TrainEEE includes project weeks where people with special needs complete internships in the real labour market in a work area of their choice. Evaluation reports and an interactive blog of the participants, where they record their impressions and practical experiences, are also part of trainEEE.
The first project week of trainEEE is scheduled for April 2014, where 6 young Austrians with special needs who have no labour market experience so far, can gain their first professional experiences and social skills in an internship in different, individually chosen fields of work within the association ÖJAB (and their subsidiaries). The internships can be completed for example in the following areas:
• Facility Service of ÖJAB (placement of simple craft skills),
• Administrative areas of ÖJAB (accounting, public relations, front desk, student hostel management)
• Intercultural Nature Garden Greifenstein (placement of skills as a gardener or florist)
• Hospitality and restaurants (service, kitchen, maid)
The participants of trainEEE thus have the opportunity to get to know the real labour market in an experimental environment, to get rid of the fear of contact with the labour market, to receive a positive approach to work and to strengthen confidence in their own productivity. The joy of work and the joy of learning are the priorities. The acquired skills and competencies are advantages in choosing a career and for their career starts. This way, participants will receive a practical introduction to the labour market without any pressure and without being overstrained.
Within the workpackage TrainEEE, an abbreviation for my train to Equality, Education and Europe, young people with special needs from Austria, Serbia and France completed internships in the real labor market in a work area of their choice.
The first week of TrainEEE with interns from Austria took part in April 2014. Five people with disadvantages worked from April 7 until April 11 2014 in a field of their choice: The working fields of internships included administration, gardening, cooking and senior care.
The second TrainEEE week was an intense co-operation with the partners of the workpackage (WP 5): ADAPEI from France and United in Diversity from Serbia.
From each organization five participants, accompanied by three trainers & coordinators, travelled to Vienna, Austria, in order to complete their internships in the ÖJAB facility House Neumargareten which is a senior residence and nursing home. This ÖJAB House, located in the 12Th district in the Austrian capital, has over 220 senior residents and over 150 employees; due to its size it is also providing the appropriate and ideal infrastructural requirements that allowed the interns to choose between a variety of working fields.
One participant (Milica from Serbia) was working in the beauty salon located in the ground floor of the ÖJAB-House, offering manicures. Two participants (Milos and Aleksandar from Serbia) formed a PR team, documenting the project week in Vienna with photos and establishing an interactive social media site about TrainEEE. The other seven participants (Dragana M. and Dragana S. from Serbia as well as the French participants Charlene, Amandine, Aurelien, Constant and Benoit) were the team “Coffeehouse”. They showed incredible effort in baking cakes and sweets in the morning and worked during the afternoons in the Café of the ÖJAB-House selling cakes, serving customers, cleaning dishes, etc. The Café included also the large garden of the ÖJAB-House.
The second TrainEEE week lasted from June 28 (arrival day in Vienna) until July 5 2014 (departure day from Vienna) and also included one orientation and sightseeing day in the beautiful city of Vienna as well as an intercultural BBQ with Austrian young people where the participants had a chance to interact with local people with special needs.
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