In European Union, high quality of Vocational Education and Training (VET) has been recognized as one of the elements that supports and sustains economic growth at both national and European level. Since qualifications and skills of teachers impact the quality of teaching, they are commonly required to participate in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) process.
The actual content of CPD provided to teachers in not always aligned with professional development needs expressed by the interested parties. It may lead to some challenges and difficulties at multicultural classrooms, especially for newly qualified teachers. Even though in almost two-thirds of the EU countries those teachers have access to a structured induction phase with additional training, personalized help and advice, such programs only last up to one year. This solution is not enough to develop satisfactory competences of teachers needed to work in multicultural environment.
Increasing mobility intensifies cultural diversity of students in school classes. This poses new challenges for teachers and trainers at various levels of teaching - also in case of vocational education or courses and trainings provided by schools, universities or training institutions. Therefore, the main goal of E-VET project is the development of teachers' “soft skills” and competences in working with culturally diverse groups in vocational education and training facilities.
To face the current challenges, E-VET project focuses on creating innovative solutions to the issues connected to youth unemployment and immigration in European Union by increasing VET teachers’ effectiveness in working with migrant students. The main objectives are:
- providing newly qualified VET teachers with an online diagnostic tool assessing skills that are significant in terms of working with migrant students
- up-skilling teachers with "soft skills" methods and tools fostering inter-cultural communication and competences
- delivering to the participants some digital guides on increasing social inclusion within classroom environment to foster further integration of migrant students
The project delivers Massive Open On-line Course (MOOC) providing useful didactic tools. Specially designed online diagnostic tool allows to asses teachers’ “soft skills” important to create inclusive learning environment for migrant students. Participants can also gain access to eCourse adjusted to those assessed individual needs to increase their professional competences.
Multinational dimension of the project includes 6 partners originating form 5 EU countries - University of Lodz (Poland), Stowarzyszenie EURO LIDER (Poland), Know And Can Association (Bulgaria), Cosmic Innovations (Cyprus), Valencia Innohub (Spain) and InEuropa srl (Italy). The project is funded under Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ Programme, which focuses on cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices.