Vocational training and employment of people with disabilities in Europe – challenges and opportunities

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Presentation by Annette Riisager (Headmaster, Glad Vocational School, Denmark) on the occasion of the EESC LMO conference on 'Excluded or included' in Brussels on 6 November 2012.

Presentation by Annette Riisager (Headmaster, Glad Vocational School, Denmark) on the occasion of the EESC LMO conference on 'Excluded or included' in Brussels on 6 November 2012.

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  • 1. 1 FROM EDUCATION TO JOB  Vocational training and employment of people with disabilities in Europe – challenges and opportunitiesHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 2. 2 TV-GLAD  TV- Glad began in 1999 as the world’s first tele- vision station by and for mentally and physically disabled people, and with the guiding principle of fostering freedom of expression for everyone. In 2004 Glad Vocational School was established.  There are 220 employees and students spread over 4 TV-Glad departments in Denmark. Several local chapters to come. The main branch is located in Copenhagen and employs approx. 160 people. : http://www.tv-glad.dk/Headmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 3. 3 Professional ambition  We have experienced that development of the students personal and social skills follow the gaining of vocational skills  We have 7 main subjects at Glad vocational SchoolHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 4. 4 DESIGNHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 5. 5 RADIOHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 6. 6 THEATREHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 7. 7 SERVICEHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 8. 8 TVHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 9. 9 ANIMATIONHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 10. 10 KITCHENHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 11. 11 Café Glad  The foundation’s newest social enterprise is a designer Café, that serves up healthy, natural food and where everything from bread to sauces to desserts is made from scratch.  Café Glad is staffed by a mixed team of learning disabled students and non-disabled and disabled professionals. It’s a regular business that provides the community with a high- quality product and service, but all the profits go back into the school.Headmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 12. 12 Café GladHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 13. 13 Developing skills  At Glad Vocational School people with physical and mental disabilities are trained to do interesting jobs they are passionate about; jobs that allow them to express their individuality; jobs in the arts, media, design and gourmet kitchens.  Instead of focusing on care, we focus on developing skills that build self-confidence and create opportunities.Headmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 14. 14 Mixed group of students  One thing Glad students have in common is a disability that makes learning and working more challenging. But the similarities end there. Some are challenged with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, deafness or blindness – Others have learning disabilities such as autism, ADHD, and Down’s syndrome.  The students choose their main subject due to their interest – not due to their disability.Headmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dkwww.gladfagskole.dk
  • 15. 15 Learning concept  High level of expectation for mixed group of students  Undogmatic individual diagnostic approach  The latest research in the specialty area  Dynamic collaboration between teachers and administrators  Documentation of professional, personal and social progressionHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 16. 16 Structure and Curriculum  We work with 3-year durational curriculums, that take into account individual learning styles, background, pace and level etc.  In addition to the generel curriculums we operate with the students individual education plan, that contains personal, social and professional goals for training.Headmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 17. 17 DANISH STU - a legal right  Our educations are based on Law on Youth Education for young people with special needs. The law came into force in 2007.  It says that young people (16-25 years old) with learning disabilities, and other young people with special needs, have a legal right to a three-year- durational youth education, after they have completed Secondary school.  There is no lower limit; all, regardless of disability, has a legal claim to this education.Headmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dkwww.gladfagskole.dk
  • 18. 18 Accredited certification  All our students gain knowledge, skills and competences on different levels for use in particular vocations.  Although they are often well trained and learn how to do specific tasks during the education, they do not receive any officially accredited certification of this, as the training programmes are mostly non- formal.Headmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 19. 19 Employment  In order to facilitate the way to meaningful jobs, you need a transparent certificate showing potential employers what a person is able to do - as a result of their training.  We wanted to develop a useful certificate, showing the learning outcome, and therefore Glad Vocational School participated in the NQF-Inclusive project 2010-2011.Headmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 20. 20 NQF Inclusive certificates  The aim of the NQF- inclusive project was to develop a model for accreditation and certification of special training courses, using the European and National Qualification Frameworks.Headmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 21. 21 Expanding the Danish NQF  The final implementation of the Qualifications Framework in the Danish education system was finished in autumn 2011.  In 2012, the qualifications refer to the appropriate level in the European Qualifications Framework.  Our aim is to make The NQF – inclusive a part of the National Qualification Framework in 2013.  We started cooperation with the municipality of Copenhagen on implementing the NQF system to education for young peple with special needs all over Copenhagen.Headmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 22. 22 Higher Education and Specialist Training  We have just been granted financial support from the Ministry of Education to develop a model of higher education for disabled students. The students can start on this education after having graduated from the youth education for young people with special needs.  Our model is a vocational education with 5 years duration and structured with NQF inclusive moduls and certificates, and enterprise partnerships  It is a flexible model, with a chance of completion or pause at 1 ½, 2 ½ and 5 years (voucher system).  Goal: Recruitment / future must be decided within education completedHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 23. 23 Enterprise Partnerships Glad Vocational School has been granted financial support from the Ministry of Employment to start a new project in 2012: Education for young people with special needs, based on the law of STU with extended enterprise partnerships It is based on qualifying extended training periods in enterprises and a dynamic cooperation between companies and school on progressive learning The aim is to creat meaningful jobs and meaningful livesHeadmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk
  • 24. 24  Thank you for your attention!Headmaster Annette Riisager, riisager@tv-glad.dk www.gladfagskole.dk