Evaluation of the First Phase of Leonardo da Vinci Programme (1996 – 1999) in the Czech Republic and Valorisation of Its Results Contents


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A 24 – Information technology for people with a sight handicap

The authors informed the potential guidance organisations, they present their results also on the Internet. People with a sight handicap are a very narrow group for the labour offices. They consider the SONS organisation (United organisation of blind persons and people with weak sight) as their most important guidance point. They improved the guidance offer in their target group. It is important for them to inform the potential clients in an appropriate way.

A 27 – Computer programme for career diagnosing


The COMDI programme is a typical guidance tool for the choice of occupation, which makes it possible to limit the possibility of incorrect choice of future study, and supports the correct choice corresponding with the personal characteristics of a pupil who finishes the primary school. It has its circle of users, even though it is not complex and provides lower operational practical ability.

A 28 – Guide through the world of occupations


On account of its complexity, this project is truly a comfortable tool for guidance activities. It is focused not only on the pupils who finish the primary school, but also on handicapped people and on the unemployed. It makes self-diagnosing possible, gives an opportunity to learn about appropriate occupations, but e. g. also to write a CV. The presentation of information is ensured through multimedia. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs bought it for all labour offices in the Czech Republic. It is suitable both for individual and group guidance.

A 34 – Database of continuing training

This Internet based project is a guidance tool. It is possible to work with it as an aid making the interview between the guidance practitioner and the client easier. The procedure of seeking a concrete course is not suited for a lay user. The practical use of the content of the database depends on the quality and topicality of the information stored, that is, on the frequency and quality with which the registered training institutions and agencies will update this information. The confidence and exploitation of the project results will depend mainly on the content of the database.


B 18 – Better access to professional guidance for socially excluded groups, pilot training module for guidance practitioners

is The product of this project is an Internet based training programme for guidance practitioners so the improvement could be expected in a better approach and professional level of guidance practitioners.



B 19 – Guide for group training and activation of abilities of participants to find a job – Drehbuch

The job clubs are nearly a classic method of group guidance now for the labour offices, but this situation was not the same everywhere and at all times. Even though only the translation of an instruction guide was the result of the project, it was a good basis for further development some time ago.


B 20 – Acquisition of personal skills and job seeking skills


The project output can improve the everyday guidance activity. With respect to the project having been finished recently, they can be used only at the local level yet.

B 23 – Shared employment system SHARE


Sharing a working place by two part-time employers can be a good basis for the guidance work only under the condition that the guidance practitioner is informed about it and is able to explain it both to the employer and job seekers.

B 24 – Ronja – local project for development of chances for unemployed women

Even though this project was individual and non-repeatable, it contributed to the understanding that unemployed women without qualification or with minimum qualification are a group the prospects of which could be improved considerably through the group guidance methods.


Summary:

The Leonardo da Vinci projects evaluated paid enough attention to guidance. Some of them were focused on the improvement of knowledge of guidance practitioners, others tried to develop better, more reliable and complex guidance tools. Several projects were focused on the practitioners as a group. The support of guidance was the main aim of some projects, others developed the products with only marginal relationship to the guidance.



  1. The Valorisation Methodology Used

The valorisation of the project results, as well as the evaluation, from the first phase of Leonardo da Vinci programme was based on the results of the projects approved in 1999 and earlier. The valorisation was focused on identification of projects with high potential in terms of the possibility of exploiting their results (or developed products) on a large scale, and on dissemination of information to as wide an audience of potential users as possible. The valorisation also included recommendations for promoters of selected projects, as how disseminate the achieved results.

The first step to the valorisation of the first programme phase was already the conference Leonardo da Vinci Programme - Community Vocational Training Action Programme in the Czech Republic. It was organised by the National Agency of Leonardo da Vinci programme in co-operation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on 2nd and 3rd March 2000. The representatives of the European Commission (General Directorate Education and Culture) and Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs were among the speakers at this conference. It took place on the occasion of the European Commission’s Call for proposals 2000 – 2002, which opened the second phase of the programme (2000 – 2006). Presentation of the results of more than 30 selected Leonardo da Vinci projects to nearly 300 participants of the conference was on the agenda. The Compendium of Projects with nearly 300 pages of text was elaborated in order to support the dissemination of information about the projects and their results. It has been distributed free of charge to potential users of project results and is available on the web site of the National Agency of Leonardo da Vinci programme.

Another part of the valorisation activities was a set of four valorisation seminars organised by the National Agency in co-operation with the relevant ministries in the period from November 2000 till June 2001. Also these seminars included presentation of the project results to potential users. The thematic orientation of the seminars and their focus on specific target groups increased their impact. More detailed reports on the individual valorisation seminars are presented in the following chapter.


Elaboration of standardised project fiches for projects identified as projects with high impact potential belonged to other valorisation activities. The independent experts from three areas relevant to Leonardo da Vinci programme (see chapters 6 – 8) were the authors of these fiches. About 30 project fiches describing the project results (products) and recommending the ways of dissemination of these results (products) among other potential relevant users composed the output of this part of valorisation activities. The project fiches always recommended the range of users and concrete dissemination methods.

The valorisation conference organised by the National Agency of Leonardo da Vinci programme in March 2002 constituted the peak of the valorisation activities. Its objectives and agenda were also focused on the exploitation of the project results. On the occasion of this conference, also the distribution of this evaluation and valorisation report on the programme results started, as well as the distribution of a new volume of the Projects Compendium informing about all projects approved in 2000 and including an overview of all participating Czech organisations. A similar project compendium will be published regularly every year.


  1. Reports on the Valorisation Seminars of Leonardo da Vinci Programme

10.1 Report on valorisation seminar Improving of employment policy incl. employability of disadvantaged groups and guidance held on 1st November 2000

The seminar, organised in co-operation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, was focused on the presentation of the project results achieved in the first phase of Leonardo da Vinci programme by the Czech organisations as promoters, and by Czech partners within projects submitted by the foreign promoters. The presentation helped to disseminate information about the project results among other relevant organisations. The results of the following projects were presented there:


  • DHV CR, Prague: Guide through the world of occupations

  • DHV CR, Prague: Database of continuing training

  • National Observatory for vocational training and labour market, Prague: Forecasting of training needs: comparative analysis, development and implementation of methodology

  • KD Junior, Chotěboř: COMDI – computer programme for career diagnosing

  • Institute of Pedagogical and Psychological Guidance, Prague: Training of guidance practitioners in the external form

  • ABS WYDA, Žďár nad Sázavou: Information technology for people with a sight handicap

  • United organisation of blind persons and people with weak sight, Prague: Improvement of access to training and employment for handicapped people

  • Secondary Police School of the Ministry of Interior, Prague: Communication with handicapped persons

  • KREO Plus, Prague: Vocational training programme for Romany people

  • National Information and Guidance Centre, Prague: European web site ESTIA

  • Labour Office, Tábor: Prognoses and preparation for shifts of labour force in Europe

  • Confederation of Industry and Transportation of the Czech Republic: European pilot project of international mentor programme for women

  • Association of tenants, Prague: Ronja – local project for development of chances for unemployed women

  • DHV CR, Prague: Development of European approaches to exploitation of qualification and competencies of immigrants – women for their vocational training

  • North Bohemian business and training group, Ústí nad Labem: Training network of European regions

The presentation of the project results and the reactions to the presentation made it possible to identify the results (products) with a high quality and an appropriate focus, with the prospect of a broader exploitation in the pro-active employment policy or employment support in the Czech Republic. These preconditions will be further assessed and used in the next phases of valorisation of the project results achieved in the first phase of Leonardo da Vinci programme.

The representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs declared at the seminar that the results of the Leonardo da Vinci projects correspond with the intentions of the Ministry, and that they support and complement both the employment policy described by the National Employment Plan and the preparation of the Czech Republic for the accession to the European Union.

The views of the representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, social partners, labour offices and other participants contributed during the discussion to the identification of themes for next possible pilot projects. These themes are e. g. as follows:


  • Innovation of retraining and continuing training which can be used for lifelong learning support

  • Innovation which could help to increase the employability of disadvantaged groups at the labour market or support equal opportunities at the labour market

  • Development and improvement of information systems of training and employment possibilities which could be used by employment services

  • Support of entrepreneurship

The discussion also proved the usefulness of the Leonardo da Vinci programme priorities stated at the Community level also for the specific conditions in the Czech Republic.

The mobility projects of the Leonardo da Vinci programme helped to improve the employability of their participants. It is recommended to increase the number of young unemployed people participating in the mobility projects.


10.2 Report on the valorisation seminar Contribution of transnational co-operation to innovation of vocational education and research in tertiary education

The National Agency of Leonardo da Vinci programme organised the seminar within its valorisation activities in co-operation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on 19th April 2001. 60 professionals from the tertiary education sector, mostly promoters of the Leonardo da Vinci projects approved during the first phase of the programme, and Leonardo da Vinci programme contact persons from universities took part in the seminar.

At the beginning, the advisor to the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Mr. Jan Stanìk, informed the seminar participants about the strategic objectives of the Ministry. Then, the results of 10 pilot projects and 1 example of a mobility project were presented. The presented projects represent all projects related to the seminar topic (with one exception), and were all submitted by a Czech institution in the role of the promoter (co-ordinator):


  • Association of higher vocational schools, Prague. Towards European modular structures

  • Czech Technical University in Prague: Mechanics with matlab

  • Technical University in Ostrava, Centre for European Studies: European centre for sustainable development

  • Institute of Applied Mechanics of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic: Improvement of reliability teaching through application of simulation techniques

  • Czech Technical University in Prague, Klokner Institute: Transfer of technological innovations in Eurocodes

  • Thomas Bata University in Zlín: Training in European affairs for managers of regional organisations

  • Technical University in Ostrava: Management training of culture institutions

Also the results of three pilot projects with participation of Czech institution in the role of partner of a foreign promoter (co-ordinator) were presented:

  • Czech University of Agriculture in Prague: Adaptation of the content and methods of agricultural vocational training to requirements through training innovations

  • National Institute of Vocational Education, Prague: Qualification with double orientation towards employment and tertiary education

  • National Information and Guidance Centre, Prague: European web site ESTIA

An example of the Leonardo da Vinci mobility projects was presented by the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň.

The closing part of the seminar was devoted to the discussion on the priority themes of the Leonardo da Vinci projects which the seminar participants would recommend to solve in the next years. In the introductory part spoke Director General for Education in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Jana Švecová, Jan Staník from the Chemical – Technical University in Prague on behalf of Director of Department for University Education MoEYS, Eva Münsterová from Technical University in Brno on behalf of the Council of Universities of the Czech Republic, and Jiří Průcha, Deputy Director of the Centre for University Education Studies.

At the end of the seminar, the participants agreed on two main conclusions:


  1. The presented results of Leonardo da Vinci programme pilot projects with participation of Czech tertiary education establishments, higher vocational schools and other institutions, represent innovative training materials and other results which prove the contribution to transnational co-operation in favour of innovations of vocational education and research within tertiary education.



  1. The discussion of the representatives of universities, the MoEYS, the Council of Universities of the Czech Republic, and other organisations, suggested thematic areas the solving of which with a contribution of next Leonardo da Vinci projects the seminar participants consider extremely important and useful for the tertiary education sector as a whole. Examples of such thematic areas are as follows:

  • Innovation of training programmes for teachers and tutors concerning the exploitation of information and communication technologies (e. g. e-learning)

  • Continuing training systems for practitioners (incl. teachers)

  • Implementation of distance learning and combined forms of teaching in the tertiary education

  • Concept of the lower stage of tertiary education, and its comparison at the international level

  • Innovation of guidance activities and systems within the tertiary education sector

10.3 Report on the valorisation seminar Use of information and communication technologies in the human resources management and in the development of foreign language skills

The seminar was organised by the National Agency of Leonardo da Vinci programme in co-operation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Industry and Trade on 9th May 2001 as part of its activities focused on the valorisation of the project results achieved during the first phase of the programme. It took place on the occasion of the European Year of Languages, the Week of language training of adults and the Day of Europe. 62 professionals from the information technologies in education area and from the field of foreign language teaching participated in the seminar.

In the introductory part of the seminar, the co-ordinator for the European Year of Languages in the CR, Ms. Jaroslava Delišová from the MoEYS informed the seminar participants about the strategic objectives of the MoEYS in the field of foreign language skills development. Then Vladimír Činovský from the department of continuing training of adults and information policy in the MoEYS presented the strategic objectives of the MoEYS in the field of information technologies in education.

The results of 14 Leonardo da Vinci projects from the first phase of the programme related to the seminar topic were presented during the seminar. The first group of presented projects were pilot projects and language competencies projects with the Czech organisations in the role of the project promoter (co-ordinator):


  • G. Habrman higher vocational school, Česká Třebová: International logistics through language modules and multimedia presentations

  • Czech University of Agriculture in Prague: Management training modules for external training using Internet

  • Secondary technical school and higher vocational school, Šumperk: School 2001 – development in the field of information society

  • Technical University in Brno: Effective writing in English for scientists and technicians

  • XOPERE, Ostrava: Procurement, transfer and processing of audio-visual information in the medicine area, telepathology

  • Olomouc Training Centre, Olomouc: English for management training

The pilot projects and language competencies projects with the Czech organisation in the partner role were presented in the second project group:

  • METER Silesia, Ostrava: Training of occasional trainers through the Internet

  • J. A. Komenský Academy, Prague: Certification of teachers in the vocational language teaching

  • INORGA Consulting, Ostrava: Training modules „Virtual management school“

  • Centre for Gender Studies, Prague: Women and the Internet

  • Czech Association of Nurses, Prague: Language training for European nurses

  • National Information and Guidance Centre, Prague: European web site ESTIA

The mobility projects constituted the third group of projects the results of which were presented:

  • Placement project of pupils from the Higher vocational school with technical and business branches in Rychnov nad Kněžnou
  • Exchange project of teachers from the Higher vocational school and Business academy in Kopřivnice.


The closing part of the seminar was devoted to discussion on priority themes of the next Leonardo da Vinci projects. In the discussion, the results of projects presented were appreciated. The discussion resulted in following conclusions and recommendations:

  1. Information about the project results should be as much disseminated as possible in order to enable many users to exploit them. The Teachers Training Centres in regions could be used for dissemination of information among secondary and higher vocational schools

  2. It is also possible to use the Internet for discussion on priority project themes and to involve a broader audience of professionals in the discussion

  3. The seminar participants recommend to try to realise the projects focused on the development of foreign language skills in various branches

  4. A database of textbooks and other learning materials available through the Internet could contribute to the improvement of foreign language teaching at various types of schools at various levels. It is recommended to consider the possibility of enlarging such a database by the current results of the ESTIA project

  5. The National Agency of Leonardo da Vinci programme will, as usual, send to the participants the list of e-mail addresses of the participants and a list of other contact data of promoters of projects presented during the seminar

10.4 Report on valorisation seminar Contribution of the transnational co-operation of schools and enterprises to the improvement of vocational training relevance

The National Agency of Leonardo da Vinci programme organised the seminar with the above mentioned topic as a part of its valorisation activities. 67 professionals from schools, enterprises and other organisations participated in the seminar, which was organised in co-operation with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

In the introductory part of the seminar, the representatives of co-operating Ministries spoke. Director General of the Section for Entrepreneurship in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Václav Polák underlined the contributions of the transnational co-operation of vocational schools and enterprises and appreciated the project results which the enterprises (especially the SMEs) can use. The Director of the Department for secondary and higher vocational education in the MoEYS, Vojtěch Šrámek presented several intentions which the Ministry is ready to support (e. g. employability of school graduates, co-operation with the social partners, permeability of training pathways, new training programmes).

The core of the seminar consisted of presentations of the results of 12 Leonardo da Vinci pilot projects and 1 group of mobility projects. The pilot projects with the Czech organisations in the role of the promoter (co-ordinator) were presented in the first group:


  • EuroProfis, Prague: Management of human resources development 2005 – continuing training for personnel managers

  • University of West Bohemia in Plzeň: University – enterprise innovation

  • The Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic, Prague: Innovation of continuing training in the plumbing sector

  • Technical University in Ostrava: Technology training for the SMEs

  • Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions, Prague: Social dialogue, motivation for training and new training methods

The presentations of the pilot projects with the Czech organisation in the role of a partner of the foreign promoter were in the second group of projects presented:

  • Czech Telecom, Prague: Active continuing training in the European telecommunication industry

  • National Institute of Vocational Education and Training, Prague: Mobility support through transparency of certificates – EuroCert

  • TKW Lucas Autobrzdy, Jablonec nad Nisou: Training of new working structures within the European production structures

  • Integrated secondary school, Brno and ABB Alstom Power Czech, Brno: Dynamic network AVENUE for organisation of vocational placements

  • Secondary schools Educhem, Meziboří: New skills for bridging changes in the industry

  • Business Academy, Plzeň: International multiplier project

  • DAHA, Prague: European standards of quality management in the vocational training area

The set of placements and exchange projects for both students and teachers from the Integrated secondary school in Chomutov was an example of mobility projects.

Discussion on priority themes of the next Leonardo da Vinci projects was on the agenda of the closing part of seminar. The following views were e. g. expressed in the discussion:


  • The impact of projects with the themes resulting not only from the needs of participating institutions but from the needs of a broader group of institutions or users is extremely high. The results of such projects have the best preconditions for exploitation within the system as a whole

  • The thematic priorities for 2002 were stated by the European Commission. For the next years, they will be stated during next year. Each project must be related to one of the more thematic priorities

  • The Compendium of the Leonardo da Vinci projects is very useful. Similar compendium (or another form) of products developed during the projects would be very useful

  • When next projects are considered, it will be possible to take into account the preparation of the proposal of a valorisation or dissemination project, i. e. a project which will be based on the already achieved results and which enlarges and deepens these results

  • The Leonardo da Vinci mobility projects prove very good contributions both to the direct mobility participants and to the promoting organisations

1 This identification of projects corresponds with the identification used in the list of projects in the chapter 5.




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