On the 11th and 12th of January, the DESIGNS consortium held their 3rd meeting in Bruges, kindly hosted by the Bruges Deaf club.
The DESIGNS project is funded through the current European Commission’s ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships, and brings together 7 partners from 4 EU countries who are renowned experts in the fields of Deaf Studies research, education and training, employment, sign language interpreting and Deaf community advocacy.
The overall aim of the project is to create research-driven, evidence-based VET and CPD training resources and exchange best practices across Europe to facilitate greater participation of Deaf sign language users in employment.
The DESIGNS consortium had two days of meetings, and then had a city hall meeting wherein all the partners presented various aspects of the project to the deaf community of Brugge and beyond. Topics such as interpreter provision, the skills of the interpreter, the deaf community and qualifications, the challenges of promotion and progression in a job were only a few of the topics that were presented on.
Additionally, members of the deaf community took the opportunity to take the floor and give accounts of their experience in employment settings.