Department for Applied Social Sciences, Cork, Ireland
4. IRIS (Institut für regionale Innovation und Sozialforschung) e.V., Tübingen, Bundesrepublik Deutschland

IARD-Study Information

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In 2001, the European Commission charged a cosortium of 18 youth research institutions with the preparation of a comprehensive report on the situation of young people in the European Union. With the Milan-based institute IARD in the lead, the consortium produced a report with three special focuses: the social situation of youths in the EU, youth policies in Europe and the training of youth workers.

IRIS was responsable for the third part of the study – an overview of training systems for youth workers in Europe. A summary of the study is available at the website of the European Commission.

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