Filling the skills gap of European VET learners
In 2017 a group of VET stakeholders envisaged the need to create a European community of practice (EROVET) with the aim of devising tools to increase youth employability in Europe, mainly in countries, such as Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy where youth unemployment rates were and still are very high. Eight partners in seven countries decided to join efforts and use their knowledge, experience and power to help reverse the situation. Although currently some countries such as Spain have improved their youth unemployment rate, the situation is quite similar and still much more needs to be done. EROVET partners still believe they can contribute to this important priority.
Four working lines were then outlined with the belief that internationalisation, orientation, work-based learning and entrepreneurship could help improving the employability of our youngsters. The partnership has so far contributed with the creation of a European mobility network, a European job pool, an orientation resource bank and a guide on work-based learning. Nevertheless, this project aims to go a step further and expand the existing work of the partnership with new resources and training activities.
Now in 2019, we recognise that skills regarding people, project and personal management are often not a feature of VET, but nonetheless a feature which businesses increasingly require. In response to this we anticipate the introduction of a fifth priority in our proposal, which focusses upon counteracting this recognised weakness and enabling both learners and businesses to succeed and develop faster. We expect that this innovation will help learners to manage people, projects and their own personal development enabling them to access better employment and careers. This element of work is aligned particularly to the European Commission New Skills Agenda which aims to reduce the difference between the training undertaken and how this relates to employment opportunities.
We are confident that the project dissemination plan will ensure both a great impact on the improvement of the employability opportunities of our youngsters and a successful continuity of a partnership born from VET stakeholders that aim to contribute to VET European prioriti
WHAT ARE THE GOALS?
Our objectives for this project are:
Complementing the existing work of EROVET and expanding the work with new projects, to support more young people, training centres and businesses across Europe.
Ensuring that the EROVET network is recognised throughout Europe as a leading edge partnership, becoming a reference point for VET stakeholders.
Ensuring that young people are more “work ready” and secure employability, technical and soft skills to meet employers current and future needs.
Promoting education and skills provision that better aligns to employers needs, especially in key sectors respective to each partner country’s economic demands.
Sharing best practice across a transnational footprint to enable the mobility of young people, their skills and employment.
WHAT WILL THE RESULTS BE?
The eight results of the project will be related to four of the five lines of the partnership and will complement the existing ones. Among others, we aim to produce:
A video that will particularly promote VET training and emphasize on the different role models to counteract issues of gender stereotyping and also promote positive opportunities in key economic sectors of each partner country.
An Innovation platform where joint innovative projects developed by learners in the partnership will be uploaded. The platform will be also be the means to find mentorship, financial support or practical support to improve or develop the projects.
A course on managerial skills to train students for the identified gaps in their existing project learning related to the three P´s of management – project, people and personal management
An app to support guidance and orientation
WHO ARE THE MEMBERS?
In order to make the most of the partnership eight different VET stakeholders from eight different countries will now contribute with their different strengths and specialisms towards the benefit of the partnership. This will ensure a holistic approach to partnership project activity encompassing fourteen particular specialist areas: electricity and electronics, energy, the environment, business, logistics, carpentry, hotel and tourism, health, ICT, metal work, car maintenance and repair, construction, engineering and design. This ensures a diverse range of opportunities and experiences for young people, training centres and businesses alike.
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