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Section 6: Piloting of the tool - The Roadmap

The aim of the work package is to pilot the indicators developed in the previous work packages, in order to test the use of the completed tool in practice and finalize it based on the received feedback. The joint piloting exercise took place in Tartu Vocational Education Centre in February 2013, but the tool will be tested also in other partner countries after the Tartu workshop.

The introductions written in previous work packages to each of the dimensions were dealt with as well, especially through the training conducted for the Tartu Vocational Education Centre management and teaching staff. The pilot in Tartu was open to other stakeholders, namely to educational authorities, students and working-life representatives. The same applies with the national pilots in other partner countries. Thereby, one aim of this work package is to disseminate and exploit the results of the project in each of the partner countries.

The report on the piloting experiences will be included in the project’s final outcome, the tool “A Roadmap to inclusion of students with special educational needs for professionals in VET learning environments”. The work package is coordinated by Tartu Vocational Education Centre but the University of Tartu will contribute considerably to the completion of the work package.

In the piloting WP, the work started with putting together the three lists of indicators as well as the introductions to each of the dimensions. This work was coordinated by the Vocational Education Centre of Tartu. The quality check of the results of each development work package took place simultaneously. In addition, the University of Tartu prepared the training sessions for the piloting workshop. These preparatory activities prior to the piloting workshop took place in October – December 2012.

Piloting of the completed tool took place in February 2013 in Tartu Vocational Education Centre. The piloting process contained joint testing of the tool (usability of indicators) with participants from relevant stakeholder groups such as VET college staff, educational authorities, working life representatives and students. In addition, training on inclusive VET learning environments for the college staff took place. The joint piloting experience in Estonia will be followed by national piloting processes in March - April 2013 in three other partner countries, where relevant stakeholder groups will participate similarly to Estonia.

The WP6 will also contain summarizing and evaluating the results and experiences on the use of the tool in each partner country, finalising the tool, as well as writing a report on the piloting experience. 

The working days are allocated as follows: JAMK 21; Northampton 21; Masaryk 15; Uni Tartu 22; KVI 9; OCVC 9; F.C. Roosevelta 9 and Tartu VEC 54.