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SEN Employment links: Working with Employers and Trainers to support Young People with Special Educational Needs/Disability into Employment
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015, Date de fin: 31 août 2017 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

In the context of a rapidly changing economic situation in the EU, reflected in a changing labour market, the international project Special Education Needs Employment Links (SENEL) focuses on supporting transition into the labour market from vocational education and training (VET) and further education (FE) for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The strategic project consortium will be made up of eight partners from England, Finland, the Czech Republic and Germany, and will include one institution of higher education from each participating country, in conjunction with one national partner of differing organisational structures including VET/HE institutions, NGOs and disability organisations. The key objective of this two-year Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project is to support an effective transition process for students with SEND from VET into employment, by collaboratively producing and evaluating three unique communicative and informative tools. There will be a SENEL website dedicated to disseminating the project and making the tools available to the widest possible global audience for long term sustainable impact. Project activities will include administration and quality assurance, implementing a dissemination and valorisation plan, writing piloting and evaluating the three outcomes described in the following paragraphs, and running three multi national and two multinational dissemination/presentation events. The first project outcome will include a portable exhibition of documentary photographs and videos of best practices on partner countries, available with accompanying text in four languages. This is based on an analysis of shared good practice across the partners and supporting access to the workplace and continuing VET and links to the workplace. After investigating current approaches, best practices and assessing needs involved in the process of transition from VET/FE, the second outcome will be a tool for employers entitled “A Mini-Guide for Employers of Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disability”. This will be developed, piloted and evaluated by the SENEL in collaboration with a range of stakeholders including young people with SEN and employers. The Mini-guide will provide essential information and guidelines for employers and other stakeholders to facilitate and encourage accessible employment for young people with SEND. This will be followed by the development and evaluation of the third outcome: a tool for young people with SEND entitled “The Passport to Employment for Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities”. This will provide both guidance and a self-advocacy tool for VET/FE students with SEN transitioning from VET/FE to work. It can be downloaded from the website and printed, or used as an interactive online tool, as required. During 2011-2013 this consortium previously successfully completed a joint project: Towards Inclusive Learning Environments (TILE) targeted at developing inclusive environments in VET/FE institutions. This project will build on this success and will see the development of these tools as a continuation of the collaborative process with all partners. Project meetings to inform the development of the tools and the sharing of best practice will be held in each participating country. Dissemination events will include a conference to be held in each participating country.



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