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Project  Period

The project started on Nov. 1st, 2012 and ends on Dec. 31st, 2014. The project period was two years.

Project  Summary

It is one of the key areas of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 to allow full accessibility to education as well as to the labour market for people with disabilities. In many European countries - and beyond - these requirements have still not been met. Suitable and powerful support concepts are missing. Therefore, the T-EST project will transfer the concept of SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT, a well elaborated and successful concept that provides full access to the labour market as well as to vocational training for the target group.
Based on a toolkit for the planning and implementation of supported employment, which was developed within a former Leonardo da Vinci Partnership Project, the focus was on transferring this concept to Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. It was particularly in these countries that supported employment would have an enormously positive effect on labour market participation, vocational training and integration of people with disabilities. Moreover, it would provide support for the three countries to reach the targets of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 in the fields of vocational education and the labour market.
In order to guarantee a successful transfer process, an initial analysis in the target countries was followed by adapting the toolkit for supported employment to the respective national systems and requirements. During a comprehensive pilot implementation phase the partners closely watched the transfer effects and impacts. Furthermore, the entire transfer process was embedded in an awareness raising campaign in the receiving countries to provide detailed information to companies, labour market institutions, training organisations, and associations for people with disabilities. It was of major importance that people understood the concept of supported employment to ensure its effectiveness and, therefore, an efficient exploitation of the project.

Project Aims And Objectives

The main aim of the project was to transfer the approaches and tools from the developed and tested Toolkit for Supported Employment to countries and regions that had no such system in place. To ensure a smooth and sustainable innovation transfer, the T-EST project pursued the following objectives:

  • Investigation and detailed definition of the background situation with regard to employment support for disabled persons in the transfer countries (Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey).
  • Adaptation and cultural modification of the content of the toolkit for supported employment on the basis of the identified background situation and needs in the transfer countries.
  • Linguistic translation of the toolkit content into the languages of the transfer countries.
  • Training of transfer and implementation coaches from the transfer countries to empower them to use the toolkit and to successfully accompany the transfer process in the respective countries.
  • Implementation of the toolkit content in the transfer countries.
  • Evaluation and feedback collection regarding the transfer activity for future adaptation and further development of the toolkit content.
  • In the transfer countries, planning and implementation of an awareness raising campaign regarding supported employment and the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 in relation to its effects on vocational education and training as well as the labour market.

By implementing these objectives we were able to ensure the transfer of an existing and well tested concept for vocational training and transition to the labour market for people with disabilities. A significant improvement of the situation in the countries involved was the aim.

Project  Output

The outputs of the project include:

  • Toolkits for supported employment adapted to the respective requirements of Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.
  • A training programme for transfer coaches in the three countries to support the transfer and implementation process.
  • Three pilot implementations of supported employment in the three countries.

The impact envisaged was a clear quality improvement with regard to the accessibility to the labour market for people with disabilities via vocational education and training and supported employment in Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.