About Project

The project “WOODABILITY: Development of a Training path and Training Content on Therapies for Disabled based on Manufacturing Processes and Techniques employed in the Furniture and Woodworking Sector for the Recognition and validation of Skills and Transversal Capacities, co-funded by the European Commission Erasmus+ KA2 programme, project number 2014-1-TR01-KA202-013219, borns as a tool for the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills and transversal capacities for promoting Labor Inclusion of disabled people in sectors as traditional as furniture is.

Four partner organizations from Turkey, Italy, Spain and Germany are involved in WOODABILITY project in order to develop and validate a harmonized European Curriculum based on the principles of ECVET for service providers to disabled people through the implementation of occupational therapies focused on furniture manufacturing and wood handcraft.

The project is funded from the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission. The 24-month project will be operational from November 2014 till February 2017.

BACKGROUND
At least 16% of the EU27 working age population has a disability, many with the ability and the will to work. People with disabilities therefore constitute a significant potential for contribution to the economy and the labor market. The employment rate of disabled people is 50% as opposed to over 68% for non-disabled people, is already an indication that the potential of people with disabilities remains greatly underused. People with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be inactive compared to non-disabled people. Moreover, the likelihood of disability increases with age, and, in the light of the current EU demographic situation, the occurrence of disability is expected to increase. Therefore it is crucial to address the needs of people with disabilities in order to allow them to better integrate into the labor market and to participate in society.

AIMS OF THE PROJECT
WOODABILITY poject aims and objecktives demonstrate a strong link with European Policy priorities for VET like:

  • Realizing an inclusive VET is one of the Strategic Objectives identified in The Bruges Communiqué on enhanced VET cooperation, 2011-2020, and aligned with SO2 y SO3, stating that measures ensuring on an equal basis should be taken, specially for groups at risk of exclusion: The participation of such groups in VET should be facilitated. Greater involvement of VET stakeholders and greater visibility for the achievements of EU cooperation in VET and Making good use of EU support are other transversal objectives identified in this VET policy priority aligned with WOODABILITY.
  • The policy priority “VET for better skills growth and jobs” identified some key challenges so as to advance towards a seamless European training area: Among these key challenge , Attractive and inclusive VET and IVET that should equip learners with both key competences and specific vocational skills are proposed and aligned with SO2, SO3 and SO4.
  • The policy priority “Work-based Learning in Europe. Practices and policy pointers” is aligned with SO2, since users improve their skills and transversal capacities through the development of work-based learning therapies.

ACTION PLAN
In order to achieve the main aim of the project the partners will implement a series of steps, outputs that will guarantee a good impact over the target group and a sustainable effect over time.

SO1: To carry out a Research on the skills and transversal capacities that individuals improve during the execution of tasks related to the furniture and woodworking manufacturing.

SO2: To create a work-based learning content addressed to service providers in general for persons with disabilities for the development of therapies based in tasks and techniques employed in the manufacturing process of furniture and wood handcraft.

SO3: To define a Recognition and Validation tool for the assessment of all skills and transversal competences identified in SO1 through the learning content identified in SO2.

SO4: To carry out a Research on how skills and transversal capacities defined in SO1 of disabled people are improved while performing therapies defined in SO2 through the put into practice of these therapies and the assessment of the skills and transversal capacities using the methodology defined in SO3.
TRANSNATIONAL PROJECT MEETINGS
Five transnational project meetings are planned: At the beginning of the project and around the beginning of each semester. These meetings will take place in Turkey, Germany, Spain, Italy  and will have implementation and coordination purposes, quality assurance, and follow up of activities developed and plan for next steps.

TARGET GROUP
The main target users of WOODABILITY project are both persons with disabilities and all those involved in the support of the disabled (therapist, occupational staff, etc). They will learn by doing and participating in their cooperative learning process.