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VELA - VET Empowerment through innovative and inclusive Learning Approaches

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The shock of the COVID-19 crisis on education has been unprecedented. It has set the clock back on the attainment of international education goals, and disproportionately affected the most vulnerable. According with “UN – Policy Brief: Education during Covid-19 and beyond” more than 1.5 billion learners across the planet are or have been affected by lack of educational meaning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, vocational education and training (VET) systems are being uniquely impacted and it has received limited attention compared to other parts of the education system and is often seen as having lower status. While for mainstream schools, governments have adopted protocols to allow students to return to school, in the field of VET there is a dangerous carelessness. 

There is an enormous variety...

… of tools available to teachers and trainers to create their own learning material and environments, but the vast majority of them are not VET-specific. Ready-made material with VET-specific content is much less developed. In most cases, the tools provided by public or private stakeholders focus exclusively on theoretical knowledge. There is a risk that VET learners are disadvantaged compared with learners from other educational tracks, as more efforts are put into general school subjects. This extraordinary situation is an opportunity for VET providers and learners alike to develop their digital competence.

The VELA project is able to stand against the educational crisis, supporting the VET providers in using innovative approaches and digital technologies for teaching and learning. Educators will be empowered with tangible tools to enrich their cultural background and to support a comprehensive approach to innovation, and the use of digital technologies for pedagogical, technical and organizational change. VELA will contribute to the implementation of the “Digital Education Action Plan” promoting the effective use of the self-reflection tool and the exchange of good practices with other European stakeholders, cooperating to achieve flexible and permeable learning pathways.


Build more sustainable and resilient society in EU enhancing the delivery of education and training after COVID-19 crisis, supporting innovation and inclusion of vulnerable group.

Support VET providers to address teaching and learning processes through the development and implementation of
new and more relevant teaching and learning approaches.

Strengthen vulnerable groups in facing the challenges presented by the recent sudden shift to online and distance learning while promoting equal opportunities and access to all.

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Manual: Analysis of the “VELA” field of action and Exploitation of Best Practices.

Presentation of the current and prospect shapes of inclusive digital education methods and skills upgrade through digital tools to potential and current professionals in the market and to discuss the gaps in these fields and the needs of the target groups in the partner countries and the EU.


Moodle platform: Digital Accessibility to support VET educators in involving people with disabilities in elearning.

A platform that will contain the necessary tools to strengthen the capacity of instructors to offer accessible e-learning courses and materials to serve as inclusion of those coping with disability or special needs.


E-book: How to increase the quality of e-learning, keep concentration high during long online sessions and gamification resources.

The E-book will provide interactive technological features created to show signs of progression/motivational methods, collaboration methods, and ensure transferability is concrete for the students and instructors.


European framework for the provision of digital competences - Skills Assessment Validation and Recognition Tools.

Lifelong learning and the recognition of learning and skills aims at facilitating the transition between different jobs, companies or sectors, as well as the transition from unemployment or inactivity into employment.

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Educators, facilitators
and VET providers

to boost their digital competences in order to increase the attractiveness of VET courses and facilitate the involvement of vulnerable groups in education process.

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Project managers, community leaders, instructor and social workers

that are interested to improve their ability in using innovative digital tools for the social inclusion of excluded groups.