Within the EU Project, My Project campaign, a panel discussion entitled Systemic error – a discussion on the transition of young people with special needs to the labour market was held at four locations in Slovenia – Nova Gorica, Kranj, Novo mesto and Murska Sobota – between the 14th and 17th of May. Representatives from the fields of education, health, and the social spheres, together with Slovenian Employment Services representatives and employers, illustrated the current state of the “systemic error” and offered some solutions in a discussion afterwards.
The participants agreed that we have relatively well-established educational and vocational systems for young people with special needs in Slovenia. At the same time, they pointed out that we are lacking an effective link between the two rather unconnected systems. This gap (the so-called “systemic error”) can be closed by the activities carried out by the YOUTH TRANSITION project, which seems to be an effective interface between the educational and vocational systems.
The attendees pointed out that inter-ministerial cooperation is indispensable. They recognized the importance of establishing a single system which aims at facilitating the transition of young people with special needs from school to the labour market. The participants in the panel discussions agreed that after the end of the project, the services provided within the YOUTH TRANSITION pilot project should continue within the existing vocational-rehabilitation system, thus providing young people with special needs a quick and efficient path to the labour market.
The YOUTH TRANSITION project was presented at a panel discussion entitled Young people with special needs on the labour market, which was held at the Biotehniški izobraževalni center Ljubljana.
At the Career Signpost for Students with Special Needs which took place on the 17th of May 2018 at the Faculty of Economics, some programmes were presented in which people with special needs could participate during and after their studies. The coordinators of the YOUTH TRANSITION project participated in the organisation of the event together with the Career Center of the University of Ljubljana and the Society of Disabled Students of Slovenia. The whole event was broadcast live on the Facebook page of the Career Center of the University of Ljubljana.
At this press conference, the main objective and goals of the YOUTH TRANSITION project were presented by representatives of the Association of Vocational Rehabilitation Providers, namely project manager Karl Destovnik and project coordinators Tatjana Dolinšek, MSc. and Maja Zovko Stele MSc., and by the Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Anja Kopač Mrak, Ph.D. In addition, some solutions offered by the project, as well as some first-hand experiences and results from practice, were presented.