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     BITSE (Barriers which Inhibit the Transition from School to Employment)


     LLL; Leonardo da Vinci, Partnership



14 Partners from 10 Countries                                                      

EASPD plays the role of Project Partner


Project Duration

The project lasted for 23 months from 01/08/2012 to 30/07/2014

Project Summary: 

As members of the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities, and in association with the many other member organisations, representing both old and new EU member states, this proposed partnership has in depth experience, expertise and knowledge in providing and developing a broad range of services for persons with disabilities. In conformance with the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and applying in principle, the UN definition of disability at the coal face of transition to employment programs and services, there is overwhelming evidence as collaborated and specified in the new EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (A Renewed Commitment to a Barrier-Free Europe), that persons with disabilities who are in transition from school to employment and work opportunities are either prevented, or at least inhibited from both accessing employment and/or sustaining themselves in the workplace, through interaction with various barriers which in effect hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with other citizens (EU Labour Force Survey ad hoc module on employment of disabled people (LFS AHM), 2002). This proposed Partnership, comprised of teachers, trainers, trainees and VET professionals, as well as other social partners and institutions, and representing the European Union in its broadest context and sense is committed to mutual cooperation on a common theme through an examination of these barriers. It proposes to identify, list and compare barriers which are common or typical to all partner countries, and develop 'common' best practice toolkits and set of recommendations which will help and support all relevant stakeholders in eradicating, diminishing and/or overcoming such barriers.

Main Objectives:

BITSE is a research project that seeks to identify the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities to find employment after school. The project develops best practice tool kits and proposes recommendations to improve the transition process towards open employment.
BITSE seeks:

  • To improve employability and participation in the European labour market
  • To contribute to greater employability and employment security
  • To support the transfer of common tools and innovative practices among member states
  • To improve guidance and counselling services for persons who are in transition from school to employment

Main Outcomes:

  • To identify, list, contrast and compare barriers which impact on the transition from school to employment for persons with disabilities
  • To develop a best practice toolkit for identifying and overcoming barriers in partner countries
  • To produce a set of recommendations to raise awareness amongst authorities and all relevant stakeholders
  • To improve the transition process and outcomes from school to employment for persons with disabilities

Contact details

Sonia Staskowiak, Project & Finance Officer

+32 2 282 46 17

Reports & Docs


E-letter 1
E-letter 2
E-letter 3
E-letter 4

General Report