Project goals

This project aims to test, create and develop the use of theatre and drama within the curriculum for young people’s employability and job skills training experiences. The project creates an innovative strategic partnership which will bring together voluntary, statutory and private sector youth workers and trainers, who support young people's employability and social inclusion.

Theatre and Drama may allow them to be more active in learning , and show young people how to create a successful career or become more motivated. We aim to increase the awareness of Drama within schools, teaching staff, trainers, and youth workers, as an employability tool, and roll out the new curriculum and approach within the partner countries (and wider EU community).

Project objectives

  • Exchange new best practice in Poland, Hungary and UK;

  • Create a new Network of youth work and tutors in London to develop best practice in using Theatre and Drama in the learning offer;

  • Develop and deliver new or innovative youth work training materials and methods, using Drama and Theatre;

  • Promote the recognition of skills by referencing them to European and national qualifications frameworks and using EU validation instruments such as Youthpass;

  • Co-operate with local statutory bodies in the UK, Poland and Hungary to embed good practice in learning;

  • Build relationships among youth organisations and other organisations active in education and training as well as the job market in the UK;

  • Provide short term training exchange (10 day training events) for 30 Tutors/Youth Workers, to learn new skills;

  • Run 2 x annual, 10 two hour workshops for staff, tutors, youth workers and professionals in Drama and Theatre curriculum and activities;

  • Create a new Toolkit and Handbook on Drama and Theatre within employability skills courses, in Polish, Hungarian and English;

  • Launch and disseminate the new Curriculum across partner countries and EU.


Project background

UNITED KINGDOM

This addresses a major challenge both in the UK, of motivating and engaging young people in learning activities, which will improve their employability. We aim to create a new approach to enhancing young people’s skills, and improve the relevance and quality of learnings available to young people. Many young people feel alienated (eg in UK over 1million young people are NEET), and through creating a more interesting, stimulating and young people centric curricula, we will re-engage and excite young people. London has significant issues with youth unemployment (25% and 238000 long term), youth apathy, low skills and poor education amongst the 14-18 population. Many are at the margins of society and feel isolated & disengaged. Youth discontent has resulted in many social problems, and some social disorder (Work Foundation. -Youth Unemployment)


HUNGARY

At present the rate of unemployment in the 15 –-24 age group in Hungary is 28.4 %; it has increased by 1.3 % from the previous year. 18.5 % of the pool of unemployed people in the labour market come from those between the ages of 15-24. Every third young person in this age group is unemployed. (Source Youth Unemployment NOW 2014 issue 1; Skills OCED Data ) There is a significant segregation in the population with respect to their opportunities in the labour market. The main determining factor is their level of education.

POLAND

The largest group of registered unemployed people are those with an elementary vocational education and high school and post-high school education. At the end of 2012 this group made up 28.3 % of the total unemployed, while those with high school and post-high school education were 27.3 %. Over 24% of 15-24 year olds are unemployed in Poland, and this is an increasing trend. Low education, low skills and poor engagement in training are major factors.

One of the key outputs for the Dramatic Changes project was to create a new Toolkit and Handbook on Drama and Theatre within employability skills courses, in Polish, Hungarian and English.

The Training Plan has been finalised after being discussed by all project partners and also by Focus Groups consisting of teachers and trainers convened by the Rogers Foundation in Budapest and the University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz.  The Training Plan has been through several drafts and was also re-formatted to make it more clear and easy to follow for tutors who will be using it. 

The Training Plan was initially used at the Mobility Learning Activity in October 2015 and delivered over 10 days to 8 tutors. Following this training session, the Training Plan was further refined taking into account feedback from the tutors who attended, and comments from the Project Manager and the tutor who delivered the lessons. Over the course of the training we determined which activities were most useful and inspiring and enhanced these.

This revised Training Plan then formed the basis of the Mobility Learning Activity which took place in London in February 2016, and was further tweaked before the Mobility Learning Activities which took place in Budapest in July 2016 and Lodz in October 2016.

The Training Plan has been the basis for the production of a resource manual for tutors and a student manual.  All documents are now being translated into Hungarian and Polish, and all documents will be available for download from this website in early 2017.  

Here is a summary of key project activity to date:

  • The first Transnational Project meeting took place in Budapest on the 19th and 20th May 2015 – attended by all partner organisations.
  • At this meeting a plan of action for the project was agreed and dates for all future activities were provisionally put in place with clear roles and responsibilities for actions defined for each partner. Service Level Agreements were then issued to partners.
  • In June 2015, we recruited an experienced drama coach (who also has a background in running courses to help young people improve their employability skills) to work with us on the drafting and completion of the project Training Plan.
  • The University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz started developing the Dramatic Changes project’s website in the summer of 2015:  http://www.dramatic-changes.eu/
  • The second Transnational Project meeting took place on 22nd and 23rd October 2015 in London – attended by all partner organisations.
  • Concurrently, we began our first training activity, a Mobility to “train the trainers” for 8 Hungarian tutors which ran from 22nd October 2015 to 31st October 2015 in London, UK.
    • Participant selection was made by The Rogers Foundation who chose a broad range of tutors and trainers from Budapest who would benefit from the training and be able to implement the concepts of the Training Plan in their employability sessions in Hungary.
  • The refining of the Training Plan was an ongoing process at this stage of the project – our partners held Focus Groups with teachers, trainers and tutors to discuss this (Hungarian Focus Group took place in December 2015, the Polish Focus Group in January 2016).
  • The second training activity, a Mobility to “train the trainers” for 8 Polish tutors which ran from 15th February 2016 to 24th February 2016 in London, UK.
    • Participant selection was made by AHE who chose tutors and trainers from Poland who would benefit from the training and be able to implement the concepts of the Training Plan in their employability sessions in Poland.
  • The third training activity, a Mobility to “train the trainers” for 7 Polish tutors and 8 tutors from the UK took place between 18th July 2016 to 29th July 2016 in Budapest, Hungary.
  • The fourth training activity, a Mobility to “train the trainers” for 7 Hungarian tutors and 7 tutors from the UK took place between 18th October 2016 to 29th October 2016 in Lodz, Poland.
  • The third Transnational Project meeting took place on 20th October in Lodz – attended by all partner organisations.
  • The Project Conference was held at Newham College in London on 8th December 2016.
    • This was attended by over 50 people from the UK alongside attendees from Poland and Hungary.  There were four speakers and three workshops (each run twice) on the following subjects:
      • Preparing Students for Employment
      • Drama Techniques for Tutors
      • How To Sustain the Project/Mainstream It Into College Curriculum
  • The fourth Transnational Project meeting took place on 9th December 2016 in London – attended by all partner organisations.

Future activities will include:

  • Best Practice Events and mini-workshops will be held in both Hungary and Poland in January 2017.
  • The event in Poland will be held on 10th January 2017. It will be in conference format with 4 speakers and 2 workshops (to be repeated twice each). There will be 20 foreign participants.
  • In Hungary there will be 5 x 2 day training sessions (“dissemination workshops”). 2 sessions will be held in Budapest, 2 others in other regions of Hungary, and one in Slovakia. These events will be held across January and February 2017.