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Hard-Soft Skilling-Charting your career path
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Equipping students with high transferable skills to help them in everyday life and labor market permanent challenges is becoming imperative due to the socio-economic conditions nowadays. As a result, in accordance with the individual training needs, teachers should be endowed with didactic and pedagogical tools able to boost students’ school-work transition and provide the learning environment with a more real life oriented approach. Hard-Soft Skilling-Charting your Career Path is a Strategic Partnerships for Cooperation, Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices among 8 secondary schools, both general and vocational, from Romania, Bulgaria, France, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Germany and Italy. The scope of the project is the integration of hard and soft core transversal skills learning as part of the 14-19 year-old high-school students’ development in 8 European countries, by the use of appropriate methodologies and tools to facilitate the process, in alliance in alliance with the “Europe 2020”strategy for growth and ET2020 guidelines. The major objectives of the project are: -to develop employability through basic high transferable skills acquisition -to maximize learning potential, encouraging self-reflecting and critical thinking on how to use the hard soft skills to chart their career path, offering tools learners may personalize and use for self -promotion -to develop awareness of the diversity of the local /national/international labor market and employment opportunities, equipping students with research skills and job searching techniques - to create innovative tools to support continuous development of learners' high transferable skills, increasing the students’ motivation by encouraging collaboration and experience sharing, fostering creativity and peer assessment -to support teachers to practice the ability to work in interdisciplinary and multi-national teams with a direct impact on teaching quality by sharing methods, strategies, ideas and materials. The project addresses both students and teachers in secondary schools. In order to reach the objectives, a comparative study will be conducted in the 8 partner countries and based on its results an optional course syllabus, an eight-module teaching toolkit and a teachers' guide will be created. Simultaneously, innovative teaching tools will also be designed and tested: an on-line resume creator, an employment web directory and an Android application for smart-phones. At the same time, an e-learning platform will be developed and teaching materials will be adapted and uploaded for on-line course delivery. Three short student exchanges will be held in 3 partner countries in order to test different teaching tools or teaching modules as well as to assess their impact at the level of students and teachers. An international conference will be organized at the end of the courses in order to disseminate the new curricula and tools and to offer best practice examples. Hard Soft Skilling-Charting your career path is organized according to two main directions. On one hand, it proposes a student-oriented approach, since it aims at increasing students’ awareness of the potential skills they may use and develop in order to increase success in their career, at offering tips on how to best exploit them based on a personalized career model and on what actions they may undertake in order to reach their goals. Thus, being trained, students will become more aware of their potential and of the possibilities of self-promotion. On the other hand, it proposes a pro-active approach for teachers and managers in the educational system, becoming thus an important opportunity for teacher professional development. Based on research and continual quality checks in a broad framework, the project promotes a core of teaching tools which could be easily implemented as part of the school based curriculum in any school, irrespective of its type ( either general or vocational). The project as a whole brings a new perspective on the necessity of introducing changes in the school curriculum and in the training models used in schools.
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