About the project

The increase in numbers of refugees in recent years is a challenge also for European countries. The integration of those refugees who are eligible to stay is one goal of the European refugee policy. One promising factor for succeeding integration is the Vocational Education and Training (VET). In practice, various measures have been taken to integrate refugees through VET, but the exchange of information and experiences between the actors barely exists. Usually, different providers and institutions are confronted with similar challenges, but as they act independently it’s difficult to share knowledge that allows learning through others’ experiences.

In the project „Indicators of Good VET practice for refugees“, experiences gained in four European countries (Italy, Denmark, Austria and Germany) are being evaluated and made accessible.

By means of these experiences, the project aims to generate quality indicators for successful training programmes in the field of VET. Hard and soft indicators which support the integration of refugees will be revealed. These indicators will be transformed into a web-based analysis-tool, which will be available at the national and international project websites and help institutions to analyse their own VET programmes considering the succeeding integration of refugees.

The application of the analysis-tool will be documented online by 20 best-practice-examples, which will be selected out of 120 VET programmes for the integration of refugees in the four participating countries. The 20 best-practice-examples will be presented for the public, especially for VET providers.

At the same time, manuals for a qualitative conception of VET programmes to help integrate refugees are designed and will be available online.

A target group that will benefit from the results are practitioners who organize and implement VET measures, this includes public and private VET providers as well as companies from different sectors. The best-practice examples, information and manuals available on the project website facilitate the co-operation between institutions and refugees. Refugees as customers of educational institutions will benefit from this project as the intellectual output aims to support a sustainable integration of refugees.

Furthermore, the project generates results that will help to take decisions concerning education policy. As data and findings about the quality of measures taken to integrate refugees through VET are missing so far, the findings of the project are relevant for future education and refugee policy.

The partnering organizations have been selected due to the fact that they are not directly involved in integration measures in practice themselves, and are therefore able to evaluate the activities objectively. Due to their research expertise they are able to generate evidence-based project results.

All products of this project will be available on the project website and free of charge. The results will be presented at events with multiplying effects and by campaigns aiming for wide distribution. Regarding the sustainability of this project, there will be an option for providers of VET to analyse and publish their measures also after the GoodVET programme has ended.
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