The DB WAVE project aims to develop, pilot and replicate at national/regional level tools developed and adapted by the partnership in a collaborative way in order to provide quality resources to facilitate the transition from education to work of VET learners in Europe, integrate the acquisition of key competences and soft skills with a Lifelong Learning approach, sharing the Salesian preventive system and innovative methodologies.
Specifically, the 5 tools developed by the partners are:
- Salesian Mobility Charter among the 7 European networks of Salesian VET providers that make up the project partnership. The idea of a Salesian Mobility Charter stems from the need to facilitate the exchange of staff and students between the respective Salesian partner countries.
The European Salesian VET Mobility Charter is a shared model of cooperation between Salesian VET networks, which defines the quality standards, procedures, learning outcomes and main characteristics of the mobility flows that, on a mutual basis, will involve an increasing number of students and staff of the national networks at European level in the next 5 years. It will enable the partners to improve their internationalisation strategies and increase their mobility plans over the years, with the aim of providing VET students and staff in Europe with more opportunities to benefit from quality VET mobility pathways abroad in order to enhance their international profile and employability potential across Europe.
- Database to monitor the Formative Success of Salesian VET students in Europe, which will allow to compare data at European level.
The idea of a monitoring tool of the training success at European level is based on the CNOS-FAP experience which allows to monitor the careers of the students who attended the Salesian vocational centres one year after their qualification/vocational diploma.
In particular, the tool developed by the project partnership on the evaluation of qualified people and their professional development, aims at providing a qualitative assessment of the Salesian training offer, its effectiveness in terms of acquired competences and job placement. But it also aims at collecting the statistical data of the single European Salesian vocational schools/centres belonging to the partner networks of the DB WAVE, thus creating a valuable database that can be consulted by any partner of the network but also by external stakeholders interested in collaborating with the Salesian institutions.
- Don Bosco Employment Services: guidelines as a support to create and/or standardise at European level Salesian Employment Services offices which can support young people in job placement.
The document “THE JOB SERVICE OFFICES OF THE SALESIAN VET CENTRES IN EUROPE: OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES, QUALITY STANDARDS AND TOOLS FOR EUROPEAN VET PROVIDERS” intends to provide a good practice guideline and a general overview of the existing realities in this field. It also provides a collection of tools, so that all those who want to enhance their services or create a JSO can learn about the digital tools that can help operators achieve the best possible goal for young people and adults. Moreover, the creation of a European standard for evaluating services allows to understand whether this service already exists, officially or not, within own reality.
- Mentoring model for disadvantaged young people to help them find a job through a combination of in-company training, acquisition of soft skills and a suitable mentoring methodology.
DB WAVE partners have found themselves in facing an interesting challenge: since VET trainers are not always mentors, the trainers do not have very often the the competences to mentor disadvantaged youth. The need of creating a mentoring methodology and a tool for training trainers starts from this assumption.
The document contains details regarding the skills that a mentor should have, the techniques that a mentor training should teach and provides examples of the trainings carried out in Spain and Belgium on this topic.
- Digital tool for the evaluation of the young people’s soft skills learned during the work-based learning experience. The ‘Key competence’ measurement tool allows the Salesian VET centers to carry out a continuous students assessment at work-based learning environments. The tool assess students’ progress in terms of soft skills and key competences in each country. The measurement tool is in line with the European Quality Reference Framework for the Education and Vocational Training (EQAVET) and about to be integrated into the quality assurance system of each partner’s organization.
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