European Pathways to Employment

What is European Pathways to Employment?

Petroc recently secured funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme to collaborate on a 2 year research project with a Swedish partner school, Duveholmsgymnasiet. The project, called European Pathways to Employment for Disabled Young People, will explore the best routes for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (SLDD) to progress into meaningful employment. Whilst both Petroc and Duveholms each have experience in using a range of methods to develop employability skills, this project will enable them to learn from each other and share best practice.

How the project will work

Over the course of 2 years, staff in the UK and Sweden will attend a series of partnership meetings and workshops in both countries which will consider 4 specific models of delivery for disabled people that are widely used in education:

  • social enterprise models
  • internships
  • job coaching
  • employer engagement

In April 2017 a small group of students from Petroc will travel to Katrineholm, Sweden to take part in a bespoke training programme where they will work alongside their Swedish counterparts. The final research paper will evaluate the success of the delivery models and identify which will directly increase a young disabled person's opportunities to obtain a decent job and career in the local economy.

Keeping track of progress

In time we will share the results of the research and a range of training materials via this page. We will also hold events for interested parties to find out more about how the project is developing so if you would like to hear more about these contact projects@petroc.ac.uk.