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Building Soft Skills Today For Jobs Of Tomorrow
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Oct 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Young people have many great ideas and an incredible potential, they are however struggling to make use of this potential or to develop their ideas into projects and follow through on them for a range of reasons. Entrepreneurship education is a tool that youngsters can use to achieve their potential. Entrepreneurship is considered a great element for economic growth and creation of new jobs, it provides solution to social change and foster a young person’s employability. That’s why entrepreneurship education should be increased and promoted and underrepresented groups need to get special attention and to be given help in order to start and continue a business or social enterprise. Objective we planned in order to address the identified needs: •To explore the concepts of entrepreneurship education and other concepts which associate it (youth unemployment, social enterprise, youth work, social exclusion, soft skills) and recognize its importance for young people •To share different tools in entrepreneurship education to allow young people to assess and present their entrepreneurial competencies. • Promote youth work and voluntary activities for young people with fewer opportunities, as means of obtaining necessary skills and fighting social exclusion •To encourage positive interaction among our youth associations sharing experiences, country realities and best examples and creating bridges for future cooperation. • To promote the use of non-formal learning recognition tools, such as the Youth Pass, and developing recommendations to different subjects on its acknowledgment. •To promote the Erasmus+ programme as a tool for empowerment of young people and for the great opportunities it offers to develop and improve soft skills of youngsters Working methods: Methodology of the training will be based in non formal education approach. brainstorming, role plays, simulation exercises, debate, open group discussion, questions and answers, theatre, buzz groups, presentation of short videos, collage, creative workshops etc. By the end of each workshop, debriefing will be done from traners in order to take out the learning points from each activity and how to put in practice in daily life. Trainers team will follow Kolb circle while implementing the activities which consist in: 1. Experiencing, 2. Reviewing/ Reflecting, 3.Concluding, learning by experience and 4. Planning/taking action. All the partners contributed to the creation of the activity program, offering their expertise in different fields, based on their area of involvement, and providing valuable input of what activities would best serve the purpose of the given session. Two trainers (PTand IT) and two support staff (PT and IT) are foreseen for this activity (put as normal pax in the budget). The activities we will organize in the activity are various and combined with theory and practical workshops. All the activities follow a logical frame as following: Introduction, Get to know each other, group building, exploring the topic, Going deep in topic and lessons learned, tools to be used in practice, Follow up and dissemination, Final evaluation and closure. The participants who will follow the training are 34 youth workers/youth activists who are employed or working voluntary with youngsters in each partner organization. Participants should be willing to share their experience, motivated to learn new information and implement in local community different initiatives with youngsters on the topic of the training when they go back in their country. The improvement of all these skills and competencies combined will help develop a proactive stance and a positive attitude towards achieving their goals and tackling issues in their professional, possibly as well as their personal lives. The participants will have a chance to continue developing the discussed skills, using the resources that will be provided to them after the project, also serving as an example in their local communities and further spreading the message and working as multipliers. Lastly, the project will also improve participants’ understanding of the Erasmus+ programme and how they can use the different opportunities for their personal, professional or academic development and for the development of others. This project will also be a learning opportunity for the participating organizations. Those that are not so experienced in developing international projects will have an opportunity to see the process “from the inside”, gaining valuable experience they can use in the future.
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