About the project

Published: Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Summary

We have found it to be the case that when vocational training students start new jobs at companies, they are often well-prepared in terms of technical knowledge. However, we have observed that there is a large gap between the level of transferable skills these students develop while at school, and the level of transferable skills expected by companies. This situation is even more exaggerated amongst the least qualified students.  We feel it is important to focus on developing these transferable skills, as in many jobs the level of technical knowledge required is actually much lower than the level the students tend to possess. Such little time is devoted to training in transferable skills in schools that students find themselves totally unprepared when they enter the job market. Training in transferable skills should also allow students to move easily between low-skilled jobs. 

 

Aims and objectives

Our objective is to rectify this severe lack of training in transferable skills by involving students at every stage of our project. They will be the ones who contact companies to acquire information about the most relevant transferable skills, they will adapt a methodology for the teaching of these skills, and they will design both online and on-site activities. By being so involved in the project, we aim to instill in students a sense of the importance of transferable skills in the labour market. Upon completion of the project, students will have been trained in how to successfully look for, and apply for jobs. We hope that the project will help to reduce the dropout rate and increase employability amongst the least qualified students. Guidance will be provided throughout the project by a team of teachers.

We will be working with a diverse group of students. The first group will be selected from students of first-level vocational training, who usually experience severe educational difficulties. We will also integrate second-level vocational training students into the group, and students of social pedagogy and education. This second group of students could act as mentors for the first group of students, providing support and guidance while performing the project activities. The teachers involved in the project will come from the same areas as the students, in addition to some other teachers to support with administrative and technical tasks.

 

Outcomes

Our expected outcomes are:

  • A transferable skills catalogue for lower-qualified vocational training students (OC1)
  • A pedagogical methodology to acquire these transferable skills (OC2)
  • On-site training activities (OC3)
  • e-Learning training programme & activities (OC4)
  • Job seeking guideline for the least qualified students (OC5)

We will create four blended learning activities to help students move through the various stages of the project:

In the first blended learning activity, students will develop the survey form for acquiring information from companies, agree on the data collection process, and begin to contact companies.

In the second blended learning activity, students will complete the data collection process, analyse and summarise the data, build the transferable skills catalogue, gather information about methodologies for teaching transferable skills, adapt the methodology towards the least qualified students, and start to create online and on-site activities.

In the third blended learning activity, they will finish creating online and on-site activities.

In the fourth activity, they will collate all the information from the previous activities and create videos for the dissemination of the project at a fair in the Czech Republic, and in their local areas. They will also create a job-seeking guideline aimed at the least qualified students.

During the first three blended learning activities, students will receive talks from HR experts and will visit companies to get an idea of transferable skills in the workplace, which will help them when designing activities.

 

Methodology

Our methodology will be based on Work Packages. 
The impact of our project will be widespread. Firstly, both current students and teachers from all partner schools will benefit since the outcomes of the project will be implemented into the schools’ curricula. Thus, teachers will learn from our outcomes and will have a set of activities for the training of transferable skills. On a wider scale, other schools will be able to benefit from our project since we will publish our outcomes on the internet and through European tools. All of the partners have their own network of schools who will be reached through the dissemination of the project.

In terms of long-term benefits, this project will improve the level of transferable skills among students of all partner institutions, in addition to students at other institutions who wish to benefit from the project. Further, we aim to establish a sense of the importance of transferable skills among students and teachers in the European job market.

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