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Development and Education Centre Novo Mesto (Slovenia) hosted foreign professionals on an international training within the TIME@net project

In the first week of April, from 4th to 8th April 2016, we have implemented a 30 hour pilot training course for professionals who work directly with young people with intellectual disabilities. The pilot course was held in Slovenia. The participants were 12 professionals from 6 partner countries (Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria and Denmark). The basis for implementing the course was the Handbook, which was developed in the project. The main topics of the course were: presentation of the Time@net module, the involvement of employing companies at the beginning of the work inclusion pathways, evaluation models and tools for assessment of competences, the construction of specific training pathways based on the needs of the person - off-the-job training and on-the-job training and the preparation work connected to the implementation context and to the specific course.

The aim of the training was to equip the professionals with strategic competencies needed for efficient and successful inclusion of young people with intellectual disabilities to training and employment with the focus on connecting with companies and other important organizations from the beginning of the inclusion process.

The training course was very practically orientated. It was implemented by two trainers, Andrea Picini (from Italy) and Peter Svetina (from Slovenia), both have years of experiences from the field of working with persons with intellectual disabilities. The group of participants was very diverse (based on experience and field of work), which has stimulated the exchange of experience and good practices. After the training course the participants will transfer their knowledge, which they acquired on the training, to their own countries with making individual plans for including persons with intellectual disabilities in close cooperation with educational organizations and the labour market.

Program of the pilot course in Slovenia