Trial runs of the tool for self-evaluation of vocational maturity (IO3)
The interactive tool for self-evaluation of vocational maturity was pilot tested by NEETs aged 15-29 years together with professionals.
The national in-depth trial runs supported the development of the innovative online selfevaluation tool in the transition to and in vocational education and training (VET), as well as in the school-to-work-transition. The trial runs also confirmed the usefulness of the tool as formative
evaluation of NEETs progression, assisting them in their developmental process.
Potential benefits and problem areas in the didactic tool could be identified, as well as the actual applicability of the tool in counselling and in VET, prior to its full-scale implementation.
The trial runs enabled the experts to receive feedback about the content (formulation and sequence of questions) and user experience from NEETS and professionals, with the aim of adapting the tool broadly and relevantly to the needs of NEETS and professionals as much as possible.
The test sample
Each country had their own procedures for recruiting NEETs for the trial runs. The samples encompassed NEETs associated with Learning for Young Adults centres, VET colleges, youth counselling centers, VET-directed preparatory educational institutions and employment centers. Many vocational fields were involved, among them business & administration, gardening, industrial programs and food & catering.
The trial runs were undertaken in 2 iterations during the period of August 2019 to September 2020 in different professional settings in Slovenia, Denmark and Iceland.
The findings suggest how to use the tool as a part of a counselling process. They show its limitations, advantages and potentials in this context. Its uniqueness is that it is not intended to assess the youths.
Instead, it promotes dialogue between NEETs and professionals. The tool supports self-evaluation of the NEETS, and it broadens the professionals´ assessments of the NEETS.