The Restart 3 project will adapt the Restart programme for use with other disadvantaged groups: people with disabilities in NI, people from migrant backgrounds in Poland, young people in Italy and lone parents in Spain, all of whom are at high risk of becoming excluded from education, training, employment and full participation in society. This project seeks to implement the adaptation and evaluation findings from the previous Restart 1 & 2 projects and will follow a similar methodology thus bringing added value to the new project in terms of its evidence base and lead partner Possibilities NI’s experience of delivery in Europe using a tested and successful methodology. The project will research the needs of each of the target groups in their respective country contexts, the Restart programme will then be adapted, translated where appropriate, pilot tested with a small group in each country (up to 10) and validated with methodology guidelines and reports created to document each stage of the project. Stakeholder seminars will be held for relevant stakeholders to assist with the programme import, delivery and sustainability of the Restart programme in each partner country. The project will also be evaluated and all of the reports will be combined to form the overall project report and final dissemination event will held in Belfast. A project website and a project film will be created and all the project outputs will be disseminated widely by all the partners at national and international stakeholders.
Across the EU currently: an estimated 80 million citizens have a disability or long term health condition (15% of the population) and 75% of people with severe disabilities do not have the opportunity to fully participate in the labour market; there are an estimated10.5 million non- EU migrants and 2.2 EU -migrants currently at risk of social exclusion with the risk of poverty increasing with the number of migrants per household (European Centre Policy Brief, March 2011) and recent statistics from Eurostat highlight the importance of migrant issues as one of the most urgent educational, social and policy issues confronting the EU today; unemployment among young people now stands at over 20% (double the rate for all age groups combined); and 7.5 million people aged 15 to 24 are currently neither in a job, education or training; one parent families continue to be at high risk of poverty and social exclusion as evidenced in ‘A study of poverty and social exclusion in one parent households in Europe’, EC 2007 and Eurostat 2010 edition ‘Combating poverty and social exclusion: A statistical portrait of the European Union 2010’ and the ‘Thematic study on policy measures concerning child poverty’ Policy Studies Findings, EC 2008 that reveals that ‘since earnings from work are usually the primary source of income for families, the employment situation of families is a key determinant of poverty.
The need to prevent this exclusion by supporting entry into the labour market is widely acknowledged (for example in ‘Partnerships for more family friendly living and working conditions’ DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities, 2008).
The project will strongly link to the Europe 2020 Strategy (including headline education, employment and poverty targets) by ensuring that the most vulnerable people in society – young people, migrants, lone parents and people with disabilities do not get left behind or become further socially excluded. The Project relates directly to the Erasmus+ objectives on equity and inclusion by promoting and facilitating access to the labour market, training and mobility opportunities to citizens from disadvantaged backgrounds at high risk of social exclusion and contributes to the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training by linking to ECVET and supporting the adoption of EU transparency and recognition tools such as Europass, EQF and ECVET.
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