Enhancing soft skills during the workplacement abroad

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Part One

TNAM Initiative / project description

Title

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Enhancing soft skills during the workplacement abroad

Description

Description

Young students during their internship abroad acquire not only concrete know-how but also a wide range of soft skills, which have to be identified and evaluated. Young people are usually unable to recognize and reflect on their soft skills so it is important to support them during this process (introduce the issue, explain main soft skills and their importance for their future job, explain how to integrate them with the CV ecc.) This should be a task of teachers as well as of tutors abroad. Students in mobility have a great occasion to gain various soft skills and regular monitoring of their professional achievements could be a good opportunity for assessment.

Keywords / TAGS
soft skills, mobility abroad, employability

Coordinator contact details

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Giovanni Crisonà
giovanni.crisona@cscs.it

Coordinator Country

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Spain, Uk, Latvia, Denmark, Germany, Poland

Coordinator Region (NUTS code)

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Partners

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schools, youth centers and organisations, mobility facilitators

Theme

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  • Continuous training
  • Higher Education
  • Initial training
  • Intercultural learning
  • Labour market
  • Lifelong learning

Target Groups

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  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Teachers
  • Trainers
  • Careers officers

Type

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  • Best practice
  • Methods for Training of Teachers/Staff
  • New Skills Network
  • Quality Assurance in Lifelong Learning

Sector

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  • Education

Educational sector

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  • General secondary
  • Vocational/Technical secondary
  • Higher education
  • Centres for guidance, counselling or accreditation

Year

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2015
additional info if needed

Language

Your Project language (ISO 639-2)
eng
Languages you will look for
eng

Part Two

TNAM results

1. LLP project or related resource

Title
    Measuring and Assessing Soft Skills
Hyperlink
    http://www.mass-project.org
Comments/Description
    The MASS project transferred innovative methodologies in measuring and assessing soft skills. These were the personal and social skills which were needed to be successful in education and employment but many young people lacked these skills. Products included teaching materials and teachers packs produced in a range of languages. These were tested in Greece, Romania, Scotland, Sweden and the Netherlands and details published to our website. www.mass-project.org.

2. LLP project or related resource

Title
    DiAgnostIcs for Enterprise Soft Skills
Hyperlink
    http://daiss-project.eu/
Comments/Description
    The DAISS 2 project will enhance employability amongst unemployed adults through the transfer of newly developed diagnostics that assess & develop soft skills for enterprise & entrepreneurship. It builds on a previous LdV Transfer of Innovation that has successfully transferred soft skills diagnostics for job matching to 6 EU countries
    DAISS 2 has been developed in response to growing employer demand for enterprise skills amongst the workforce & an increasing emphasis on & need for entrepreneurial skills for self-employment/business start-ups across Europe. Our experience & research has shown that many adults do have untapped enterprise potential but lack the confidence & skills to further their ambitions.

3. LLP project or related resource

Title
    NEtwork for Soft Skills Innovation for Employment
Hyperlink
    http://nessie-project.org
Comments/Description
    turnover/difficulty recruiting (particularly in the young); lack of ability to compete; inability to cope with change; reasons for staff dismissal & problems in school to work transition. Several European employer surveys endorse the following soft skills as essential but often missing: team working, communication, problem solving & motivation.
    VET providers in Italy, Sweden, NL, Romania, Greece & Germany are trying to respond to these identified skills problems by offering new approaches to training to develop these skills using learning outcomes/competence-based approaches. However a lack experience assessing soft skills & attitudes & an absence of suitable training material is hampering progress.

    NESSIE is currently developing educational materials in cooperation with VET providers & employers to both train workers in the workplace & unemployed job seekers, and importantly assess these essential soft skills.

4. LLP project or related resource

Title
    Addressing Youth Unemployment through Soft Skills Coaching Programmes
Hyperlink
    http://www.yuss-leonardo.eu
Comments/Description
    Globalization, the economic recession and the technological revolution are some of the main factors that have substantially changed our society and labour market’s needs. Processes towards labour market insertion are more and more demanding and the structure and features of job positions have changed. In order to face these challenges, it is important to detect which competences employers are looking for in candidates when recruiting, to offer the right policies related to employment and VET. Partners of this project have detected that “soft competences” are strongly valued, such as interpersonal and social competences. These competences are considered as fundamental personal skills, enabling people to adapt, react and cope in different situations concerning their job position. These qualifications are fundamental to build a knowledge-based society, in line with a changing labour market: for instance, the coexistence of at least three different generations (Baby-Boomers, the X/Y and the Z2.0) in the same time period in working environments is totally changing the way employers and human resources manager need to ensure a cohesive and goal-oriented staff team. Giving the above context, the overall aim of this project was to facilitate the transition of young people from the education system into the labour market, through the acquisition of knowledge, competences and qualifications that promote their personal development and their active participation in working life. Two innovative products of the project “Be Competent Be Sapiens” have been transferred: the “Bsapiens Coaching Model” and the “Market of Competences Training Course”. Partners of this project belong to human resources, enterprises associations and VET providers. They have all detected the same priorities concerning the needs for young people in the actual labour market. They have adapted the above-mentioned products at country level, in order to offer an effective coaching programme which will enable the target group to develop successfully soft competences related to social and interpersonal skills. The impact that this project aimed to reach is to successfully match key competences in soft skills with labour market needs, making a significant change in facilitating the access into the labour market for young people, while enterprises, human resources staff, educational/training centers will acquire the necessary coaching competences to spread and disseminate the products to other interested organizations and employers.

Part Three

CB4LLP Action Plan

Useful ideas

The project should gather and elaborate ideas and tools useful for introduction and assessment of the soft skills acquired during the internship abroad: asymulations game, on-line tools, guidelines for teachers and mentors, forms and questionnaires about the topic

Stakeholders

schools, youth workers, tutors, mentors

Partnerships

Partnership with entities experienced and active in the field of formal and non-formal education and youth work

Other

The idea is to develop different tools which cab be used for assessment of soft skills (a symulation game, workshop materials and on-line information materials) addressed to VET students, their tutors abroad and teachers at school

Solutions

The project will be divided into tasks to be done by each partner, will be monitored by the coordinator and payments will be effected as agreed at the beginning of the project and foreseen by the contract with the National Agency.

General

These materials will be suitable for use in schools, colleges, training centres and other organisations working with youngsters in vocational training

Particular

Internal

skype, website

External

Activity Reports from partners to coordinator every 3 months.
Activity and Financial Reports to the NA.

Educational Sector

symulation game, on-line information materials which can be useful during the workshop and assessment meetings with students in mobility

Non educational

Posters, leaflets

Equipment

website, DVD

Systems for quality monitoring

Feedback from partners will be requested on various aspects (communication, understanding of the tasks, self assessment of quality, etc.). All this will generate reports on quality and will help the coordinator better understand the situation. Activity reports and financial reports will also help the monitoring.

Systems to document taken actions

Activity reports, dissemination and exploitation reports.

Part Four

CB4LLP Impact analysis

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