The idea for MATCHSI comes from research and the observation that the quality of the information collected from the trainees, the vocational education training providers and host companies, particularly small and medium sized businesses, before transnational work placements and then subsequently shared is not always in sufficient depth or as relevant as it could be.
This leaves a significant gap between the expectations and objectives of the different stakeholders involved in the process. In practice this means that trainees find themselves in host companies that cannot provide the work-based learning that they require and that host companies often have trainees that do not have the required technical and practical knowledge to be able to contribute effectively. This in turn can dramatically reduce the many benefits of this type of mobility experience resulting in disappointment and even disillusionment amongst those involved.
MATCHSI aims to fill this gap.