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A survey conducted with the main Educational Health Organization in Austria showed that roughly 50% of initial applicants for classes leading to a qualification in the healthcare sector do not succeed in their training due to a lack of adequate language skills (German). An additional problem is that 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants - as well as other non-native speakers - have neither the appropriate level of language nor the vocabulary to pursue their (further) education in the healthcare sector and obtain the necessary qualifications for entering the workforce. In Germany, the situation is comparable; 56% of unqualified healthcare workers have a migration background and 27,3% of these come from Eastern-European countries (Federal Statistical Office, Institute for Adult Education, Federal Employment Agency). Health tourism, with people seeking affordable healthcare e.g. in Eastern European Countries, and German-speaking students wishing to study or train in non-German-speaking countries are further considerations that underline the urgent need for improved, vocation-specific language skills for the healthcare sector.
The IDEAL project will bridge the gap between recognized language skill deficits and current VET training/teaching/counselling methods in the healthcare sector. It will do this by developing an innovative online language learning approach, consisting of learning videos and an interactive glossary, which will be a part of a digital learning platform, and secondly, a teacher’s handbook with practical and methodological guidelines for the best usage of the videos, glossary and other materials collected. Additionally, it aims to offer digital learning tools to students and trainees in neighbouring countries so that they can improve their German language skills and enter the healthcare sector.
The project aims to contribute to raising the practical skill level of VET trainers/teachers/counsellors, and improve German language skills and labour market integration of trainees in the healthcare sector. Furthermore, it seeks to promote the use of innovative digital learning tools for language proficiency and skills training, and transfer knowledge in this area among countries. Finally, the project aims to contribute to better employability for people from partner countries wishing to train/work in the healthcare sector in German-speaking countries.
VET trainers will be equipped with a digital learning platform comprised of up-to-date training methodologies interlinked/connected to a language learning tool. The platform can be used in blended learning settings and all developed tools will be accessible anytime and anywhere due to their complete digital finish.
Implementation period: 01.05.2022 – 31.03.2024
For further information about IDEAL-project, the implementation and the roles of each partner organisation, please click on the logos of the partner organisation. For questions in terms of the technical implementation, please refer to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!