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Careers Advice and Pathways to Employment
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Since 2008, the EU economy has experienced the deepest, longest and most broad-based recession in its history since the 1930s (European Commission 2009).The average youth unemployment rate in most Member States is more than twice as high as the rate for adults. Almost 5.4 million young people under 25 are unemployed in the EU-28 (EC May 2014), representing an unemployment rate of 22.8% i.e. more than one in five young European job-seekers cannot find a job. 7.5 million young people aged 15-24 are not employed, not in education and not in training (so-called NEETs).More than half of young people without jobs say they simply can’t find one, while businesses across Europe insist they struggle to find young people with the skills they need. One reason for this is the failure of employers, education providers and young people to understand one another, they operate in "parallel universes" (McKinsey 2014).A set of European benchmarks, agreed by Member States for 2010-20, include that that lifelong guidance should be embedded into lifelong learning and employment strategies. However although teachers, trainers and counsellors are skilled people in their own area of expertise, they lack the knowledge and competence to embed careers guidance into the learning process. The CAPE project aims address this situation by bringing together good practices in employer engagement from across Europe and through the establishment of employer forums and networks, encouraging VET providers and second chance schools to improve dialogue and activity with enterprises. The CAPE consortium aims to share good practices from across Europe and across sectors (VET , second chance and informal learning)to ensure teachers, trainers and counsellors have the necessary knowledge and skills to support young people to develop career management skills (CMS). CAPE will train teaching staffs, improve links with employers and develop resources to support and improve careers advice and guidance given to young people at risk of ESL. The CAPE consortium consists of 9 partners from Poland, The Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Italy, Cyprus,Spain and Portugal, all who are experienced VET providers or specialists in second chance education and have experience of working with young disadvantaged people who are NEET or at risk of NEET. The CAPE partnership will set up employer forums and networks to bring together education providers and enterprises, conduct research on existing good practices and a training needs analysis of teachers & trainers. A training the trainer programme will be developed, with 4 training events across Europe, and will be tested among the partnership. Accompanying Training Handbook and teaching/learning resources will support the teacher alongside an e-learning platform and Employer Engagement Handbook. The expected impact is an improvement in teacher/trainer competence and knowledge of the job market and current career options, enabling young people to develop career management skills and make better career choices. The long term benefit is that lifelong guidance will be embedded into life-long learning.
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