TRAIN-INC is a European project aimed to increase the employability degree of people with intellectual disabilities by improving their personal autonomy through the social and employment inclusion. The project is promoted within the framework of ERASMUS+ 2014- 2020 Programme (Key Action 2 – Strategic partnerships supporting innovation in the field of adult education), its total grant is € 217,276.00. The project start date is September 1st, 2018 with an end date of August 31st, 2020.
What is it about?
Despite strong policy initiatives in many EU countries over the past two decades, especially those that put an emphasis on active labour market measures rather than passive benefits provision, low employment among those with disabilities prevails. This may be a reflection of the fact that labour markets in many EU countries have changed considerably over the recent past. There has been a shift towards high-skilled jobs, driven by technology and globalisation, and thus there had been reduced demand for lowerskilled workers (and people with disabilities are over-represented in this group). Despite public policy efforts, therefore, the job opportunities for people with disabilities remain restricted.
One of the main tools to improve disabled people’s life is the European Disability Strategy 2010–20, adopted in 2010, builds on the UN’s Convention and takes into account the experience of the Disability Action Plan (2003–10). In line with this Strategy, the project intends to respond to the following needs:
- Deficiencies and lack of formal professional training and lack of experience from professional trainers.
- The need to acquire certain habit of social coexistence and responsible behavior that are presented in some cases and is an essential condition for achieving social integration: weak communication skills, lack of empathy etc.
- The insecurity and lack of job stability to which the disabled person can gain access, as well as the low salaries, which are largely related to the low levels of qualification and specialization.
- The need of specific public services that help people with disabilities to join the labor market, allow them to promote themselves from an employment exchange and perform the job intermediation tasks
- The need of supporting tutor as an instrument for the development of personalized professional itineraries. These supports are necessary both in the formative and in the job stage, to get a job and later to keep the job.
- Social prejudices and barriers that remain deeply rooted especially in the rural world, as well as discrimination of the person and social rejection because of their disability, which often explains the feeling of low self-esteem and brings with it discrimination and social exclusion.
- The need of a determined will to incorporate all the social agents in the pursuit of innovative initiatives that will mean a benefit for all. In this sense, there is a certain distance between enterprises and groups with integration problems.
The project will introduce the following innovations:
- The use of the training methodology of cooperative learning adapted to intellectual disabled people needs, by developing different innovative resources.
- The use the methodology of "self-employment with support" for people withdisabilities, to enhance their chances of entering to the labour market.
- The promotion of ICT tools, augmented reality and open technology to create and develop training support tools, such as open source learning platforms where the learning resources will be hosted and accessible for trainers and final users.