The outcomes of the project will be transferred into curriculum of VET trainers and staff who will directly reduce dropout rates, improve employability and learning outcomes for disadvantaged learners through modified content, teaching methods and approaches for heterogeneous social groups. Drawing on findings from the needs analysis, the consortium will develop a toolkit for a blended course (BLC, 10 month) for vocational education trainers, teachers and other multipliers.
The contents of the BLC will be tested by participants at different phases and accordingly modified by the consortium before they will be finally incorporated into the handbook. The handbook will be translated in six languages of the consortium. It will include all modules, and a summary of the Blended Course. The handbook and other project products and publications – will be available for download on the homepage and the websites of the consortium partners for free. Over the whole course, participants will be assisted and supported by all PREDIS partners. Successful participants will acquire the EUROPASS certificate as part of the professionalization process.
The needs analysis which forms the basis for developing contents of the modules was completed by all partner countries in August, 2016. All findings were compiled into the Needs Analysis Report in September 2016. The report consists of a theoretical and empirical part. The theoretical part discusses the national context of dropout in the partner countries including policy frameworks, systemic issues, overview of statistics, current challenges and good practices. Amongst other things, the empirical part elaborates on the problematic and promising counter strategies as perceived and articulated in survey questionnaires conducted with the various national VET trainers, experts and the affected migrant and Roma VET trainees. Crosscutting issues were identified by the consortium, conceptual aspects were illuminated and a systematized theoretical review of the problematic was also undertaken to supplement empirical results and facilitate the development of comprehensive strategies.