WHAT IS THE PROJECT ABOUT?
PASS IT ON — From Raising Awareness to Open Labour Market Opportunities for People with Disabilities
through Vocational Training and Lifelong Strategies — is a two year project (01.01.2009 – 31.12.2010) funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme of the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission. It regroups partners from 8 countries, namely Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Malta, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.
The overall aim of the project is to enable people with disabilities to enter into the open labor market by providing them, the professionals who accompany them, the employers and other stakeholders involved in the process, with a learning opportunity based on well tested training materials from four previous projects, 2 Leonardo da Vinci (Conversion and Atlas) and 2 Socrates-Grundtvig (Inclusive Education Model and Mo.bi.le) projects focusing on lifelong opportunities and vocational training for Persons with Disabilities and on their integration in mainstream education and inclusive employment.
THE PROJECT’S PARTNERS
As mentioned above, the partnership is regrouping partners from 8 countries:
- European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities
- EASPD (Belgium) www.easpd.eu
- Fontys OSO (the Netherlands) www.fontysoso.nl
- Lebenshilfe Graz und Umgebung – Voitsberg (Austria) http://www.lebenshilfe-guv.at
- Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (Malta) http://www.education.gov.mt
- B. P. T. spol. s r. o. (Czech Republic) http://www.ibpt.cz
- Vision (Bulgaria) http://www.vision-bg.com
- Hand in Hand Foundation (Hungary) http://www.kezenfogva.hu
- Alpha Transilvana (Romania). http://www.alphatransilvana.ro
THE OUTCOMES OF THE PROJECT
The project will have as main outcome the establishment of a Learning Community able to disseminate and exploit the results of the project. It will be composed by:
1. A Scientifi c and Validation Committee which will compile a summary of the 4 mentioned projects’ training materials. The compilation produced will be translated in the following languages: EN, BG, CZ, HU and RO.
2. WebPages which will include the projects materials from the 4 above mentioned projects, the produced compilation of the training materials in the different languages, chat rooms for exchange of information among professional, employers and authorities and all stakeholder interested in facilitating the inclusion of people with disabilities in the open labour market. The website will be part of the labour related website www.employmentforall.eu managed by EASPD.
3. National helpdesks set up in the following countries: MT, BG, CZ, HU and RO which will disseminate the compilation produced at national level and will assist professionals (service providers, managers and front line staff), employers and local authorities in the ultimate objective of including people with disabilities in the open labour market. The helpdesk will also conduct a study on the gaps and challenges encountered at national level in relation to the development of labour related skills of Persons with Disabilities and their integration in the open labour market.
4. Portals developed in the following countries: MT, BG, CZ, HU and RO and containing the information on the disseminated projects and their compilation in the national language. They represent a way for the helpdesk to support professionals, employers, local authorities and other stakeholders.
5. Twinning partnerships between the Pool of Experts established and the national helpdesks. In particular the following twinning partnerships will be set up between:
Holland <–> Romania
Ireland <–> Bulgaria
Austria <–> Malta
Belgium <–> Czech Republic
Hungary <–> Ireland
6. National networks which will organise 1 day and a half seminar in the new Members States (in Romania in March 2010, in the Czech Republic in April 2010, in Bulgaria in June 2010, in Hungary in September 2010 and in Malta in November 2010) attended by all stakeholders. Each seminar will analyse the 4 projects training materials through parallel working groups and will establish how to apply the materials and the experience from the different projects according to the
profi le and needs of the sector at national level.
The project has been successfully completed and finalized in the end of 2010.