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Self directed learning and learning to learn: an innovative approach to support youth employability
Start date: Feb 15, 2015, End date: Oct 15, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Youth unemployment is one of the most relevant challenges in contemporary Europe. Youth transition into an adult autonomous working life has been becoming a longer and complexer issue. Youth employability is directly related to life independence, which plays a central role in other structural social policies, like family policies, for example. All the new documents – Europe 2020 and its flagship – stress on the employability as a key factor for development. On the meanwhile, in the last 5 years Learning to Learn(L2L) and Self-Directed Learning(SDL) became well-known concepts in the Youth in Action programme. With the introduction of Youthpass and the ‘Youthpass process’ the concept of L2L was introduced within almost all activities within the Youth in Action programme. Last but not least ‘learning to learn’ being one of the 8 key-competences in the framework of the Life Long Learning programme of the European Commission made the concept an accepted and recognised one. Are these two concepts related to each other? Can L2L and SDL support youth employability? We believe so! But what concrete tools do we have as youth workers to implement this approach while working on employability? The training course "Self directed learning andlearning to larn: an innovative approach to support youth employability" will take place in Padova from the 5th to the 12th of June 2015 and will gather together 27 youth workers from 9 different countries (Italy, Romania, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria) who will try find answers to these and related questions. Thus, the objectives of the TC are: 1. deepening the understanding of employability 2. understanding the concept of L2L and experiencing what does it mean to be a self-directed learner 3. exploring the role of the group, of the environment and of the relations in the learning process 4. getting to know new tools to implement L2L 5. understanding the relation between L2L/SDL and employability 6. exploring how the youth workers can implement this approach to support employability 7. getting to know Erasmus+ can support youth employability

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