About Project

Basic Information

Project Title: Innovative Learning Approaches in Staff Training and Young Offenders’ Employability Support – ILA Employability

Programme: Erasmus +

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Action: Strategic Partnerships

Project Total Duration: 24 months;  from  1/10/2014 to 31/09/2016

Organizations

Applicant: Centre Educative Buzias, Romania 

Partners:

  • Asociaciòn DAE – Badalona, Spain
  • Eurosuccess Consulting – Nicosia, Cyprus
  • University of Salerno – Department of Political, Social and Communication Sciences, Fisciano, Italy
  • Five Council – Glenrothes, Scottland

The story behind

This project proposal builds upon state of the art research and state of the play practices in the areas of social inclusion through training, pedagogy of competence based education and labour market access through employability validation, both in the situated context of the applicant’s institution and at a European level.

In particular, the aim of ILA Employability is to support social inclusion and enhance youth employability by developing and implementing a training and development model that is EVIDENCE BASED, INTEGRATED, DOUBLE-LAYERED and REPLICABLE to groups at risk other than young offenders.

ILA Empoyability project addresses two areas of interest: on one hand, supporting inclusion of youth at risk and, on the other hand, enabling educators working with such groups at risk with competencies needed  to embed employability into education and rehab work of young offenders.

It is common reality sustained by facts and figures that if the young offenders leave the re-education establishments, it is almost impossible for them to access the labour market; their lack of preparedness for the labour market translates into exclusion and inclination towards re-offending.

Therefore, in order for the educators working with these offenders to be able to support learning, to integrate education towards employability into daily activities, clear instruments to support learning are needed (embedded education into formal and informal activities), to evaluate and validate the learning results, and to certify sets of competences acquired formally or informally throughout detention.

To work towards this aim, we have defined our objectives as:

Objective 1

Develop and implement a training and development model that is EVIDENCE BASED, INTEGRATED (each MODEL stage/activity draws on the previous and prepares the next), DOUBLE-LAYERED (since it targets two interconnected groups: the staff working with young offenders and the young offenders) and REPLICABLE to groups at risk other than young offenders.

Objective 2

Operationalise the EVIDENCE-BASED, INTEGRATED, DOUBLE LAYERED MODEL OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPEMENT FOR INCLUSION THROUGH EMPLOYABILITY into training activities and blended youth mobility for young offenders (including in-house and employer validation of acquired competences).

Objective 3

Operationalise the EVIDENCE-BASED, INTEGRATED, DOUBLE LAYERED MODEL OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPEMENT FOR INCLUSION THROUGH EMPLOYABILITY into training activities and mobility for staff working with young offenders.

Objective 4

Promote a regional policy for supporting young offenders’ inclusion through employability education after release, through multiplier events and through project activities.

Objective 5

Support research and development processes meant to assure the evidence and basis for developing the DOUBLE-LAYERED MODEL OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPEMENT FOR INCLUSION THROUGH EMPLOYABILITY  and to disseminate the lessons learnt and the good practices in implementing the MODEL (as described in section about intellectual outputs)