The NARSPI Project
This project centers on the principle that a more equitable and effective fight for social and occupational integration is based on a better understanding of SPI workers of the pertinent socio-economic environments they work under. This goal also entails a better knowledge of the psychosocial situations associated with social and professional exclusion and the job market. The ultimate objective is that these professionals receive better guidance and improved continuous learning. To succeed at this, they need to have access to a personalized training tool according to their abilities and needs, and that takes into account these SPI professionals’ previously acquired job-related scientific expertise. This will, in time, result in better quality employment opportunities for unemployed people.
Our project also aims at the generation of alternative, improved Open Educational Resources (OERs). The target groups are SPI professionals who work with low-skilled workers. These resources are intended for different types of professionals:
(a) Trainers in of basic VET level professions, and
(b) personnel in orientation or integration agencies.
These OERs could be targeted to either small groups or individuals. They will focus on the training of professionals in psychological aspects of social inclusion and training integration. They could be recent graduates in social sciences or social education who may consider specializing in the SPI field of work. Additionally, they could be already working in this field and may demand updated, or ongoing training.
This symbiotic relationship between in-service training of SPI professionals and preparatory training at higher educational institutions improves the connection between employers and higher education institutions in fostering flexible learning (priority 1.3.4 of the Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Funding and the Social Dimension – 2011).
These OERs intend to create technical and educational contents that are complementary to other lessons found elsewhere. They transversely target the need for understanding and analysing situations associated with social exclusion and socioprofessional integration. The OER contents serve to transversely improve the skills of workers in the SPI field.
Specific examples of targets are:
(a) the overall improvement and better customization of teaching methodologies,
(b) using more relevant guidance for the potential psychosocial risks for SPI professional, and
(c) the better identification of psychosocial burdens and specific needs of these individuals.
These will ultimately lead to increased effectiveness in the counseling process of low-skilled beneficiaries and to the availability of more suitable to them.
The general objective is to overcome the lack of effective, open-source educational resources (OERs) to help people affected by socio-professional exclusion. Through these new resources and their proper implementation methods, we intend to promote effective use by the targeted stakeholders working with the socio-professional integration (SPI) of beneficiaries in different EU contexts.
This project works within the framework of the fight against unemployment and exclusion; however, the great disparities between unemployment rates in EU countries invite to maximize international collaboration on employment policies, but also all practices related to support of the unemployed, in all its dimensions.
The course will be “free and open source”, in order to insure a widespread dissemination of the project results to all kinds of structures and organizations, such as schools, associations, municipalities, government institutions and EU citizens.
The Open Educational Resources will be integrated into our public website with a number of sections, where people will describe their personal stories.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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