SOS Network – Social Inclusion of Students with Special needs into Vocational Education and training and into the labour market – European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) – funded Centralized Actions

2011 – 2014

Team Member and National Team Leader

Location: Italy, Denmark, Spain, Austria

SOS Network – Social Inclusion of Students with Special needs into Vocational Education and training and into the labour market – European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) – funded Centralized Actions

Central Denmark EU Office, Bruxelles, Belgium

project value: € 655.727,00 / 30 months – 517736-LLP-1-2011-DK-LEONARDO-LNW

SOS network aims to contribute to social inclusion of young people with special educational needs and social disadvantages into mainstream VET, labour market and society. It intends to develop and introduce new concepts for approaching the issue of social inclusion and to provide teachers, trainers and others working with these young people in learning or job-related activities with adequate, well-proven and relevant methods and tools easily applicable in daily life.

The network takes holistic approach that underlines a need for looking at early school leaving in a context which involves different parties in addition to the VET system. Thus, the objectives of the SOS Network are:

1. To reduce early school leaving

2. To ensure transition from education and training to the labour market.

The objective of reducing early school leaving will be achieved through reaching following specific objectives:

  • Provide knowledge regarding students with special educational needs and social disadvantages, including knowledge of their specific skills, potentials and strengths.
  • Provide access to approaches, methods and tools that are proven effective and successful in a number of European countries and which are easily and directly applicable in daily teaching and learning all over Europe.
  • Provide cooperation platform to those working with respective issues for exchange of experiences and knowledge.
  • Provide a better understanding of the world of work- its demands, requirements and attitudes.
  • The objective that concerns transition from education and training to the labour market has following specific goals:
  • Establish sustainable and long-term cooperation between VET and the world of work.
  • Disseminate knowledge and awareness of skills, strengths and potentials that characterize students with special needs and social disadvantages.
  • Identify job functions that match specific skills, strengths and potentials of students with special needs.
  • In addition to these objectives, SOS Network also aims at establishing a sustainable and viable pan-European network for people involved in VET and social inclusion. This aim can be reached by:
  • Creating and promoting a pan-European SOS-Portal – ‘One-stop shop’ for all interested in the issue.  .
  • Providing people from outside the network access to its results and products through participation in local reference groups.
  • Ensuring a continuous and wide dissemination of activities and results of the SOS Network through newsletters and leaflets, participation at relevant seminars and conferences, local Open Space meetings open to everyone.


  • Planning and managing project activities establishing milestones; monitoring the activity of Italian staff members
  • Managing and coordination of research activities and data collection through questionnaires in the field of inclusive education
  • Coordination and managing of local testing activities
  • Design and coordination of dissemination events in Italy and Germany


Business or sector

  • inclusive education


About the Author: Giovanni Crisonà

Giovanni Crisonà started his career in 1986 and has been Provincial Trade Union representative in Italian State Police force for five years. With a degree of Technical Director in industrial engineering and a Master’s in education at Florence University, he started as a trainer and consultant in VET in 1995 and currently is the President of Centro Studi "Cultura Sviluppo", the research and training provider institute based in Tuscany and in charge to represent the European Forum for Vocational Education and Training in Italy.

As a LLL expert, he has been an EU Parliament Agora forum member, contributing directly to EU vision building process in VET and has collected hundreds of missions in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Comoros, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom working in international projects as a leader or a team member.

He has developed and introduced new learning methods and education practices for unemployed, disadvantaged, youngsters and adults, designing and organizing trainings, trainings for trainers and assessments in many fields like health and safety at work and Quality Management for public and private small and large organizations and introducing, from 1996, ICT resources in education with the production and implementation of multimedia learning materials and blended e-learning solutions in support to the on site learning.

In Italian and English language he has designed and produced several learning materials also to apply ISO standards and Quality Management principles in VET sector and in this field he is also a certified Skill Assessor recognized by Tuscany Region VET Authority.

In the last years, also as a leader of the project, he is as well deeply involved in developing mobility for learning.

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