The aim of the project was to strengthen the key practical competencies and skills of young people during their study at secondary vocational schools (VET institutions) and also after their graduation to be more competitive and better prepared for labour market in order to better utilize local human resources, to increase economic development of rural areas and to prevent brain drain.
Countries involved in IDES project had many socio-economic problems, such as high unemployment rates, brain drain, and depopulation. The project was focused on young people at risk of being unemployed. The youth unemployment rate in 2018 in project partner countries was as follows: Latvia 12.2%, Poland 11.7%, Slovakia 15.4% and Slovenia 9.7%. (Eurostat – Youth unemployment rate – % of the active population aged 15-24).
Obstacles in DES:
1.Lack of awareness of potential VET students about the benefits of dual education and the lack of interest in choosing VET school instead of more general education at grammar school
2.Legislative environment, which gradually improves the conditions for entry of all those involved in the dual system
– young people in the last year of elementary school, their parents, teachers, students of WBL institutions and companies – as one of the goals of the project was to increase their awareness so that they understand and accept the combination of vocational education and academic education, which ultimately drives economic sustainability.
– government, regional self-government – analyze and compare DES in the countries involved and make recommendations for improving these systems
The aim of the activities was to theoretically familiarize the training participants with work based learning (WBL) and dual education system (DES) in individual topics together with practical examples of the functioning of the presented programs and systems. The participants exchanged their knowledge and experiences, compared them with the situation in their countries, found suggestions for improvements or inspiration, which led to the main goal – to analyze and compare DES.
Events were attended by representatives of all project partners, from VET institutions and companies involved in WBL.
Discussions were aimed at comparing situations in the involved countries, searching for possibilities of improving the current state.
4 trainings (1 in each involved country) were organised. Trainings were aimed at different topics:
- C1 Training on Dual education in the sector of Crafts and connection between work-based learning and social entrepreneurship
(24 – 26.1.2022 in Slovakia, online (MS Teams). Organised by Agency for the Support of Regional Development, Košise in cooperation with Košice Self-Governing Region)
- C2 Training on Dual education in the sector of Metal industry and machinery building and company’s training program for the apprentice
(19 – 21.10.2021 in Slovenia, online (MS Teams). Organised by CCIS – Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia)
- C3 Training on topic Dual education in the sector of business
(7 – 9.3.2022 in Poland, online (MS Teams). Organised by RARR – Rzeszow Regional Development Agency)
- C4 Training on topic of dual education on services and new initial vocational education curriculum (modular programs)
(6 – 8.4.2022 in Latvia, face-to-face. Organised by VISC – National Education Centre)
Multiplication events – each partner held an information seminar at which the project, its goals and activities implemented in the respective region were presented to the target groups (teachers, students of WBL institutions and companies, representatives of elementary schools and educational advisors, the government and regional self-government, and others).
Conference on dual education – seminar for WBL institutions and policymakers in the Košice region – 13/5/2022 (organized by ASRD + KSR)
Conference on the IDES project – seminar for policymakers in Poland – 25/05/2022 (organized by RARR)
Seminar on dual education – information seminar for policymakers in Slovenia – 31/5/2022 (organized by CCIS)
Good practice in learning by doing; what we can learn from each other – information seminar for policymakers in Latvia – 25/04/2022 (organized by VISC)
IO1 Comparative analysis of dual education systems of involved countries and country specifics recommendations for policy makers. Activity leading organisation: VISC (LATVIAN PARTNER)
IO2A: Communication plan Activity leading organisation: RARR (POLISH PARTNER)
IO2B: Communication tool – Videos (published bellow) Activity leading organisation: ARR (SLOVAK PARTNER)
IO2C: Communication tool – Brochure Activity leading organisation: GZS (SLOVENIAN PARTNER)
KSK – KOSICKY SAMOSPRAVNY KRAJ
(KSR – Kosice Self-governing Region), Slovakia
RARR – RZESZOWSKA AGENCJA ROZWOJU REGIONALNEGO SPOLKA AKCYJNA
(Rzeszow Regional Development Agency, RARR), Poland
GZS – GOSPODARSKA ZBORNICA SLOVENIJE
(Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia), Slovenia
VISC – VALSTS IZGLITIBAS SATURA CENTRS
(National Education Centre), Latvia
ARR – AGENTURA NA PODPORU REGIONALNEHO ROZVOJA KOSICE
(ASRD – Agency for the Support of Regional Development Kosice); Slovakia
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