ESTEEM - European Safety Training and Evaluation for European Mobility

Scientific Coordinator: Dina Guglielmi
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Sector: Vocational Education and Training

Unibo Departments Involved: Department of Education Studies “Giovanni Maria Bertin”

Unibo Team: Michela Vignoli, Marco Giovanni Mariani, Marco Depolo, Francesco Saverio Violante, Greta Mazzetti.


Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/09/2017
End Date: 31/08/2020

Budget: 448.940  euro   
Unibo Budget: 110.735 euro

Coordinator: The University of Sheffield (UK)

  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna (IT);
  • Universitat de Valencia (ES);
  • Istituto per l’Istruzione professionale dei Lavoratori Edili della Provincia di Bologna (IT);
  • Valora prevencion (ES)

Safety at work has been a field of strong interest for many decades, and the quality of training has increased, both in terms of content & delivery. However, there is a need to ensure access to training for vulnerable groups and to ensure that training is transferred to the work setting and thus effective in improving safety behaviours.

As a result of this scenario, ESTEEM aims to: a) review and identify the barriers and facilitators that may be effective in VET training particular groups of vulnerable workers, i.e. low-skilled & migrant workers in construction; b) develop and test a Safety Training Programme (STP; O3), an innovative training model (including an Interactive Platform, O2) for the development and delivery of safety training among these groups of workers; c) develop and test a Safety Training Evaluation Device (STED; O4) that captures training transfer, i.e. that safety skills learned are transferred into daily work activities and thus results in improved safety climate and behaviours.

The project is designed to develop deliverable outputs that could be used by a wide range of organisations across Europe. Specifically, those outputs concern the definition of Safety Training Guidelines, which could be especially useful for Health and Safety Practitioners to plan safety training in their organisations and improve organisational policies concerning safety training. Furthermore, an effective and tested Safety Training Package (STP), also including ICT instruments  and a Safety Training Evaluation Device (STED), will be developed and disseminated for free, aiming to enhance safety skills and consequently enhance low-skilled migrant workers' safety behaviours. All material will be made freely available on the project's website and through social media we will raise awareness of the project and its outcomes. Moreover, a Safety Training Certificate System, helpful in acknowledging the safety skills acquired across European boarders, will be implemented.

During the project, at least 140 people will be trained, namely employees (120 construction workers, focusing on migrants and those with low skills), and safety trainers and supervisors with safety responsibilities (20 people to become trainers themselves). Furthermore, 120 people will participate in the focus groups (10 people in 9 focus groups; 3 per country) and interviews (10 people per country).

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union