INVOLVE Project: past and recent developments

INVOLVE project aims to analyse the degree of social partners’ integration and participation in the governance of dual VET systems. It focuses in four countries that have recently developed projects of dual systems of VET or are attempting to strength, reinforce or improve dual VET systems, and represent models of industrial relations where social partners play a comparatively low institutionalised role in policy making, namely Spain, Greece and Portugal (‘State centred’ model) and Poland (‘Mixed’ or ‘Transitional’ model). The project started on May 2020 and will finish on July 2022.

The consortium involves 4 research centres (one per country included): Notus-asr -lead organisation- (Spain), CICS.NOVA of the University Nova of Lisbon (Portugal), the Institute of Public Affairs -IPA– (Poland) and  the Labour Institute of the Union Confederation GSEE (Greece). The project includes also social partners as associates: The Workers’ Commissions -CCOO (Spain), the Teachers’ Union -ZNP- (Poland) and the Association of Portuguese Metal, Metalworking and Engineering companies -AIMMAP-, (Portugal). In addition, the consortium includes an Advisory Board, composed by internationally recognised scientific experts on industrial relations and VET, which will provide scientific peer-review

The methodology of the project includes, first, desk research, aiming to provide a clear picture of the ‘state of the art’ for what concerns recent developments in dual VET systems in the involved countries. Second, fieldwork consisting on semi-structured interviews and mini-case studies. Third, a participatory scenario methodology aimed at developing national scenarios on how to establish integrative governance structures of dual VET systems.

At this stage, the three research methods have developed. National desk research and fieldwork reports are available in the project website. The participatory scenario methodology based on workshops was developed in December (project website) and the scenario reports will be published soon.

Once national research has been concluded, notus-asr, as lead applicant in charge of research coordination, is writing the comparative report that will be also published in the project website in the following weeks. 

All the project results will be presented in a Final Conference which will be organised in Madrid on the 3rd of June of 2022. 

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