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Jump to Job! 3rd Newsletter
Jump to Job!
 
In the third newsletter of the EU project titled “Jump to Job!” which addresses the issue of Employment and Young People with Disabilities, you can find information about our pilot trainings using the innovative FROG methodology, along with case studies or interviews with some of the trainees involved in the project. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and is implemented in collaboration with organisations from Belgium, Greece, Slovenia, Norway and Spain.
After an intense and challenging pandemic period with a lot of online meetings, shifting and rethinking, the partnership of "Jump to Job!" managed to implement 4 pilot training, with a mixture of presence and online sessions, as well as to deliver (face-to-face!) the second part of the international training for peers and job coaches. It was expected that 12 young people would be trained in each partner country before summer 2021. Unfortunately, with the restrictions, we were unable to reach this number but at least 8 youngsters were trained per country.
Creative is invoked in these FROG trainings, developed by Lyk-z (Norway), to help young people with disabilities to find their inherent qualities and unique abilities. And with this, they are quickly encouraged to return to school or find a job.
As a result of these pilot trainings, some young people want to tell here about how they were empowered to follow their dreams. Dreams very diverse, as human beings, as life projects, as our inner wishes. Because FROG methodology believes in the youngsters’ own ability to create their own future following their deep and pure desires.
JUMP TO JOB > Fundación INTRAS (Spain)

Arturo is a young man who participated in the first pilot training of JUMP TO JOB in Valladolid, in August 2020. He attended the training without knowing very well what it was about but with enthusiasm because it was related to job coaching. During the 5 training days, he was working on himself and knowing better his abilities and competences related with the work environment.  

   

Suddenly he made a discovery! His dream was to be a waiter! Arturo was encouraged to fight for his dream. Right after the JUMP TO JOB piloting, he was given the chance to participate in a training about hospitality and cafeteria. As it happened during the summer season of 2021, Arturo got a job contract for working 4 months as a waiter in a bar in a recreational area of ​​a town in Valladolid: “El punto del Pinar”.  

Jump to Job helped Arturo to become confident in himself and his abilities. The training increased his competence in making decisions that are good for him and his desired future. Now, he is proud to have achieved his dream after months of training and job coaching. 

                 

JUMP TO JOB > GTB (Belgium)
Loïc D'Haenens is a young peer who attended the two Jump to Job trainings in Spain and Greece. He accepted to be interviewed by Inge Godts (UCLL) and shared his own successful experience with us! 
JUMP TO JOB > URI (Slovenia)
In URI-Soča we decided that for the 3rd Newsletter we want to do an interview with Benjamin, a young man who was taking part in the 1st Jump to Job! training in December 2020 in URI-Soča in Maribor and also later on participated the 2nd training in Greece in October 2021 as a peer mentor.
 
So here it is what Benjamin shared with us in his interview in regards to his experience in the Jump to Job! trainings. 
 
Q: What were your expectations in regards to the Jump to Job training as YPWD and as a peer mentor? 
B: “My expectations before the training were that I would learn something new and exciting and to set my goals for the future more clearly. The expectations weren't just fulfilled, they were also exceed”.
 
Q: How did you experience the activities at the training (what were your feelings like)?
B: “I really liked all of the activities at the training; they made me feel excited, positive and optimistic about the future and in general”.
 
Q: In what way did the training help you to shape your goals and what you want to change, achieve in your life (education and work wise etc.)?
B: “I definitely set and saw my goals more clearly and throughly through the training and what I want to accomplish and change and be in my life. Those goals include getting a job so that I'll be able to pay for my school, a better sleeping schedule, being able to better plan and schedule things in general and to be more independent and stable in general”.
 
Q: How did you include the knowledge and understanding of the activities in the training into your daily life? 
B: “I started using the activities and knowledge from the training in my general course of life and day in a way that I succeed to get a healthy sleeping schedule, better planning and scheduling of things and also trying to stay calmer and collected in stressful situations”.
 
Q: Why would you recommend someone to participate in this training? 
B: “I would recommend the training to everyone who's still searching for their purpose because it really helps you find it and to get to know yourself and your goals, ambitions and dreams, but also who you are as a person”.
 
We would also like to share that the first step Benjamin made in terms to achieving his goals in terms of work, education and his life in general was to voluntarily participate in the vocational/employment rehabilitation in URI-Soča.  
JUMP TO JOB > Theotokos Foundation (Greece)
Athina and Kostas were two of Theotokos’ trainees that participated in the first pilot training of "Jump to Job!" at Theotokos last December. Having a long vocational training history, they both were attending the Transition program of Theotokos, but yet, they were not sure about how they wanted their future to be

When they were proposed to participate in the training they had accepted with enthusiasm. They were very committed, sharing and supportive. During the training they both had realized that they wanted to be independent and have new friends and the only way to achieve that was by having a job.

After the training they applied to the Supported employment service and a job coach made their professional profile. Not long after that, a job opportunity appeared for Athina. It was for the florist shop “ the power of a flower” (www.theopowerofaflower.gr) which is located in the International airport of Athens. 

She has been working there ever since and she is very happy and proud of her self. Her dream became true and now she is independent and she has broadened her social network.



Kostas as well applied to the Supported employment service and was profiled for a job. But for him there are more obstacles to overcome. The committee that had assessed his functionality added in his assessment the following comment:” incapable for any livelihood work” which is a very common comment among our trainees’ functionality assessments. 

With the power and the strength that he had gained from the Jump to job training, which is based on the Frog methodology, he decided to fight for his right to work and inclusion.

With the support of his family, he has started a lawsuit to be declassified as incapable of any livelihood work. He is determined and he strongly believes that he will win this fight and will make his dream come true.

JUMP TO JOB > lyk-z & døtre (Norway)
First of all, we would like to thank you for the great days that we had together in Athens. Excellent hosted by Theotokos. And secondly, thank you for the engagement regarding the preparations for the 2nd pilot training.

Some of the activities that lyk-z are doing is to re-certify FROG trainers, who have run the master program in the lyk-z methodology for many years. They are re-certified to refresh the tools and to get access to new programs.
Lyk-z also run a 13-day basic course for new coaches who want to fully certify themselves in the master's program FROG. And who knows, in the future one of these may become your partner.
 

And off course, we are training the most important group of them all, the young disadvantaged people who need extra support to enter the labor market or education. 

Look what one of our creative participants from an earlier training gave us! Grateful at 10 😊 
JUMP TO JOB > First Pilots phase evaluation
How the pilots were assessed?
The participants to the Jump to Job! pilot activities, young people with disabilities (YPWD) were asked to answer a survey. The answer to each question was measured at the START and AFTER the completion of the pilot training in each country involved (Belgium, Greece, Slovenia and Spain). The questionnaire, prepared by the University College of Limburg-Leuven, was articulated in 6 questions with a 1 to 10 rating scale and 4 open questions. 
 
And the results are extraordinary! Extremely positive evaluations came up
The impact of the pilot training is clearly evident in each participant’s evaluation. Very high scores were given by 38 YPWD after they attended the training based on the FROG methodology. The lowest average score is 8.3 to 10, the highest 9.1. The trainers as well assessed the experience as very positive: The lowest average score is 8.5 out of 10, the highest is 8.8. 
If we make a comparison between the evaluation before and after the training on one of the other 22 additional items to which the respondents answered to (i.e. “My life has meaning”, “To what degree do you have expectations towards this programme”), the expectations and the confidence of the YPWD have both gone up thanks to the good experiences from the first pilot training courses and the improvements that they perceived. 
For further details regarding the results achieved, you can look at the graphs in the document linked here.

Which were the most important takeaways after the pilot training?
The enthusiasm of the participants is tangible! We are very proud of the great commitment, the hard work done demonstrating such a great resilience despite the challenges due to the pandemic. 

Below we finally report some of the comments left by the participants: 

What did I learn?
-    “I learnt to discover what I like, to trust myself, to learn more from others” 
-    “…new methods to make good use of my potential, to control effectively unpleasant situations as well as to help others discover their potential” 
-    “The connection between our thoughts, emotions and behaviour” 


How will I use al learnings of this training course?
   “I gained a lot of motivation to push forward my dreams” 
-    “I can make a change” 
-    “I will use these methods in my work and for personal purposes” 


What do I think about the teaching materials and methods used by the trainer?
-    “The materials were very practical what I liked very much, and the methodology was very well developed, and very dynamic and interactive” 
-    “All the activities and tasks were very interesting and they kept me focused all the time. The interactive method is the best way to train someone” 
-    “Methods were delivered in a very understandable way” 


What was my experience with the trainers? (interaction, support, …)
-    “An unforgettable experience” 
-    “All the trainers were very supportive and they made me feel comfortable from the beginning to the end of the training. They were passionate about the program and they passed this feeling on to me.” 
-    “Good atmosphere, a lot of humor and great leaders/trainers” 
Inspiring and energising second training event reunites peer mentors, job coaches and trainers after a longer COVID break in Greece
The second training event within our Jump to Job! Project was delivered at the outskirts of Athens, at the premises of the Theotokos Foundation in Ilion, where we could benefit from the impressive hospitality of our Greek hosts during four sunny days.













In line with the overarching aim to increase the employment rates among young people with disabilities (YPWD) and to bring them into stable jobs, the Jump to Job! (J2J) Project has four main objectives:
  • To make YPWD more self-confident and to pursue a more proactive approach to job search with and for them.
  • To make the training of the job coaches more effective and to enable them to better take into account clients’ inputs and insights in a way that the support services are co-produced with the YPWD.
  • To build up a stronger, more fruitful relationship between job coaches and YPWD in order to facilitate the successful completion of (vocational) training courses and the labour market inclusion.
  • Companies are able to adapt their environment and work process to create sustainable jobs for YPWD.

The second training course was delivered from 4 to 7 October 2021 by Ingeborg Lykseth and Kristine Øverås, two experienced and dynamic trainers from our Norwegian project partner Lyk-z & døtre (Webpage; Facebook page). They led the training based on the FROG Methodology for Leadership and Life Mastery© with 20 participants from all our project's partners from Belgium, Greece, Slovenia and Spain. The programme is targeted to young people who have dropped out of school and work or are at risk of doing so to find their inherent qualities and unique abilities, and with this get back to school and work quickly and/or to master transitions from school to training and from training to employment. The method is based on theories from neurophysiology, basic cognitive principles, communication theory from film studies, leadership, and co-active coaching. It should result in YPWD gaining faith and confidence in their own unique capabilities and values and thus create a stable basis for lasting behavioural change and personal growth.

Following the first training event in Valladolid in January 2019, the training was addressed at 11 job coaches and 5 peer mentors from Belgium, Greece, Slovenia and Spain who gathered to learn how to support young people with disabilities, including with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in their labour market inclusion. It comprised new as well as already known exercises from the first training course for the job coaches and peer mentors. The training focused on bringing into practice the objectives of the project and addressed 5 big themes:
  • VISION: Exploring participants' dreams of future and where they are to help at a later stage YPWD in their motivation and image about themselves with regards to what their dreams are.
  • IDENTITY: Building a sense of belonging to a group. Encouraging sharing and openness.
  • COMMUNICATION: Communication: Building relations, acquiring active listening skills.
  • IMPACT: Stimulate reflection on the impact that people generate on others.
  • BIG LEAP: For YPWD to use their own unique capabilities to start realising their dreams and aspirations and to arrive at a more stable basis for a successful transition into the labour market and in their personal life.
 
The second training event for job coaches and peer mentors was accompanied with daily inputs and impulses by Inge Godts, researcher at the Expertise Centre Inclusive Society at the University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (UCLL). She is in charge of evaluating the project’s activities and outcomes.
 
At the end of the meeting Mathias Maucher, Senior Project and Programmes Officer at EPR, summarised the outstanding tasks, events and deliverables in the nine months prior to the final project partner meeting and the Project Conference, both planned for June 2022 in Brussels.
 
For more information on the project and the already completed activities please visit the J2J Project Webpage.
 
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Mathias Maucher, Jump to Job! project coordinator, EPR, mmaucher@epr.eu

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