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Reinforce your professional future: "A training course for improving your application skills by empowering yourself Reinforce your professional future"
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Jan 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The circumstances have changed in recent years: instead of relying on the government it's up to future employees to take initiatives by themselves. Create possibilities and be pro-active to be employed. That's what the economy and society are waiting for: flexible and creative people who are willing to take action and inspire others. The base of being pro-active and creative is inner leadership: a strong personality who can carry responsibility. That means relying on yourself and making conscious decisions based on your own feelings and thoughts. We believe that gaining a deeper understanding of ‘who we are’ is an empowering process which can lead to positive life changes and inner leadership. Empowering young people through this process leads to increased employability. 'Selling yourself' is an often heard expression. But if you know yourself very well and you know what's motivating you, then you're closer to your personal core, and then you follow your own strong instinct instead of 'selling yourself'. Our target group for the training will be individuals who work with young people. We will support these participants to explore their own identity and by doing so, they will gain a greater appreciation of their full potential. Ultimately our aim is for the participants to be in a position to transfer their learning to their work with young people and to enable them to support their own young people through this process. Overall aim The aim is to enable participants to learn themselves better and this self knowledge will serve them better in finding a job. The participants are in a position to apply their learning to their work with young people after this training course. Objectives • To support participants to become more aware of themselves and their vocations and in so doing be enabled to make conscious choices and decisions that fit with their goals in their professional life. • To provide participants with specific tools to support young people through a similar process. • Provide tools to be more self aware of your vocations, skills and competences. • Provide tools more aware of what they able to do (success). • To look how you can rely on powerless, inconvenient feelings and deal constructively with them. • To discover the new Erasmus Plus program and its actions as a tool to support the objectives of this training. The Training course will take place in Madrid , Spain between the 19/10-25/10 2015 and will consist of 30 participants from different European Union member countries. This training course will be based on non-formal and informal education with a self-directed learning approach. The training course will be developed from the expectations and needs of the participants and the experience and knowledge from the trainers. The training course will be characterized by highly participatory, interactive and experiential methods. The working methods will include case studies, working in pairs and small groups, team building activities, role plays, discussions, workshops developed by the participant and self-assessment. The participants are stimulated to spread what they learn in their own practice and share it with colleagues from elsewhere. Hopefully they are inspired to do the same exercises with their target groups, young people. We will create a dropbox with all the materials, handouts, pictures, movies, tools, useful links etc and share it with the participants and the partner organizations. Through this, the project result will be disseminated. Further, the trainers will produce a report with the outcomes of the TC in a pdf format which will be spread with the participants and the project organizations, and on the involved organizations homepage. This report will be added to the final report requested by the NA. The long term impact of the training course is that back home the participants annex youth workers are better prepared for questions from young people about employability. The youth workers give more 'surplus' in their consults so the young people have the feeling they receive what they're looking for. Moreover, we believe that this project can support the participants personal and professional development. They will live and work with people from different countries and for sure get a lot of new perspectives. Participating organization know where to find methods, theory and experiences about this topic and the participants will spread their experience within their organization. In addition this project may lead to future cooperation between organizations within the frame of Erasmus+.

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