Workshop Summaries

The Pegagogical Process

Assisted Vocational Training

Social problems and lack of education among young people often means that they are not accepted by companies for vocational training. Assisted vocational training provides them with an individual preparation in form of application and merging with potential companies. It also offers coaching during the training for the company as well as for the trainees. In this seminar, we would like to share our first experiences and work out possible tasks for social pedagogical support.

Jürgen Draheim is a graduate psychologist and has been working at the Bildungswerk in Kreuzberg GmbH for more than 25 years. He has experienced the changes in the inter-company training and the new demands placed on the teaching staff.

Motivation – a Crucial Factor for School Success

In this workshop we will present thoughts about motivation in relation to school success, based on a Swedish study where newly arrived students and their teachers have been interviewed. Participants will discuss and analyse various aspects of motivation as a crucial factor in education and for working life.

Maria Allström, Junior Lecturer and Annika Nittmar, Coordinator, Centre for Professional Development and Internationalisation in Schools, Uppsala University, Sweden

New Vocational Pedagogy

This workshop will cover how North Liverpool  Community College against continuing seismic changes to Further education  is  creating a vocational pedagogy with NEET learners aged 16 -18. Our practice truly listens to and involves young people in their own educational experiences, leading to successful achievement of high level qualifications and employment opportunities which they feel to be meaningful and rewarding. Learners will describe how time spent at NLCC was positive and successful when compared with school and other educational experiences.

Gill is Principal of North Liverpool Community College, the education arm of Alt Valley Community Trust.She has worked in the vocational training and education sector for over 25 years working in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Liverpool and is passionate about vocational training and education as a means of transforming lives and communities.


Aspects of Inclusion & Exclusion in Intercultural Learning

In this presentation you will hear about BWK’s work in the School for Elderly Care. Staff will present an overview of the techniques used to develop language skills by recognising cultural differences. The group stages unfold as Intercultural groups learn together.

Helga Gafga has worked at BWK for over 15 years and is responsible for German for Immigrants. She delivers Vocational courses in Elderly care and has extensive experience of working with disadvantaged communities.

The Importance of Social Codes for Social, Linguistic and Cultural inclusion

During the workshop we will discuss how an awareness and understanding of social codes help students and teachers promoting and enabling inclusion in and outside school. We present two different methods to help with student inclusion in a new situation

  • Using school as a resource to learn about society
  • Guidance in mother tongue – a manual for learning social codes

The discussion will be based on a study of social codes and their impact on newly arrived students in Sweden.

Babiker El Obeid, Teacher, Celsiusskolan, Uppsala Municipality.

Marita Gareis, Junior Lecturer, Centre for Professional Development and Internationalisation in Schools, Uppsala University.

Simeon Oxley, Mother Tongue Teacher, Språkskolan, Uppsala Municipality, Sweden.

Specialist Intervention for Disengaged Young People

This workshop will outline the strategies deployed by a large secondary school to meet the needs of a group of disengaged and vulnerable teenagers who were all classified as being ‘at risk’ of becoming NEET (not in Education, training or employment)

Specialist intervention enabled learners to re-engage with the formal educational system, take ownership of their education and re-join their path towards employment opportunities.

The overall objective was to help these students become happy, stable and economically active members of society so we will share the journeys of these young people and discuss how the specialist intervention led to positive outcomes for this disadvantaged group of learners.

Alma is a Director of Alt Valley Community Trust and has worked in the Educational sector for over 39 years holding a variety of leadership and consultancy roles with schools, Local Authorities and Third Sector organisations 


Berlin Berufsrouten ( Berlin Job Routes)

With this workshop we would like to illustrate how the Berlin Job-Routes take place. We want to provide insight in how we attach vocational guidance to the everyday reality of young people, how we mobilize young people to go out and get them to explore their neighbourhood from a different perspective – the perspective of vocational training and work life and life-long learning.  At the same time we also want to show how we link Berlin Job Routes to the needs of local training companies.

Khalid Sharif is Projektmanager of Berliner Berufsrouten. He has extensive experience with developing Educational Projects. As a person himself who has a Palestinian migrant background he also consults on and develops new vocational trainee programs within migrant companies in Berlin.

Promoting Employability – Preventing Exclusion

This workshop will present good practise regarding bridging education with working life. Johanna will give examples from local and regional support activities in Gothenburg, Sweden. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and analyse these issues related to their own contexts.

Johanna Redelius, Development Manager, GR School-Working Life unit, GR Education (Gothenburg Regional Association).

Establishing Meaningful Links with Employers

This workshop will feature Case Studies to illustrate how qualitative work placements can lead to full time employment for young people who are classified as NEET. Danielle will outline how Alt Valley Community Trust works with employers to support young people to gain full time employment. Listen to four young people tell their individual stories and describe which strategies proved to be most effective in helping them to develop confidence and work based competencies.

Danielle Forman is Assistant CEO at Alt Valley Community Trust and has extensive experience in successful project management. She specialises in developing collaborative initiatives with Partners which help individuals to overcome barriers to education and employment.