#wellbeing at VET project develop young people’s educational transition from basic education to vocational education and training (VET) and from VET to the labour market in North Finland. It is also intended to promote VET students’ progress in their studies and graduation rates by developing multi-professional teamwork to respond to the recent VET reform in Finland.
Project’s national partners are University of Lapland’s Faculty of Education, Social Work at Faculty of Social Sciences, Vocational Education Centre REDU and City of Rovaniemi. Project’s international partners are from Belgium. Partners are GTB (as structural partner from VDAB, the Public Employment Service), UCCLL (high school for teachers focused on knowledge of motivation theories and their use in education) and Pulso-Europe (spinoff of the University of Leuven specializing to psycho-social well-being projects). Collaboration between the University of Lapland and international partners is providing support for the implementation of the project.
Project is funded by European Social Fund and the Centre of Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of North Ostrobothnia.
See the project personnel below.
The project develops VET practices by seeking to enhance the skills of teachers, guidance counsellors, VET social workers and on-the-job-mentors when it comes to recognizing VET students’ needs for welfare and social service support. The main objective is to identify and create methods of promoting VET students’ well-being and models of prevention practices and early interventions. Additionally, the project promotes the Education Guarantee and improves the rate of graduation from VET and transition to the labour market. In addition, it prevents young people from dropping out from the VET and later from the labour market. Professionals of Rovaniemi municipality and Lapland Education Centre REDU develop practices and concrete means to improve the contents of social work and education programs to ensure that they meet the requirements of the growing needs for welfare, social service support and multi-professional teamwork skills.
The project explores the VET reform effects on welfare and social service support and maps staff in-service training needs with a focus on educational transitions from basic education to VET and from VET to the labour market. The project also promotes VET actors’ networking and maps and models and further develops good pedagogical and preventive practices through piloting. International cooperation promotes the accomplishment of national objectives and stimulates the identification of best practices in diverse pedagogical and cultural contexts in connection with national needs and at the EU level.
The project outcomes will include the following:
1) a report on the state of preventive welfare and social service support in VET and on national and European best practices of supporting well-being and early interventions during VET transitions based on piloted models
2) the mapping of VET actors’ in-service training needs
3) new means to increase the graduation rates and promote preventive welfare, social service support and early interventions
4) develop novel experience-based models to support young people’s mastery of their lives and ability to transition from basic education to VET and from VET to the labour market
5) online resources targeted to VET students, staff and on-the-job-mentors.
University of Lapland
Faculty of Education
+358 40 831 6808
Vocational Education Centre REDU
+358 40 1418 749
School social worker
City of Rovaniemi / Vocational Education Centre REDU
+358 40 683 4597
Norvapalo, Katja & Thessler, Kaisa (eds.)