The principal applicant in this project is the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme, at the Limerick Adult Education College. VTOS is run under the auspices of the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, which is a statutory body overseen by SOLAS, the national further education and training authority. LCETB has responsibility for the coordination, maintenance and review of further education and training as well as related support and ancillary services, in the mid-west region. It also has responsibility for youth services and second-level schools. The broad mission of LCETB encompasses objectives such as active citizenship and personal development and these go hand-in-hand with the need to upgrade skills for employability. The sector has an important role in building local workforce capacity.

The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme offers a full-time education program for unemployed adults over 21 years of age. There are currently 210 students on the Scheme, approximately half of whom are non-Irish nationals. There are 22 full-time staff. VTOS was set up to address a structural issue in the labour market whereby a significant proportion of long-term unemployed people left school before completion of upper secondary education. The aim of the Scheme is to provide students with a spectrum of education-led, vocationally-oriented learning opportunities to: raise education levels; give access to national qualifications and provide progression opportunities into further and/or higher education and training leading to employment. Career planning and guidance is an integral feature of VTOS provision and each year, over one third of the 210 students carry out work placements in local businesses and companies.

All programs under SOLAS are subject to rigorous review and planning. QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) has the responsibility to monitor and evaluate the quality of programs in the AFET sector to ensure providers establish procedures for the assessment of learners which are fair and consistent and in compliance with national standards. External auditors, the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) play a central role in the public accountability process by examining the accounts, records and transactions of all public bodies, including the Education and Training Boards.

VHS Wien – Education for Everybody
VHS Wien has more than 100 years of history and has made it possible for millions of people to work on their skills and most of all to break social barriers. VHS Wien provides the basis for further education for people with different qualifications by its huge range of courses and its democratic approach to the delivery of education. During the last 125 years VHS Wien developed into the biggest organisation for adult education in the German speaking countries. VHS Wien offers about 20,000 courses every year. Around 140,000 people register for VHS Wien courses. The biggest demand is for languages and health courses.

VHS Wien is also the largest provider of second chance education in Vienna. Preparation courses for lower secondary school leaving certificates, for Matura (A –Levels) and Studienberechtigungsprüfung (university entrance examination) and Berufsreifeprüfung (vocation based university entrance examination) are offered. In addition to general courses there are vocationally oriented courses for economy and personal development, pre-school teachers, after-school care assistants etc.

Developing Advanced Forces and New Ideas through VET (DAFNI KEK) is an independent, non-profit training organisation that primarily provides certified and/or subsidised vocational training within the framework of its management agreement with the Greek government but also with other organisations that apply non-formal or continuing vocational training to combat social exclusion and unemployment. DAFNI KEK promotes social cohesion through an active participation approach. DAFNI KEK makes every effort to offer its trainees – unemployed or employees / employers form diverse backgrounds – information that may be important to their daily work or for enhancing their active participation in their local community. We also support the implementation of their strategic plans that prioritise overall organisational development. We have a wide range of facilities available for this purpose including various publications, a comprehensive documentation service, and e-monitoring services.
In the context of providing guidance support, DAFNI KEK works as a mediator, creating and managing linkages between market demand and unemployed trainees and developing competences to facilitate the transition to employment through organised job placements. DAFNI KEK cooperates with local agencies of Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance in order to promote employment possibilities to a broader spectrum of beneficiaries.

Elements of the e- services provided include:
o Job seeking tools; e.g. templates for curriculum vitae development; job interview tips etc.
o Equal opportunities; European and National laws
o Start-up guidance; Business Plan development, Local Agency mapping, funding opportunities
o Vocational training; Basic skills

DAFNI KEK was founded in 1996 by a team of scientists with the aim of combating unemployment especially in the female and youth populations. It aims to address these issues with high level vocational training based on the latest educational methods and technological innovations. It is staffed by specialized personnel aiming at an efficient development of its activities and at the implementation of its future goals. It functions as a Certified Vocational Training Center – certified by the Greek Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs – and is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with a nationwide range of activities. DAFNI KEK is based in Patras, state of Achaia, Western Greece and the main offices are located in Elaiochorion of Dytiki Achaia – a rural area with Roma and underprivileged populations ( agricultural or domestic occupations). It is ruled by a Board of Management which takes decisions on strategy, project development and local alliances. Trainers are certified and are drawn from an Official Pool of Certified Trainers in Greece by EOPPEP (Greek Organization for the Accreditation of Qualifications).

DAFNI KEK is a member of The European Association for the Education of Adults, the Network on Outreach Empowerment and the Network for Intercultural Learning of Adults in Europe. At present DAFNI KEK is involved as coordinator of the Local Alliance for the Employment and Social Entrepreneurship of Disadvantaged Groups as authorized by the Ministry of Labour and by PDE , the Regional Agency of Western Greece, for training unemployed persons in agricultural areas through ‘AGRO-DIEXODOS’.
DAFNI KEK supports local communities and municipalities in their work with target groups like senior citizens, people with disabilities and underprivileged groups.

WEA Cymru is an Adult Education Provider serving Wales. The WEA is a voluntary movement, committed to the promotion of educational opportunities, in the widest sense, to young people and adults. It concentrates on those outside traditional educational provision and empowers students in and through their learning. The WEA has been delivering adult community learning
and workplace learning in Wales since 1907.

WEA CYMRU’S Mission Statement is: ‘To enhance the life chances of adults and young people through the delivery of high quality education that promotes active citizenship, employability, cultural enrichment, social justice and health and well being, giving due regard to the Welsh language and culture and the diversity of communities in Wales’. Its Purpose is: ‘To empower individuals, through the attainment of confidence, skills and knowledge, so that they can play an active and democratic role in society locally, nationally and internationally’.

INSIGNARE is a non-profit association located at Ourém, in central Portugal. We have several working areas – two VET secondary schools, with more than 500 students coming from several municipalities around our own (EPO – Ourem Vocational School and EHF – Fatima Hospitality Vocational School), an adult training centre (CFC), with more than one thousand trainees each year, one local employment centre (GIP, with more than five hundred people enrolled) and one vocational / professional guidance and validation centre (CQEP). Both schools have diversified teaching staff, full-time and part-time, because as much of the teaching staff is also integrated within the labour market, knowledge and experience of the labour force can be and is transmitted to the students. All the courses are level IV and grant equivalence to 12th grade.
Ourém Vocational School (EPO), founded in 1990, has Management, IT, Metalworking, Industrial Maintenance and Electronics courses, following the strategic decision of becoming an industrially focused VET school.
Fátima Hospitality Vocational School has Cookery, Waiter, Receptionist, Environmental and Rural Tourism courses, and has fully equipped facilities for the practical training of these subjects, highlighting the two training kitchens, one industrial kitchen, one training restaurant and bar. Almost daily we have external catering services following companies’ requests.
Our Adult Training Centre is the largest private one in the region, offering short and medium term paid and non-paid courses.
Like EHF, EPO is fully equipped with the facilities needed to properly and efficiently provide work environment training, both for youth and for adults. Our facilities include: Broadband internet access: cable and wifi; Two IT rooms, both with 24 PCs, smartboard and air conditioned; Classrooms with projectors and air conditioned.

We also provide:
o Metalworking workshop, with a range of equipment, like CNC machines, that our students use to develop their hard skills in an almost real work environment.
o IT, Electronics and Automation workshop, with equipment suitable to prepare them for installation, maintenance, repair and adjustment of hydraulic power, electronic, pneumatic and industrial automation systems.
o Industrial Maintenance workshop, where our students are trained to work at the area of maintenance, related analysis and diagnosis, control and monitoring of the operating conditions of electromechanical equipment and industrial electrical installations.

We have very good ties with regional stakeholders, as the City Council and the local Business Association are two of our ‘owners’. All of our working areas have experience dealing with LLP.