GastroINKLUSIV – New models for Inclusive Teaching at Vocational Schools

According to the World Health Organization, 15% of the world population lives with a disability. The successful participation of people with special needs in education and work is essential for Europe's success in global markets. Therefore, vocational training must seek to provide tailor-made educational programs for people with and without handicaps as a part of the effort to meet the needs of the economy for skilled workers.

The goal of the project is to show ways to implement inclusive learning in vocational training (VET), using the food and beverage industry as an example. Vocational schools, educators and businesses will work together to develop inclusive learning models and formulate recommendations for an inclusive culture at vocational schools and in workplaces.

Implemented in: Germany, Italy, Austria
Duration: 2016-2018
Partners in Berlin/Brandenburg: EPIZ Entwicklungspolitisches Bildungs- und Informationszentrum e.V. (Lead Partner), BGZ Berliner Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit mbH, BIS Netzwerk für betriebliche Integration und Sozialforschung e.V., OSZ Oberstufenzentrum Dahme-Spreewald, Hotel Palace Berlin
Transnational Partners: in AT: BAOBAB – Globales Lernen, Berufsschule für Gastgewerbe, Kuratorium Wiener Pensionisten-Wohnhäuser, in IT: Eurocultura, Berufsschule Pia Società San Gaetano, Weinkellerei Vignaioli Contrà Soarda

 Given my experience advising vocational education teachers in the food and beverage industry, I strongly support the project “GastroINKLUSIV”. Education and training are public goods, and a democratic society needs to ensure the best possible access to them for all its members. Inclusion implies that all members of society have the possibility to participate in education and training, regardless of their individual attributes. Education and training are keys to young people's participation in the economy. This project broaden access to training and employment in the food service industry.

Andreas Truglia, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin