There will be 10 main activities organized by the project:
(1) At the beginning, there will be Research conducted in the participating countries on the different approaches to ‘work-based training’ within the transition process from school to work. One focus of the research will be the different national transition settings ranging from school-orientated vocational preparation to the dual apprenticeship system. The other focus will be the method of work-based training itself since regardless the institutional system all approaches face the same challenge: how to combine theory and practice learning effectively in order to overcome long standing learning barriers. All partners are involved in this activity and conduct the research in their country.
(2) The findings of the research will be summarized in an Overview on the different national transition systems and their approaches to ‘work-based training’. The work pack leader for this activity will be the Maltese partner.
(3) Right from the beginning the Project Website will be setup to inform on the objectives of the project, on the partners and their expertise, on the work plan and schedule, on the results of the transnational meetings, and last but not least the progress of the work with the possibility for the download of products. The website will also include an internal section and a communication platform for the public. Work pack leader will be the Italian partner.
(4) The core activity of the partnership will be an Online survey on WBT approaches addressed to the relevant stakeholders (teachers, trainers/instructors and young learners). An appropriate questionnaire will be developed asking the stakeholders to make judgments on the strong and the weak points of WBT methods in use. The questionnaire will be available in all partner languages. Work pack leader for the survey is the Romanian partner.
(5) Following, Interviews with the three stakeholder target groups will be conducted by each partner in his own country, allowing a period of three months for this activity. It is expected that each partner will collect 20 interviews from each of the three stakeholder groups, making for a total of 60 interviews by each partner. This will lead to 540 interviews altogether – producing enough data to inform our conclusions.
(6) The collected data will be summarized in a Report documenting the findings derived from the surveys. The report will include statistical data, demonstrative charts and a summary on the strong and weak points of WBT in use in the participating countries. The work pack leader for this activity will be the Swedish partner.
(7) The online survey will lead as core product of the project to the intellectual output, the ‘Manual of Good Practices‘ The Manual will be designed to be a useful guide for teachers and trainers who want to get acquainted with different approaches and methods of ‘work-based training’. The Manual will summarize the findings from the overview and the online survey and will focus on examples of good practice. All partners will contribute to the Manual. The overall responsibility in this case lies with the Bulgarian partner.
(8) The project will be monitored by evaluations carried out after each transnational meeting that will mark the completion of each workload and the moving to the next stage. The monitoring will be done by the Turkish partner whereas the final Evaluation at the end of the project will be carried out by the Portuguese partner that will examine the indicators for success of the project regarding its achievements and outcomes.
(9) The Dissemination of results via local/regional, national and international network channels will be the task of all partners. The overall responsibility however lies at the Slovenian partner.
(10) The project ends with a Final Report documenting all the activities undergone and the achievements made. Work pack leader in this case is the German partner.
The methods the partnership utilizes differ from case to case depending from the respective activity and include the following:
– Discussing: exchange of expertise and good practice on occasion of the transnational meetings
– Researching: survey on national transition systems and ‘work-based training’ approaches
– Interviewing: online survey with stakeholders on strong and weak points of different ‘work-based training’ approaches
– Reporting: summarizing the findings of the research on WBT, the interviews with stakeholders and the identification of good practice.