Mr John M. Heier
Storgaten 13, N-1890 Rakkestad
+47 69 22 44 22, fax.+47 69 22 44 23, mob. 900 12 265
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Måtrostvegen 1, Lindeberg, N-2016 Frogner

OTD was founded in 1999 as  a training company located in Oslo, Akershus,  Østfold and Vestfold, Norway.


We have training-centre in all locations and yearly about 100 students. Most of our teachers, we have a pool of 15, are employed by project and therefore we can select  the best of  the time.

We are training students from the age of 16 and up to 50+ in practical work and computers. Some of our students are using e- learning.

Some of our youngest students are “drop-outs”, some are employed and some are unemployed people.


Our staff has experience running different projects, and has a database system making methods easier.

We have never before working with a Leonardo project, and we are looking forward to this.


OTD`s role in this project is to have the overall control, to help the other countries starting up and using our methods to make this project successful in all participate countries. We already have experience in working with people from various countries, and have today students from various cultures and religions.


We will in this project be able to co-ordinate experience and all the result of this project


Project owner

Mr Alt Thode Skog, Rådhusveien 8, N-1890 RAKKESTAD
+47 69225500, +47 69225501
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MUNICIPALITY OF KUBRAT, Municipality of Kubrat
Ms Tatiana Docheva Knyaz Boris I Street 1, BG-7300 Kubrat
++(359)8341 2020, ++(359)8341 3205
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ÚRAD PRÁCE V NÁCHOD, Labour Office in Nachod
Ms Lucie Sedláková, Kladská 1092, CZ-547 01 Náchod
+420 491 449 111, + 420 491 426 195
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NAV, Public Employment Authorities
Mr Conrad Lorentzen, Kongensgate 44−46, N−1502 Moss
+47 69 20 80 00, fax.+47 69 20 80 01

EIDSBERG KOMMUNE, Municipality of Eidsberg
Ms Siw Bjertnes Johannessen, Ordfører Voldens vei 1. N−1850 Mysen
+47 69 70 20 00
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HAMAR KOMMUNE, Municipality of Hamar
Mr Jon Bernt Hansen, Vangsvegen 51, N−2306 Hamar
+47 62510200, fax. +47 62510392
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OPPFØLGINGSTJENESTEN I ØSTFOLD, Follow up service of Østfold
Mr Øystein Raustøl, Oskar Pedersensvei 3, N−1702 Sarpsborg
+47 69 11 70 00, fax. +47 69 11 73 86

P10 NO
Oslo University College  
Ivan Harsløf, PO box 4 St.Olavs plass, N-0130 Oslo, NORWAY

Additional sheet.

The Oslo University College has approximately 10 000 students and 1000 employees. The college has seven faculties covering all more than 25 professions.

The project evaluation will anchored within The Social Research Centre (SOSIALFORSK) which is a part of the Faculty of Economics, Public Administration and Social Welfare at Oslo University College. The Faculty provides Bachelor degree programmes in social work, child welfare, public administration, business, and public accounting. In addition, a Master degree programme is provided in social work and various other courses are provided for further education at advanced levels.


The Social Research Centre (SOSIALFORSK) has three professors in Social Work and Sociology, 6 Associated Professors, 2 Assistant Professors and four Doctoral Students. The unit cooperate with the Master degree programme of Social Work. The Social Research Centre was established in 1988 and have developed our research competencies in the following fields of study:


  • Social services provided by municipal offices of social welfare
  • Child welfare services
  • Welfare studies and studies that document the general standard of living
  • Unemployment
  • Voluntary organisations, voluntarism, self-help and claimant organisations
  • Families, children and adolescents
  • Immigration and multi-cultural society
  • Functionally challenged groups


Within the unit there are research workers who have the experience from Leonardo projects and EU financed research projects. However, most of the unit’s research projects under contract from various governmental departments at the national level, projects that are financed by municipalities, projects that have been awarded to us by The Norwegian Research Council, and projects in co-operation with and financed by voluntary organisations.


The research worker within the research unit will evaluate the project. The time amount will depend upon the project’s total financing. In addition to the research workers one or two students within the Master degree programme of social work will be recruited. Weather or not bachelor students should be recruited will be decided on later.


Depending on the frame of finance The Social Research Centre will present the results, both in professional journals and in conferences. Certainly, the results will be made known in lectures on different levels, both to bachelor students and students within the Master degree programme.


The most valid evaluation will be attained through a process evaluation, where the research worker follow the participants through the project period, and not only in the final stage. This however is more costly, both in turn of money and in turn of the time consume.


P11 SE
Ms Berith Johansson, Kyrkogatan 2, S-662 22 Åmål
+46 532 17122, fax. +46 532 15091
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Report from Åmål  2007-02-28


After the reconstruction of the social services department in Åmål in 2005, a youth team was created. The youth team works with different activities for young people of both sexes from ages 16 to 25. It consists of a social welfare secretary, economic handling officer, treatment secretaries and the working life unit. A close cooperation goes on continuously with different parties such as Åmåls High School, school welfare officer, school nurse, individual program, youth center, public employment agency, Swedish Insurance Administration, child and youth psychiatry center, primary health care and the municipal adult education.

The youth team of the working life unit discovered that young people from ages 18 to 25 have a hard time entering the regular job market due to fewer opportunities. A project was then created called the learning by doing project (lärlingsprojektet). The project was aimed at enhancing the individual’s chance to be employed at the regular job market and/or continue or start further education. This was done through efforts that increased the individual’s competence and through job-training in local business firms.

The job circuit project is therefore considered by the youth team as an opportunity to further develop the learning by doing project in Åmål.

Organizational model

The youth team of the working life unit of the social services in Åmål have created an organizational model for the learning by doing project. It comprises of three stages: recruitment into the program, introduction program and lastly the job-training program. It involves participants from the target group and actors from the youth team of the working life unit of the social services, public employment agency, Swedish Insurance Administration and designated employee of involved business firm.

Recruitment into the program

The target group is marginalised from the job market and high school. They are individuals from both sexes, 18 to 25 years old who are unemployed, and/ or high school dropouts and/or recipients of economic help from the social services. One is recruited to the program through the following: own application, recipient of economic support from the social services, contacts with the public employment agency, Swedish Insurance Administration, psychiatry center, primary health care and Karlberg High School’s individual program.

Introduction program

After recruitment, the youth team assesses the participants individually and a program/activity for the participant is decided mutually. The participant will then be engaged in one of the activities in a work group. After two weeks the participant is again reassessed whether he/she shall participate in the job-training program or another activity/program. Job coaching is one of the activities conducted in the introduction program.

AMOT computer program is being used to register participants.

Job-training program

After completing the introduction program, the participant is ready for the job-training program. The job-training program placements are prepared by the youth team of the working life unit of the social services, the local employment agency and the local businesses involved with supervision from a designated employee in the firm. If needed the supervisor/tutor from the firm can be trained in the psychosocial elements that complete their technical know-how and strengthen their roles as supervisors/tutors. A steering group is created.

Steering group

The steering group is comprised by representatives from Åmål’s High School (Karlbergsgymnasieskolan), local businesses, public employment agency, Swedish Industrial Workers’ Union, youth team of the working life unit of the social services office (municipality of Åmål) and the Swedish Social Insurance Administration. The representatives are as follows:


Rolf Lindström Spicer Nordiska Kardan AB

Mats Elvebäck             Nilfisk Advance AB

IngMarie Kjellebäck    SEM AB

Annette Andersson      Swedish Industrial Workers’ Union

Helge Lindgren Karlberg High School

Anders Paulsson          Public employment agency

Yvonne Andersson      Swedish Social Insurance Administration

Britt-Marie Torevik      Job trainee coordinator, youth team, working life unit, social services municipality of Åmål

Berith Johansson          Social services, youth team, working life unit, social services, municipality of Åmål


The steering group’s purpose is to hammer out a model and a scheme or a system to create job-training program placements. Its main goal is to reduce unemployment and to use and develop the model.

The learning by doing project cooperates with “Sambandet” which coordinates activities from three local business associations (Företagarna, Svensk Handel and Industriföreningen i Åmål) and Åmåls municipality. The learning by doing project is presented in Företagarnas web page.


Berith Johansson

Åmål Sweden


P12 SI
INSTITUT REPUBLIKE SLOVENIJE ZA REHABILITACIJO, Institute for rehabilitation Republic of Slovenia
Ms Zdenka Wltavsky, Cufarjeva 5, SI−2000 Maribor
+386 2 480 5877, fax+386 2 471 6806
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Institute for Rehabilitation of the Republic of Slovenia was founded in 1954 as the Institute for Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons. In 1993 it was reorganised into a Public Health Institute – Institute for Rehabilitation, and the founder was the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.


Main activities of our organisation are presently as follows:

  • team and multidisciplinary treatment of patients with the most serious infliction of the motive system
  • vocational rehabilitation
  • production and individual application of orthotics and prosthetics requirements
  • rehabilitation doctrine development and rehabilitation methods and techniques induction
  • research and development work implementation
  • diagnostics and triage tasks and functions implementation
  • pedagogical work implementation for secondary schools, colleges and universities




The first steps in the field of practice firms for adults in Slovenia, however, were done by Inštitut za rehabilitacijo (Institute for Rehabilitation), namely, with the research from 1998, entitled Development of the Concept on Practice firm for Training of Difficult-to-Employ and Disabled  Persons financed by Ministry of Labour.

The first practice firm for adults was established in October 1999 at the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Rehabilitation, in its Working Unit Maribor, as an experimental project. In Slovenia, previously established practice firms were designed for secondary-school students and training institutions with secondary-school programmes.

In 2001, the experimental programme Practice firm for Adults has been implemented for the third year. We have justified the programme in its very foundation as a concept on integrated training for disabled and difficult-to-employ persons. It should be stressed here, that in Slovenia, education and training of adult disabled persons are implemented, as a rule, in an integrated form in the regular programmes. The introduced concept on practice firm for adults has indicated also that the integrated form of training has brought positive results for the disabled persons, as well as for the other programme participants represented by the population of difficult-to-employ persons.


In the European Community states, there are different concepts on practice firms for adults; the concept introduced by the Maribor's Unit of Inštitut za rehabilitacijo (Institute for Rehabilitation) is similar to the concept on practice firms for adults implemented in Austria, and to a part of the programmes in Germany.

Both practice firms for adults, Lan trade d.o.o. and Mistika d.o.o., operating at the Institute, are unique in Slovenia, so far, but practice firms for adults are foreseen also in Nacionalni program trga dela in zaposlovanja do leta 2006 (National Programme on Labour Market and Employment by 2006).

What is a Practice firm

The participants in the practice firm assisted by expert mentors simulate the operation of   practice firm, which does business with other enterprises of its kind in a closed network.

During the training course, they perform actual tasks on their working place by doing business with other practice firms in Slovenia (according to data by CUPS - Centrala učnih podjetij Slovenije -Practice firm Headquarters in Slovenia - there are 266 practice firms in 38 secondary schools) and abroad (over 4000 practice firms in 36 countries). Abroad, the practice firms for adults have been known for over 25 years and represented an efficient concept in combating the unemployment. In the practice firms, there are identical tasks performed as in actual enterprises, together with consideration of legislation and rules. The practice firm headquarters takes over the role of the payment agency, bank, tax office, customs, court and other state institutions.


Development of the Practice firm Programme

At the Institute for Rehabilitation, we have implemented the programme Practice firm for Adults for the fifth year as an integrated programme of experiential learning for the population of difficult-to-employ and disabled persons. The programme lasts three months and is organised according to the operation principle and requirements of a real working environment (8 hours daily), which enables also the acquisition of relevant working condition.

The organisation of work in individual departments is based on the teamwork, which enables the candidates to acquire experience in self-representation, consideration of other co-workers, designing of group goals and development of responsibility.


Because of its successful development and promotion, the programme has become recognised in the region; likewise, the unemployed persons from Zavod Republike Slovenije za zaposlovanje (Employment Service of the Republic of Slovenia), Regional Office in Maribor, have significantly increased their interest in it.

During these years, we have upgraded the programme contents in the theoretical, as well as practical fields; it should be particularly stressed that a substantial part of involvement in the practice firm was linked with practice firms for adults in abroad.

Under the programme, we have paid special attention on keeping the acquired knowledge and working potentials through enabling the candidates who completed the programme, to strengthen additionally their knowledge in computer skills, foreign languages and marketing, under a mentorship. During the last year, we have also improved the training programme on job seeking and presentation on the labour market, by which we have successfully solved the initial trouble occurring in performance of the practice firm club, after the training course is completed.

We were intensively developing the co-operation programme with companies, which would enable the excursions and acquaintance with the working environment, and an opportunity for acquisition of information on novelties in the companies through lectures and exercises implemented by external experts. Now we cooperating with 20 firms in our region.


Overview of Involved Persons

During the period of October 1999 to January 2004, there were 10 groups of participants included in the practice firm, 183 persons in total. About 10% of these were disabled. The participants were posted by Employment Service Maribor – Območna služba Maribor (Regional Office Maribor), Območna služba Ptuj (Regional Office Ptuj), Urad za delo Ruše (Local Labour Office Ruše) and Urad za delo Slovenska Bistrica (Local Labour Office Slovenska Bistrica).

Among the participants, there is a major share of those with secondary education, especially secondary school on economics. The participants' age varies between 18 and 46 years of age.


Which Knowledge do Acquire Participants in Practice firm

In the practice firm at the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Rehabilitation, the participants are disposed on 20 learning work places in the secretariat and human resource department, financial-accounting department and marketing (sales, purchasing and advertising). Each work place is equipped with a personal computer and the programmes Office 2000, Word and Excel; the programme participants also learn how to use the Internet and electronic mail.

For business operations, the participants on the learning work places use the computer programme for commercial transactions, which enables a computer aided keeping of product stock, record of business partners and designing of documentation on goods (order, invoice, pro-forma invoice, supply order, acceptance of goods, calculation of prices and others).

The practice firm deals with a trading activity, and today, any work in similar real enterprises is impossible without a computer.

The active work in our financial-accounting department is enabled by a computer programme supporting the ledger, calculation of value added tax, calculation of salaries, keeping of assets and cash operation.

This year, we have supported by a computer programme also the work in human resource department and secretariat, by purchasing the software for human resource management, calculation of travelling expenses and mail book.


As a partner in proposed project we intend to cooperate in almost all activities particularly in activities connected with target group, selection of the professions and activity sector that have more employment opportunities in our country/region, selection employers from the above select areas, that have experiences with target population, analysing the employers and young people opinions, development of the Vocational Training Program, preparing the evaluation instruments, implementation of the Vocational Training Program, analyse and evaluation of the results and representation the results of the project on the seminar.


Maribor, 3th September 2004

Institute for Rehabilitation Republic of Slovenia

Zdenka Wltavsky

Practice firm manager