ways to success with Ida
The project supports young people with learning difficulties or learning disabilities to make the transition from school to job, integrating them into training and work. Before the start of the stay abroad, professional skills are imparted in six vocational fields at home. Linguistic and intercultural training prepare them for the stay abroad. Our transnational partners, Embrace Cooperation Ltd in Burnley, UK, with whom KIDS & CO have had a longstanding cooperation, have developed well founded experience in the qualification and care of young people with disabilities. The two-month stay abroad starts off with the exploration of the new surroundings and practice-related language training that is focused on the situation of the respective participants. The internship is performed in the job they have trained for or in the job they are aspiring to in the areas of trade, catering, office and administration, landscaping, crafts, social work and health.
In order to lend sustained support to the integration and life planning of the participants, there is a workshop called LifeDreams4You held in the last week, in which life dreams and routes to their fulfilment are drawn up.
The experience of the project partners with regard to successful methods for motivating and activating disadvantaged young people through transnational mobility is the centrepiece of annual exchanges among experts. Apart from seminars and workshops for method training in Germany, conducted by British experts, study visits of the cooperation partners in England are planned. The goal is to develop shared concepts and regional project offers for an improved integration of disabled and disadvantaged young people and to qualify those threatened by marginalisation to take on employment.