List of Inclusion Opportunities

Establishing & maintaining links to employment / labour market

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This checklist is the result of a meeting of experts that took place 11 - 13 June 2019 in Athens / Greece, and of a subsequent consultation process involving further experts external to the EICON project consortium. In the context of this meeting, National experts had been invited to provide further insights into the issue. View their contributions here.

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The following questionnaire explores to which extent ICT can be supportive or beneficial to establish and maintain the required links to employment and the labour market, or even create new opportunities for creating and nurturing links of a totally new quality. Because ICT in itself will not suffice to run these activities, the following two sections look both at technologies and respective processes to utilise these technologies for the intended purposes. The questionnaire is divided into questions relating to establishing new links and questions relating to maintaining these links once established.

Section 1: Establishing new links to employment and the labour market

Finding new companies that might be of relevance to inclusive VET is a time-consuming task. Fortunately, ICT can be supportive to render this task slightly more efficient. The following questions may be useful to reflect on the potential of various processes and technologies that help to get in touch with, and to establish links, to employment and to the labour market:


Consider establishing processes that ...

  • 1) Databases provided by third parties (e.g. chambers of industry and commerce, crafts organisations, trade guilds, regional and economic development organisations, employment offices / job centres etc.), either paper-based or electronically, directly (e.g. via web interfaces) or indirectly (e.g. via a search request) accessible by a VET organisation.
  • 2) Online presences of companies: company website or their profiles at regional (e.g. business directories, yellow pages) or other general platforms (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • 3) Practice Enterprise: A VET organization unit that is run like a real business silhouetting a real enterprise's business procedures, products and services.


Consider hardware or software that ...

  • a history of joint activities (e.g. training phases, apprenticeships, transitions)
  • contact persons and their respective details
  • a history of previous contacts (e.g., who contacted whom by when and by which means, and main content of the exchange)
  • a broad classification of the companies as partners (e.g. for single, multiple or strategic use)

Section 2: Maintaining links to employment and the labour market

Key to maintaining links is to carve out and fully understand the mutual benefit of a more permanent cooperation between a VET organisation and a company or any other stakeholder. Maintaining the link means to ensure that this win-win ‘survives’ over time.


Consider establishing processes that ...


Consider hardware or software that ...

  • 4) Explanation: This e.g. requires the technology to document not just when and who, but especially what and why activities took place, allowing any team member to continue the cooperation where another member stopped before.


The main objective of the Strategic Partnership EICON is to support organizations / institutions providing vocational education and training (VET) to become more inclusive using information and communication technology (ICT). Organizations / institutions that are active in VET are particularly in need for guidance on how to further develop, as they often have to work towards multiple aims simultaneously, i.e. inclusion usually is one among many other aims. EICON particularly explores the inherent potential and synergies in the overlapping section between education, inclusion and digitalisation.

How to use this list of inclusion opportunities?

There is no 'one best way' for any organization / institution active in VET to increase its inclusive capacity with ICT. Rather, each organization / institution needs to find its own solution that then fits perfectly to its respective situation and requirements. Therefore, this list of inclusion opportunities aims to guide organizations / institutions through a process of reflection and planning. List entries contain both examples of good practice and innovative examples and focus specifically on inclusion potential in an organisation.

Lists of opportunities may be used by different groups: teachers, managers of VET institutions / organizations and facilitators that support these organisations in organizational change processes. These lists have a slightly different focus depending on the respective role, so make sure you select the ones that fit to your role. Teachers use them, for example, to formulate requirements for their management with regard to the procurement of new ICT. Facilitators in turn can use the lists to discuss and decide on possibilities for specific ICT change projects together with the organisation's representatives. Managers can also use the lists to identify potential uses of ICT for inclusive leadership.

EICON (Enhancing inclusion capacity of educational organizations / institutions providing VET with information and communication technologies (ICT)) is an ERASMUS+ KA2 Strategic Partnership for vocational education and training during 2018 - 2020 (Grant Agreement No.2018-1-DE02-KA202-005110). This list of opportunities has been developed in the context of EICON. It represents the results of discussions among the experts involved in the project as well as a subsequent public consultation process that involved a wider audience in reviewing the intermediate results.

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