Erasmus+ award grant success

An Erasmus+ grant has been awarded to a European partnership led by the Social Research and Evaluation Unit (SREU) based in the Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences. The partnership will be undertaking a three-year project entitled ‘Vulnerable young people accessing and sustaining vocational training and apprenticeships.’

The project aims to provide resources for current Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers and employers who are interested in implementing apprenticeships and other training placements for society’s most vulnerable young people.

There is a need for a multifaceted approach in supporting vulnerable young people through vocational education, training and apprenticeships, without which this group are at particular risk of offending and re-offending. Although there are a number of initiatives to engage them in self-development activities, a recurring issue is how to develop these initiatives into sustained placements and long-term and fulfilling employment.
The key outputs are an analysis of current approaches, case studies of practice, development of a network of practice and the production and evaluation of online educational resources.

The expected impacts and outcomes are societal — enriching and enhancing vulnerable young people’s lives through increasing their confidence and creating opportunities to turn broken lives around to benefit future generations; economic — helping VET providers and employers to develop and deliver appropriate training, skills development, employment placements and jobs; and academic – creating and disseminating a body
of transferable knowledge.
To find out more about the project, or share your knowledge and experiences of these issues, please contact the Project Manager, Professor Morag MacDonald at:
morag.macdonald@bcu.ac.uk.