The global economy has been transformed by the Internet in the last two decades. In the developed world, there has been a shift towards a post-industrial model of employment, where factory work and routine office work is routinely outsourced or automated by robots and software. The career path of 21st-century careers allows us to create our own job opportunities by freelancing, testing out our ideas by building our digital brands, getting creative with our talent development and how we create value for other people.
Our students become professionals in their fields, most of the times encountering difficulties in identifying job opportunities, especially since our areas are predominantly poor and lack career opportunities. The job markets have now been digitalized and unless we adapt soon, we will find it increasingly difficult to catch up from behind. Given these circumstances, we believe that the time has come for us, secondary and VET schools, to upgrade our approach to the newest trends in job-related skills.
1. To enable students and teachers to exchange practices and experiences in the VET field
2. To improve students’ 21st century job skills – learning, literacy and life skills
3. To create the context for students to apply the acquired skills
4. To increase students’ ability to identify career opportunities and boost students’ employability
5. To improve language, ICT and professional skills
6. To develop intercultural competence, tolerance and respect for other cultures
Students and teachers will participate directly in the project. The target group we are addressing is made up of approximately 600 students aged 15-18. They are on the point of graduation at the end of the project and we will be better able to observe the impact on them as a result. The students we target are all training in different professional fields and we aim to design all activities so that they apply to all of them irrespective of their specialization. From this group, we will select a number of 100 students at the level of the partnership (20/country) who will attend the exchanges, accompanied by 40 teachers
C1 - Developing learning skills for students (SK, NOV 2019)
C2 - Developing literacy skills for students (MK, MARCH 2020)
C3 - Developing life skills for students (RO, MAY 2020)
C4 - Job seeking and job applications in the field (IT, NOV 2020)
C5 – Start-up business (TR April 2021)
The project is going to have a series of results – tangible and intangible. The intangible results refer to students’ acquisition and development of knowledge, skills and abilities, improved cooperation among schools in European states which can result in future project initiatives and collaborations.
- Workshop written output related to activities meant to develop sets of skills. There will be 5 such sets of workshop materials, one produced during each exchange. These materials will be published and made available online, for other schools to use. They will also be used in our schools with other students in future years - Step-by-step guide to boost employability of graduate students
- Presentations of job market trends in each countries
- Presentation of online tools and lists of search engines for the identification of job opportunities in all partner countries
- Pictures from the events
- Reports of the transnational meetings
- Project dissemination tools
- Promotion materials
- Presentations of schools
The partner schools will have visible benefits from the participation in this project. First of all, we will expand our VET network and be able to exchange practices and experiences with similar institutions all over Europe. This will help us improve our approaches to teaching, our practices and methodologies, in such a way so as to obtain optimal results. We will exchange experiences related to Erasmus+ projects for students, will learn about the results of partners from previous projects which will help us in current activities with students. We will therefore be able to establish long-term cooperation.
We will enlarge our material basis and our international dimension. We shall use the materials developed within the partnership with future generations of students and share them with other schools in our areas. We will therefore be better equipped to bridge the gap between school life and work life.|