SEE-ME: research report on Early School Leaving

ESLnews1The project “Methodology for Early warning Detection of Risk for Early School Leaving (ESL)” SEE-ME is a EU funded project under the Erasmus+ program, which sets out to identify effective intervention strategies that are known to work to improve student engagement and increase completion of school for “at risk students”. Effective strategies and processes will be outlined in a methodological handbook. The development of this methodological handbook will be done step wise:

- through research on reasons for school leaving, on indicators for students at risk as well as on good practices to prevent this to happen;

- interviews with different stakeholders (like students, teachers, mentors, parents etc.) on the issue of engagement and methods to increase school completion;

- peer groups discussion on draft guidelines;

- training of school representatives in the usage of the final version of the methodological handbook.

This communication highlights main conclusions of the survey in the five participant countries (Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden).

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IGMA3. Development phase

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DOCUMENTA attended the second transnational meeting of IGMA3 project held the 4th&5th April in Drammen (Norway). A meeting that set the basis for the development of three of the main results of the project: the IGMA methodology for shortening the distance to labour market adapted to young adults (18-30), content for the curriculum related to methodology and targeted to guidance practitioners and trainers and, finally, the design of distance learning platform, support of all mentioned before.

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Double activity of INMATOUR project in Nicosia (Cyprus)

INMATOUR Chipre 2016The partners of INMATOUR (DOCUMENTA as promoter –Spain-, DIMITRA –Greece-, FOLKUNIVERSITETET –Sweden-, MMC –Cyprus- and RINOVA –UK-) met in Cyprus and worked together in the development of the two foreseen activities:

  • During 5 days, and as learning activity (training of trainers), the partners reviewed and deepen in training contents included within the five modules which are part of the professional profile and training curriculum

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IGMA 3.- Shortening Distance to Labour Market for young people with risk for unemployment and social exclusion

IGM3 KICKOFF2Annual Growth Survey (AGS) from 2014 shows that the unemployment among young adults within the age 18 – 30 years is one of the main socioeconomic problems in the European Union since economic regression 2009. It reached 23.4 %-more than twice as high as the adult rate, with some 5.7 million young people affected. Young people that have only completed lower secondary education bear the highest risk of unemployment. In 2012, the EU average youth unemployment rate was 22.8 %, but reached 30.3 % for low-skilled youth.

Spanish figures are even more alarming with a youth unemployment rate close to 49%, although decreasing compared to previous years.

In Communication “Moving Youth to Employment” 2012, the Commission states that the main problem regarding youth employment is a weak school-to-work transition. This depends on 2 reasons: a) employers are not willing to invest in future workforce and are usually focusing on current needs of the company; b) there is a lack of cooperation/coordination between different stakeholders in the region working with education, counselling and employment of young adults. The above makes career counselling services ineffective and job placements are not adapted to individual education and capacity as well as to regional employment needs.

In daily services there are many organisations involved in the process of education, counselling and employment for young people: Adult Education, VET, municipalities, PES, NGOs, etc. All these organisations use their own methods for career counselling and job placements. Since there is no coordination between them, the same guidance services are provided to one person several times or good services are offered at wrong moments. Moreover, in most of EU countries there is lack of professional standard and training for the professionals in the area of career counselling.

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