Round table discussion in Steyr, Austria

September 16th 2015

Invited by „tune in! Combating drop out“ coordinator Petra Drews-Milalkovits and the head of the production school Steyr Petra Preisinger, members of the employment center of Upper Austria, managers from important companies of the region and trainer working with young people at the risk of dropping  out discussed tune in! methods from the toolbox and prepared for further networking possibilities in fighting youth unemployment in Austria.

All participants of the round table agreed that work-based-learning methods are one of the most successful ways to keep young people motivated and prevent them from dropping out of the employment system.


From left to right: Tamara Hoflehner, Petra Drews-Milalkovits (both BFI OÖ), Marion Schuster (AMS OÖ), Werner Freilinger (SKF Österreich AG), Sylvia Schörkhuber (AMS OÖ), Katrin Auer ( Museum Arbeitswelt), Petra Preisinger (BFI OÖ)

Being prepared through classroom teaching or learning-by-doing - how to minimize drop-out

Round Table Discussion on the basis of the tools and experiences of the Tune in! partners


September 4th 2015, Ebberup, Denmark

The Danish Association of Production Schools gathered headmasters, trainers and mentors from the Danish production schools, and consultants and president from the Danish Federal Education Association to talk about how to minimize dropout.

Head of Secretariat, Axel Hoppe presented the work of the Tune in! partners and talked it into the subject of classroom teaching versus learning-by-doing. The latter being our and Tune in’s pedagogical approach to minimize dropout.


Axel Hoppe presents the Tune in Toolbox


Working in the field of non-formal learning, we often have the discussion of “skolegørelse vs. praksisgørelse” – this means the discussion of how to prepare our production school learners for the job market or further education – whether it is best done through class-room learning, which we know from the traditional school system or – as we do – through learning-by-doing. The answer, of course, is that it depends on the students. However, at the production schools we have leaners with a high risk of dropout – especially when they have been in the traditional school system. These young people need the practice-based approach.

There is an increasing pressure on the production schools in Denmark to do more classroom teaching and examine the learners/students. The group at the meeting were all in agreement, that of course we have to adapt in the production school system as well, and we have to answer to the demands of the educational system, so that we can bring the students safely onwards into education. However, increasingly, it is still important that we hold on to our pedagogical approach. At the meeting, PSF could back up this stance with our experiences from Tune in! and our developed products such as the toolbox and Train the Trainer. These products are some of the helping hands that those who lie in the sphere between formal and non-formal can use, the group agreed.


L: Discussion on classroom learning vs. learning-by-doing. R: Member of Parliament, Lennart Damsbo-Andersen makes a point in the talks


Train the Trainer workshops in Austria

“Getting to know new methods,  having a lot of fun and a great kick off for pedagogical exchange”


The implementation process in Austria started with workshops for iVet trainers of Bfi OÖ in Steyr and Ried/Innkreis.


All trainers are working with youngsters at the risk of drop out. Getting to know new constructivistic methods (like those in the tune in! toolbox)  for their daily work and especially for using the knowledge with youngsters in the planned workshops of “tune in! Combating drop out”  activated them to improve their pedagogical skills and brought a lot of fun to everyone.


Beside the toolbox methods also some more input for motivating and activating young people to improve their competences and learning behavior was given by Mag.a Tamara Hoflehner ( trainer at the production school Steyr and part of the international tune in! team).  For example working with methods like “The Fröbel-Turm” or “Code cracking”. During the whole workshop time “Max”, a wired figure, was always at the participants side. He was used to get a “outside” glance for reflecting own motivation and interests of the iVet trainers. Just another method which also can be used working with their trainees…


“After the workshop, we decided to implement a frequent exchange of methods and ideas how to work with our youngsters in a more motivating way between trainers in Bfi productionschools and trainers in iVet “, says Silvia Nagler, one of the participants in the Train the trainer workshop in Steyr. “It´s great to reflect your own motivation and attitude and to learn a lot of constructivistic methods”.


Train the Trainer workshop in Steyr

Train the Trainer workshop in Ried

tune in! news from Italy

Production school for preventing young drop out - Implementation in Veneto Region


Four EnAIP Veneto trainers from three Training Centres of Enaip Veneto Fabrizio Fontanella (Longarone),  Ada Giacobbi (Calalzo di Cadore),  Laura Crivellente (Isola della Scala),  Stefania Marchesini (Isola della Scala) and the project coordinator Angela Lupu had participated at the European Training of Trainers in Steyr, within the tune in! Combating drop out project.


During summer and autumn 2014 the train the trainer course with the involvement of about 30 teachers and  trainers of Enaip Veneto (from mechanical engineering and catering sectors) was implemented.


In line with the objectives of Tune in! Project aiming to contribute to the European challenges of high youth unemployment rates and comparatively high drop out rates of initial vet training,  ENAIP Veneto  intends to invest in the development of human resources by enhancing their potential to enable the acquisition of new skills. Innovative methods related to the implementation of the production school methodologies help to find approaches for preventing early school leaving at the Training Centres.

After the European “Train the Trainer” in Steyr, Fabrizio Fontanella, trainer of Enaip Veneto Training Centre from Longarone, involved his curious and excited students  in the experimentation of production school -  work based training approaches!


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NEWS from ISOLA della Scala Training Centre – mechanical engineering sector


The class has been divided in 5 groups of 5 people each.

The aim : creating  5 “companies”  that should create a product, starting from an object from the Meccano.

The project, using typical business strategies, as realistic as possible, aims to build up a masterpiece in the mechanic workshop for each group (“company”). In a second phase these products should be promoted through a social network and finally evaluated by a jury.

The project involves all teachers and tutors of the class, while Stefania Marchesini is coordinating the activities.



STEP 1: LAUNCHING THE PROJECT (September to 15 October 2014)

  • Introducing the project to the class
  • Dividing the students in 5 groups taking into accounts personal skills and difficulties
  • Naming the project: the whole class chose a name for the entire project: PROJECT US: EACH PIECE IS IMPORTANT.
  • Creating the companies: each group chose a name, an address, a symbol, a slogan. Than a role has been assigned to each students (responsible for the project or the warehouse or communication or for the process or the design ,…) Creating a poster containing all the previous information


STEP 2: DESIGNING (October- December 2014)

  • Choosing a prototype: each group chose a model from a Meccano, than built it.
  • Drawing the model using AUTOCAD 2D and 3D (whole and single parts)
  • Creating a web page: each “company” created a page on Facebook to advertise and share its products


The companies pages are the following:!/pages/Verona-Industry/766724163374651?fref=ts


The five  “companies” presented their products during the Italian national job exhibition “Job Orienta” at Verona Fiere which took place in Verona from 21st  to  22nd of November, 2014.

During  the following months these steps will be continued: realization, implementation and testing.

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NEWS from ISOLA della Scala (VERONA) Training Centre – Restaurant and catering sector


Actually the preparation phase related to the definition of the implementation in this sector and concretely the „Organization and Realization of different events/lunches on  specific  thematics“ is completed.  The objective is to involve the 1°, 2° and 3° years  classes from restaurant and catering sector.

The students as protagonists, together with their trainers will design all parts for the realization of the events (such as: definition of groups and roles, chosing of thematic  and menu, promotion of the event, list and buing of the products etc.).

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NEWS from CALALZO (BELLUNO) Training Centre – Restaurant and catering sector


The 2° year class is working on the realization of the event „A pranzo con SORR….RISO“ ( lunch with smile and lunch with rice) at the moment .This means:  preparation of the menu with the rice as main product.


In addition, the class is involved in the testing of some tool box methods.

Countdown to the implementation process

From 23rd to 25th June, 2014 the 4th steering committee meeting took place in Gijon, Spain. Specialists from all partner countries of the EU project “tune in”! Combating drop out” discussed and adapted the new created toolbox materials, evaluated the project´s progress and planned further steps for the upcoming implementation process with teachers, trainers and students in iVet.


“Work-based and constructivist methods allow trainers and students to examine topics from many different views and to find skill-centered approaches in the learning process”, explains “tune in!” project coordinator Petra Drews-Milalkovits. “Everybody is highly motivated and looking forward to implementing all the knowledge, ideas and methods during the following month in teaching and training with our young learners in Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Denmark and Austria.”


The national “train the trainer workshops” will start in autumn 2014, the implementation with young people in iVet is planned at the beginning of 2015.

Production School: Fighting youth unemployment

Participants of six European countries met at the BFI Production School Steyr.
Participants of six European countries met at the BFI Production School Steyr.

Steyr. Specialists for training and further education from six countries met in Steyr. The main goal is to combat youth unemployment in southern countries.

The EU project ‘tune in!’ tries to transfer existing concepts of production schools in Denmark and Austria to the four partner countries Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. ‘The main aims are to fight dropout and early detection of dropout danger’, says Anita Platzer, head of the BFI Production School Steyr where the second project meeting took place. For five days you could feel the international atmosphere in the Gaswerkgasse 9. During the first three days ‘train the trainer’ workshops were conducted. Danish and Austrian production school trainers and the youths of the BFI Production School Steyr worked together with experts from the partner countries. ‘It was not only about experiencing the production school but also about reflecting and analyzing the new method’, emphasized Platzer. The reflection and analyzing process was supervised by the Danish delegation and it helped the partner institutions to make observations concerning the implementation in their own countries. The last two days were used to process the gained insights and to transfer the knowledge and new methods to the partner countries.

14th and 15th November 2013:

Successful kick off meeting in the Production School in Steyr

It is Thursday, the 14th of November in 2013, when seven partners from six European countries meet the first time with the aim to transfer and implement approaches, methods and materials in Southern and South-Eastern European countries. These good practice methods were developed by Production Schools in Denmark and Austria and are based on work-based learning and constructivist attempts.

“If I know at the end of this project that in Portugal one Production School is going to be established, this will be a milestone for the fight against youth unemployment”, so the statement from Margarida Segard (ISQ, Portugal).

From the beginning of the project’s lifetime all partners work constructively and the topic drop out and drop out prevention is being discussed at a high level.

Kick off in Steyr (f.l.t.r.): Oluf Brandt, Marianne Søgaard Sørensen (both from “The Association of Danish Production Schools”), Manfred Saurug (IFA Styria, Austria), Ida Karner (National Agency for Lifelong Learning, Austria), Begoña Codina, Maria José Alvarez (both from Fundacion Metal Asturias, Spain), Anita Platzer (BFI OÖ, Austria), Cristina Almeida (ISQ, Portugal), Dorothea Nitsche (BFI OÖ, Austria), Margarida Segard (ISQ, Portugal), Angela Lupu (ENAIP Veneto, Italy), Nataša Rebernik, Barbara Plasonik (both from OZARA d.o.o., Slovenia)

Project partners

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. LLP-LDV-TOI-13-AT-0001