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Equal Opportunity of Learning Skills Increasing the Level of Employability.
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project Equal Opportunity of Learning Skills Increasing the Level of Employability aims at providing more attractive education and training programs in line with students’ needs and expectations concerning their future employment. Secondary school students have problems choosing their career path. They are incapable of making the right choices as to what to study at university and which profession to choose in the future. They are incapable of recognizing their social, interpersonal and language skills. As a result, many of them decide on their future job intuitively or by coincidence. The main aim of this project is to create modern, committed and professional staff in our schools. We have planned short-term joint staff trainings for project teachers and intramural in-service teacher trainings on recognition of students learning styles and intelligences. We are ready to create and integrate good practices and new methods into our daily teaching activities. We feel that we are responsible for our students. Gaining new knowledge and experiences will enable us to helps students choose their career path. Diminishing weaknesses in our educational systems and implementing new policies will contribute to decreasing the unemployment rate among youth. Most countries of the partnership struggle with serious shortcomings in educational systems and labor market which lead to relatively high rate of youth unemployment. Our project Equal Opportunity of Learning Skills Increasing the Level of Employability is innovative as the schools of the partnership have never participated in a project that would deal with career counseling, students’ seminars or diagnosing students’ work predispositions. We have never focused on our students obtaining Europass. This project will let us implement new ideas and solutions such as the creation of the Career’s Counseling Centres that will bring positive and long-lasting effects in our schools. The project is innovative as we focus on the connection between formal and non-formal education. We also encourage other teachers and schools’ personnel to perceive and value the role of non-formal education and implement daily teaching activities in it. There are six secondary schools in our project. All the schools have the same needs and problems they struggle with and all the schools have previously taken part in many different EU projects. However, they never cooperated together. The need to work together came from the common problem: the schools have-high unemployment rate among school graduates. Every school is situated in a small, peripheral town. All the schools were found in the E-Twinning platform. The two target groups we address in our project are: teachers who lack proper knowledge and skills essential to advise students on their career path. They need to strengthen their job profile to be able to offer attractive education and training programs. Not only will languages teachers be involved in project activities, but also school headmasters, deputy-heads, IT specialists, school pedagogues, class teachers, educationalists and cultural studies teachers. Students are the other target group. They usually come from industrial towns, relatively small cities or surrounding villages. Most students come from rural peripheral areas and from close communities with high unemployment rate. Through our project work, we want to have an impact on teachers from lower secondary schools and secondary school in our towns and local area. Teachers will be aware of the need and the role of proper diagnosing students’ learning styles and kinds of intelligence and perception and the role of meta-knowledge in contemporary teaching. We will organize some cascade conferences to pass on the knowledge we gained to the other teachers in local area. We will instruct other teachers how to create programs of international seminars, how to work with international groups of students, how to plan and implement students’ exchange programs. We will establish co-operation with local trade environment to enable our students to gain certain job experience. Thus the level of skills for employability and new business creation will improve. In Podbeskidzie region and other partner countries’ counterpart regions we will influence local authorities to implement employers friendly policies which will result in creation of more work places for secondary school leavers who have a thorough knowledge of academic subject, know how to function abroad and have high language skills – English for specific Purposes. The impact on local communities to support the schools Career Counseling Centers to help students make proper career choices. They will prevent students from making accidental choices which could end up in a waste of time and money they spend on higher education with no or very little employment perspectives.
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