Carrières Européennes pour les Diplômés Récents de..
Carrières Européennes pour les Diplômés Récents de l'Enseignement Secondaire & Supérieur
Start date: Jun 1, 2014,
End date: May 31, 2016
The IERF, founded in 1995, an organisation providing training, career guidance and mobility accompaniment, proposes for consideration the CEDRES.S project – “European Careers for Recent Graduates of Secondary and Higher Education” – whose goal is to offer 100 participants from the Ile de France region a mobility road-map enabling them to acquire professional skills and improve their employability.
The underlying methodology of its implementation derives from our previous experience on Leonardo, certified since 2009, and particularly MERIT, designed for young people of 18-25 years old with social integration problems, as well as CAMEP, designed for candidates for professional retraining. Of great benefit also is the experience gained in the context of CEDRE.S first presented for Leonardo 2013. This allowed us to develop programmes specifically for a post-student public, coming out higher education, not a priority group in our previous programmes. It has also inspired the title given to this 2014 project, which seems to fit our target group.
Whilst CEDRE.S is clearly structured in terms of phases and apprenticeship units, its overriding purpose is to encompass and improve the professional capacities of participants of level V to I, who have left either secondary education, higher education or full-time training of any sort within the past year. It would offer them an “à la carte” programme of qualification, embracing different job skills, technical linguistic capacities and intercultural exposure, all designed to meet the individual’s specific needs at the time.
One of the principal advantages of the teaching programme resides in the cross-fertilisation between these 3 aspects which make up the whole experience. To help the students attain this goal, we have devised two mobility “road-maps”: the first lasting 6 weeks, particularly geared to young people in integration from level V to II, the second of 12 weeks targeted at participants of a higher level, either older or with longer professional experience. Whilst the periods of mobility can vary, the teaching plan contains the same stages and objectives:
1. Pre-departure: collective socioprofessional guidance sessions accompanied by individual assessments. Intercultural and language preparation.
2. Abroad (outside France): practical internship in a company meeting the profile or personal project of each participant, with constant monitoring to measure linguistic and professional progress, certified by Europass and level tests.
3. On return to France: session to assess what has been learnt from this experience, followed by accompaniment during 3 to 6 months to allow the participants to:
- Develop their capacity to summarise and explain in their own words the key skills acquired in relation to the specific professional context they have chosen.
- Learn to identify what experience and training is most relevant to maintaining a competitive professional profile on the job market, this in a logic of “Long Life Learning”.
- Acquire a continuous ability to judge their own progress, their technical, linguistic and intercultural skills, hence enabling them to position themselves to advantage vis-à-vis European or international recruiters.
- Identify concrete employment opportunities: a major indicator of the impact of our project is integration in the job market within 6 months.
We have built a partnership network with 9 experienced intermediate organizations in 8 different countries to ensure optimum welcome and logistics for participants. Clear specifications are drawn up with appropriate norms against which performance is measured, supervised by the IERF and a Piloting committee. Choice of the partners reflects level of demand by country; English and Spanish-speaking destinations tend to dominate language-based requests, but other countries are selected as a function of specific sectors.
To encourage initiative, evaluate results and publish them, we have created a federation of 25 centres located throughout the Ile de France region, which in turn embraces 150 organisations, whose vocation it is to assist this public in obtaining employment. The Region itself is also an active partner in the project: its involvement since our foundation, “guarantees” the quality of our services and will help us to enlarge still further our partnership networks to other teaching organizations or local authorities. It will accompany us in the renewal of our request for certification of the project in May. It should also support the creation of a Consortium within which IERF will be the coordinator for the category of New graduates of higher education and full-time training. This is ongoing and should be accredited by the end of the year.
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