Addressing Youth Unemployment through Soft Skills ..
Addressing Youth Unemployment through Soft Skills Coaching Programmes
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.
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