Janus (Leonardo Da Vinci) Project
Sandwich courses for young people: coaching practices to secure training and intergenerational learning (JANUS)
Project number: LLP/LdV/PA/2013/IRL-PP17
The aim of this European partnership is to observe and exchange good practice in global mentoring of transitions and intergenerational learning through a variety of sandwich (i.e. alternating) training contexts in Europe. It is assumed that the comments and structured responses received (from both mentors and trainees) will assist in examining the most relevant forms of tutoring/coaching and the impact that sandwich-type programmes have on continuous professional development and sustainable employment for young and older employees and trainees. Furthermore the project will seek to identify any differences in environment that the trainee/trainer in a large organization experiences to those in a smaller organization. The Project has as its objectives to identify good practices tutoring alternating routes to secure employment and training and promote the transfer of skills between generations.
Each partner organization hosts a 2-day seminar with the Leonardo project partners, including:
- The presentation of the dual system of the country (the various forms of alternating devices, utilities, training courses concerned)
- The presentation of its practices tutoring career security and intergenerational learning
- Presentation coaching practices relevant to the field of intergenerational transfer of skills: each partner during the seminar invites four (or more) partners to present the most relevant practices that are likely to base recommendations for improving intergenerational coaching
- Presentation of the results of the qualitative survey of trainers and trainees
- Presentation of its recommendations for improving intergenerational mentoring.
In taking the aims of the project into consideration the following identifies the main activities and outcomes that the Irish partners in this project achieved
- A.Exchange of information on internships, apprenticeships, sandwich courses, continuing professional development, lifelong learning and on-the-job training as these structures and services are operating in each of the partnership countries.
- B.Presentation of this information by each of the partners to an invited audience (150 persons) of employers who are engaged in the CNAM system of mentoring, apprentice training and sandwich courses for industry.
- C.Updates from each partner country on the educational system in that country and exchange of supporting documentation
- D.Round table discussions on matters relating to Intergenerational Learning as experienced in partner countries and viewing of training video from CNAM on common perceptions of ageism in the workplace. The interactive training video attempts, using actors and scripts, to highlight preconceived ideas of age in relation to particular roles of employees in the workplace
- E.Drafting of questionnaire to capture structured opinions and experience of both tutors (i.e. those who train or mentor or deliver learning) and trainees in relation to types of training received (or delivered), support mechanisms that exist in the place of employment and at governmental level, etc.
- F.Trialing the draft questionnaire on selected audiences and modifying the questionnaires based on this feedback
- G.Finalising structured questionnaire in both English (ITT’s final version of both questionnaires is attached) and French
- H.Sending questionnaires to tutors and trainees and following up with phone calls or meetings in person to get reasonable response rates.
- I.A logo for the project was designed, agreed and circulated to each partner.
- J.It was agreed that the main partner would establish a link from its website to highlight the progress of this project.
- K.The analysis, results and interpretation and discussion of questionnaires were discussed and it was decided to disseminate the results to as wide an audience of interested parties as possible.
- L.The Irish partners authored a paper which was published and presented at the University-Industry Conference 2015 in Berlin.