The Covid-19 crisis has strongly affected the economic life and labor market as much as the school life. All forms of education and training, including VET, have been disrupted, with WBL and apprenticeships being the most affected. During the lockdown, distance learning failed to reach between 5% and 20% of beneficiary students in Europe, including those living in rural areas, with poor IT literacy and limited economic means, as well as students with special needs.
The slowdown of business activities during the lockdown amounted to a -11.7% decrease in the EU GDP and the consequences on the labor market have been severe. The number of companies with staff working from home has risen to 88% (EAE Business school), leading to the impossibility for companies to host interns, especially those most fragile. As stressed by the Commission in the communication on the 2020 country-specific recommendations, the benefits of telework may not be available to the unskilled future workers, risking to further exacerbating existing inequalities.
In this context, there is a critical need to improve the quality of Virtual and Blended WBL (V&BWBL) and to ensure its inclusiveness. Hence, the main objective of MoBlend is to improve the quality of Virtual and Blended WBL initiatives and to guarantee an equal and inclusive access and participation to ensure its inclusiveness, especially for students with fewer opportunities and special needs.
Istituto per la Formazione, l’Occupazione e la Mobilità – Bologna, Italy
DANMAR COMPUTERS SP ZOO – Rzeszow, Poland
Tehnicka skola Sisak – Sisak, Croatia
EUROPROODOS EKPEDEUTIKOS OMILOS – Larissa, Greece
KOLEZ INTERNATIONAL – Dobrich, Bulgaria