Soft Skills - Naturally
Start date: Mar 1, 2016,
End date: Aug 31, 2016
"Soft Skills - Naturally" was a semi-outdoor training course held in Põlvamaa, Estonia during the period of 5-13 July 2016. The training course involved 25 motivated youth workers/youth leaders from Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Cyprus, United Kingdom & Poland. Supported by the team of experts the participants met in a place called Taevaskoda to explore how to link outdoor educational activities to soft skill development in order to contribute to fighting unemployment.
Outdoor education can provide the environment of developing soft skills mentioned above. Outdoor activities have all the necessary characteristics to foster problem-solving, teamwork, communication, adaptability, critical thinking, time management and so on. The challenging environment gives the opportunity for creating strong educational sessions or activities followed up by strong reflection. If the sessions are designed and carried out with emphasis on soft skills and their development, then youngsters can benefit from them by increasing their employability and attractiveness to employers.
The project aimed to raise young people's employability with better developed soft skills through training youth workers/youth leaders in fostering soft skills development in the outdoor setting.
The training course set next objectives:
- To foster mutual understanding of soft skills and their role in employability of young people;
- To give knowledge regarding soft skills and their characteristics;
- To give tools to participants for contributing of soft skills development;
- To give opportunity for participants to practically experience creating an outdoor learning environment;
- To promote soft skills development to organizations and other institutions;
- To create a handbook of educational outdoor activities aimed at fostering certain soft skills;
The project is seen to have impact on participants, making the confident and competent outdoor youth workers/youth leaders contributing to soft skills; organizations, making them more noticeable and with a larger network of reliable partners; young people, benefiting from the results of this projects; educators of formal institutions, making them think of contributing to soft skills development.
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