SkillBase UK 2.0

The project offered a platform of exchange for professionals working in the field of vocational training, reintegration and career guidance with the most disadvantaged young people. These young people come from challenging working and living environments. We have worked with 32 participants who have undergone a 1-week course in Best Practice Exchange in both Germany and Turkey. The project’s aims are to generate discussions and new approaches on how to approach important questions, raise the achievements and employability of their students, foster inclusion and find new solutions and support in this area of work. It also aims to foster and develop new transnational partnerships for joint projects.

We believe that our project encouraged our participants to become more passionate about vocational education and training, its impact on the students and service users in their local communities and in their personal lives, which will help them to inspire their students and people around them, achieve their own personal and professional targets. This is possible as a result of:

  1. Gaining an understanding of the interplay between different multinational agencies on a local, national, and regional level as well as the effect this has on vocational training
  2. Different strategise of integrating people with criminal record, recovered drug and alcohol addiction, learning difficulties, domestic discord, being in care
  3. Gaining an understanding of the practical side of vocational training from the perspective of our European counterparts
  4. Gaining a personal insight into the motivations of their German/ Turkish counterparts, their involvement in the Third sector and engagement with students in vocational training/education as well as people in the labour market
  5. Sharing and learning from the mistakes happening in international partnerships and how to find solutions for them

SkillBase UK 2.0 has been promoted and managed in partnership together with our partners and stakeholders here in the UK and abroad. Embrace was responsible for the overall project management. Our partners are highly experienced fostering integrative approaches as part of vocational training and labour market integration and we had various partners on offer for potential participants. This project worked with professionals employed in a business or training environment and are responsible for designing or delivering training, professional development or career guidance.

The participants came from the Third Sector (charitable, non-profit making organisations) and also from the VET (vocational education and training) sector. A high percentage of the participants have been directly involved with people facing particular difficulties in the labour market. The participating professionals work with people with migrant background/ from ethnic minorities, young adults with NEET (not in education or training) background and engage them in their capacities as managers, coaches, trainers etc. This best practice exchange considered that training and integration of disadvantaged people into the labour market needs tailor-made, effective, structured and imaginative approach (i.e. VET College/ Third Sector training provider.) Therefore this project addressed the need to foster strategies and methods to further integrate, support, educate and train young disadvantaged adults who are faced with various challenges such as rising unemployment, lower earnings prospects, unable to fulfil their true potential.

This project contributed to the improvement and updated competencies of professionals through diverse opportunities to share their knowledge and experience with their counterparts in Germany. Germany's anti-exclusion law provides solid support structures for the disadvantaged and was a centre piece of discussions as it informs the whole system. The participants gained new inspirations, approaches and powerful strategies to support youngsters from three theme groups as mentioned below. Depending on the backgrounds of participants those themes have been addressed during the visits in a tailor-made fashion to create the best practice exchange and visits:

  • Theme One: Integration of Black and Minority Ethnic Groups
  • Theme Two: Integration of young offenders and people recovering from addictions
  • Theme Three: Integration of socially, emotionally, physical and economically disadvantaged youth.