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SOS Network - Social inclusion of SEN-Students into mainstream VET and world of work Project

SOS Network - Social inclusion of SEN-Students into mainstream VET and world of work Project

SOS-Network – SOS stands for SOcial inclusion of Students with special needs into mainstream vocational education and training and world of work - unifies Europe in its quest for responding to the problems of early school leaving and ensuring a good transition from education to the labour market.

The SOS network is for students with special needs and for teachers, trainers, employers, counselors, caretakers… all those meeting them in daily life. The network provides knowledge, proven methods and access to experience from practitioners all over Europe.

The SOS network collects cases of interesting practices from classrooms in schools and training centers, from work places, counseling agencies and other learning environments.

The SOS network identifies methods and approaches that works, and make them available through the SOS-portal.

The SOS network invites organizations, other projects, schools and educational institutions, employment centres and others in Europe and all over the world to get involved and benefit from exchanging knowledge and experience in tackling early school leaving and transition from education to the labour market.

Year(s): From 01/11/2011 to 30/04/2014

Target group(s): The target groups are: - vocational education and training organisations working with the transition from education to employment and employers - the young students and learners with disabilities - the teachers, trainers, job counsellors and others meetin

Website or other online channels: http://www.sosnetwork.eu/

Methodology

Following methods have been used in the SOS Network:

- Mapping of barriers to education in different learning environments in different European countries

- Identifying and collecting interesting case studies from different learning environments involving young people with disabilities

- Based on the collected case studies, identifying and collecting methods and approaches that are easily applicable in different types of learning environments

- Testing the identified methods in other learning environments

- Establishing a community of VET teachers, trainers, job counsellors, social workers, employers and others meeting these young people on a daily basis using the SOS portal as a one-stop shop for all interested in the issue and with easy access to the collected material

Type of product

Paper-based material Online resource Video clips / Films Course / Training

Brief description of the outcomes

The SOS Network provides:

- 65 interesting stories from different learning environments, describing how to work with young students/learners experiences difficulties in mainstream education

- 15 tested methods for the teachers

- a community of VET teachers, trainers, job counsellors, social workers, employers and others using the SOS portal as a one-stop shop for all interested in the issue and with easy access to the collected material

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

Proven success-stories from different partners who have tested new methods and achieved good results and a great impact on the target groups:

- The President’s Award used in Denmark has given self-confidence and a real interest in completing the education for some students.

- A Spanish school has tested out company-based internship for students with special needs, and this has created young people confident of themselves and prepared to take next step further into employment.

- A Danish student has done an international mobility and has experienced that she is capable of things she didn’t believe she would be able to do.

The transferability of the practice is high due that it is based on the collaboration of fourteen European organisations from Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, Sweden, France, Poland, Finland and Spain, in the framework of a programme of the European Union.

Promoter of the initiative: Green Academy

Country: Austria Denmark Finland France Germany Ireland Italy Poland Romania Spain Sweden United Kingdom

Languages available: Danish English Finnish French Italian Polish Romanian Spanish Swedish German

Website or other online channels: https://ju.dk/

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