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MyFuture - Improving digital skills for career guidance at school
Start date: Oct 1, 2016, End date: Sep 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Increasing attainment levels and reduction of early school leaving rates are key issues for Member States and for each school in all Europe.Career guidance shall play a strategic role in supporting students' choices and their professional plans. In many countries, career guidance at school is becoming crucial for preparing students to initiatives of work-based learning and for fostering students' transitions from school to careers and to further learning paths.The quality of career guidance provision at school is based on the qualification of staff, on the tools and resources available for students and teachers, but also on the capacity of schools to establish and empower cooperative relationships with the "real word" through the collaboration with other local career guidance services.The project MYFUTURE will improve some of the main factors for ensuring the best quality of career guidance services: the methodological framework, the key skills of practitioners, the information resources and new guidance tools based on ICT.This project will have an impact on the strategic relationships and cooperation among schools and local career guidance systems: in particular, those provided by Public Local Authorities and by Career Services of Higher Education Institutions (HEI).The international consortium is promoted by the University of Camerino in Italy and it includes partners that are engaged in this field, with great experiences and innovative proposals in using and developing new technologies for career education and guidance. The consortium involves 5 territories with different career guidance systems (Italy, England, Holland, Romania and Malta), in order to test the model and the tools in rural, urban, suburban and insular contexts. Starting from a participatory research action, international working groups will develop a coherent set of web tools and devices, with the needed methodological knowledge and with the related open training resources for teachers and practitioners. At least 240 teachers and career guidance practitioners will be involved in the international working groups and in training paths.The main activities of the project includes:- local and international focus groups;- international survey on career guidance at school (emerging needs, models, case studies, tools and web resources)- local and international working groups for the development of the MYFUTURE web platform and e-guidance resources (career database, information, videos, web meeting and web interview, CV on-line, e-portfolio, e-learning paths on CMS for students)- local and international training paths for teachers and creation of the e-learning platform- national pilot actions for testing the models and the web tools- multipliers events- evaluation and exploitation of the project results.This set of project products will foster:- the right of an individualised career guidance for all students;- a qualified support for the preparation of school transitions and work-based learning experiences;- the cooperation among schools and local career guidance services (provided by Universities, Public Employment offices, others local services);- a better allocation (in one shared web platform "MYFUTURE") of career guidance resources and services for students;- higher quality standards of career guidance provision at school;- a new training offer and e-learning resources for teachers and practitioners.The main products of the project includes:1 - MY FUTURE - Improving career education and guidance at school. Guidelines for teachers2 - MYFUTURE - Web portal for career guidance3 - Q-GUIDANCE - Proposal for a Quality framework for career guidance resources.4 - MYFUTURE - Web map device5 - MYFUTURE - App6 - MYFUTURE - E-learning platform for teachers and practitioners.The project will also identify the key skills of teachers and practitioners for improving the quality of career guidance. The international working grops will also develop models for training the teachers and practitioners in different contexts, through blended cooperative learning pathways.The great risk, also for the most engaged and dynamic schools and education insitutions, is the lack of effective and operative models and tools to answer the emerging needs of a huge population of students, facing the challange with the career development.In this meaning and as long terms impact, the MYFUTURE project aims at addressing complex structural needs in the field of career guidance and education, fostering cooperation and mutual learning at European level, to share different approaches, to define and test innovative career guidance resources for students.

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