E-C-C Verein - Austria
E-C-C Association for Interdisciplinary Consulting and Education is a non-profit association for interdisciplinary research, consulting and education. It has been specialised in managing and coordinating scientific cooperation in European research and education programmes.
Between 1995 and 1998, ECC experts were involved in the Community Initiative EMPLOYMENT-HORIZON where they developed guidelines for re-integration of disabled people into work.
Between 1998 and 2007, ECC experts were active in the evaluation of a dozen educational projects, mainly from the programmes Leonardo da Vinci and Socrates of the European Union, focusing on labour market, key competences, and basic skills. Since 2008 ECC is acting also as operative partner in European transnational projects:
HlinArch (LdV TOI 2008)
Financial Literacy (LdV Partnership 2008)
Intergenerational ICT Skills (GRU Learning Partnership 2008)
Fashion Talk (GRU 2010)
Financial Literacy competencies for adult learners (GRU 2010)
ECC has been responsible for the quality management and evaluation for:
- Talk with me - The social way to learn a language (LLP, KA2 2008)
- EQF E-learning Courses for Eco-Farming (LdV TOI 2009)
- Stop Dropout! Risk detection and flexible prevention against learners’ drop out (LdV TOI 2010)
- Awareness Raising and Training Measures for The Istanbul Protocol in Europe (LdV 2011)
ECC will collaborate with the Labour Market Service Lower Austria (AMS NÖ) that joins the project as silent partner.
QUALED - Slovakia
QUALED občianske združenie pre kvalifikáciu a vdelávanje was established in 2007 as non-profit organisation for qualification and education. The organisation deals with education of wide range groups of people, and tries to enrich the educational system by making it more practical. QUALED’s mission is to overcome the public opinion about learning and qualification process being too painful, impractical and mandatory, but voluntary, interesting, enjoyable and utilizable.
The motivation of QUALED to participate in this Partrnership is based on two facts: Firstly, the concept of Supported Employment is virtually unknown among Slovakian entrepreneurs and labour market stakeholders. Secondly, QUALED is currently active in developing initiatives for adults concerning several themes, such independent lifestyle through the use of a great variety of tele-services such as tele-care and tele-health. It is interested to transfer these findings also into training concepts for Supported Employment.
QUALED is working in close collaboration with the municipality of the North-Slovakian town Žilina, especially in a project concerning the acquisition of "social literacy" to public sector staff. It will use the experience from this project to promote the implementation of Supported Employment.
Verein “Kultur und Arbeit” e. V. - Germany
Verein Kultur und Arbeit e.V. (Association Culture & Work) is a non-profit organization which fosters paid employment of cultural workers and representatives of the creative industries. VKA will act as partner and brings in specific efforts for preparing disabled and disadvantaged young people aged 15 – 25 for the labour market. Since 2009 ACW operates an own scheme at four special schools in the German Bundesland Rhineland-Palatinate, where artists are trained to work with disabled students at special schools and teach them specific techniques for many craftsmen jobs. The scheme was finalist in two German nation-wide competitions which support initiatives helping disabled youngsters via instruments of the creative industries (for further information please check the website of the VKA scheme: www.berufsvorbereitung-foerderschule.de and our Facebook account www.facebook.com/malerwerkstatt .
We run two successful so called “workshops” (“Malerwerkstatt” and “Gartenwerkstatt”) at four special schools which aim at qualifying artists for jobs specifically at special schools, which are offering education and services throughout the day. Simultaneously we qualify disabled youngsters to get prepared for the labor market. We strongly cooperate with vocational schools and training centers and are presented as best practices by several teacher organizations for special schools.
Implementing the training schemes VKA gained vast experience in support mechanisms and instruments for disabled and disadvantaged persons for the labor market. At the time being our success rate for bringing these youngsters into internships and apprenticeships is at more than 75% which is regarded as an extraordinary good result. We work on the creation of strong networks for our students in order to avoid their fall-out of education and society.
CARDET - Cyprus
CARDET is an independent research centre for training and development in Cyprus, affiliated with the University of Nicosia. Our mission is to inspire next generation education, and promote research, innovation, and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research, and empowered people. CARDET brings together an international team of professionals with decades of global expertise in social entrepreneurship, vocational training, communities of learning, digital literacy, educational research, learning needs assessments, social justice, performance improvement and networking, research and evaluation. We have been advising education and training oriented organizations and Ministries in Asia, Europe, and the USA. Members of the CARDET team have successfully participated in more than 80 projects in more than 20 countries, several of which were supported by the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program, Microsoft, The Commonwealth of Learning, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. We recently organized successfully the 62nd Annual Conference of the International Council for Educational Media (ICEM), with theme “Design Thinking in Education, Media and Society” (http://icem2012.cardet.org). We follow a systemic and systematic process in thoroughly planning and executing projects. CARDET is ISO 9001 certified for quality in management, research, and education services. We have developed and implemented lifelong learning projects and conducted large-scale evaluations of education programs around the world.
CARDET will bring this expertise to the Partnership while at the same time acting as catalyst for the introduction of the concept of Supported Employment for the first time into Cyprus.
INSUP Formation - France
INSUP is a non-profit association with the purpose of the achievement of educational, cultural, and social activities as part of lifelong learning. During 30 years, INSUP has lead different types of actions that demonstrate its commitment to revitalize the core members, especially young people aged from 16 to 25, and disadvantaged adults as well as people with disabilities.
INSUP offers also intercultural services for Public Employment Service, to the Aquitaine Regional Council and General Council. Its expertise is recognized in the way of accompanying public migrants through agreements with the Agency for Social Cohesion, Equal Opportunities and Urban Policy. It is for this reason that the INSUP will be able to raise the awareness among public stakeholders for the need of supported employment.