The main goal of the ATLAS project (2003-2006) was to avoid drop out of people with disabilities from the labour market caused by lack of social competences. Promoted by Sterk in Werk (Boxtel, Netherlands) partners from 7 different countries worked together on a description of the concept of ‘social competences’ and created a list with 62 relevant social skills. In all countries a questionnaire was sent out to employers to get the necessary information on what they see as the most important competences for people to keep and find a job (Place-Train-Maintain approach). An inventory of different test and training methods to use in daily practice was put together and for a period of one year all partners experimented with different methods and techniques.
In this book the findings in the project are being presented by authors that were part of the project. Readers will find the most interesting project results, such as:
• the finding of 27 social key-skills (as indicated by employers from several European countries)
• the trainer’s enthusiasm in regard to parts of the competence based training method (conclusions
after a one year’s test phase)
• an extend review on assessment and training methods on labour related social skills and competences
Clients as well as their parents, trainers, employers and many others involved in the labour assessment and training tasted the success of the ATLAS approach. As for the future the ATLAS project partners advise to continue the development of further integration of assessment and competence based training.
The ATLAS-project is sponsored by the Leonardo da Vinci Programme of the European Commission (DG Education and Culture).
The ATLAS partners:
Sterk in Werk (NL) – European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities – EASPD (EUR) – Fontys OSO (NL) – University of Cardiff – Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities (UK) – Fundatia Alpha Transilvana (RO) – Health Service Executive North West (IE) – Lebenshilfe Tirol (AT) – Meledoni (GR) – Pluralistisch Platform Gehandicaptenzorg (BE).
Edited by Ben van Hamond & Ronald Haccou
Dit is deel 22 van de Fontys OSO-reeks.