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Transversal competences for global employment
Start date: Jul 1, 2014, End date: Dec 31, 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The seminar “Transversal competences for global employment” will bring together youth workers from the EFIL/AFS network in order to better connect learning outcomes of youth exchanges with the needs and language of the labour market. The project stems from the insufficient recognition given to the educational gains of non-formal education mobility schemes, by the world outside youth work. Young people, who acquire valuable and unique competences in intercultural exchanges, face challenges in capitalising on this learning in professional life. Therefore the specific objectives of the seminar are: - to discuss competences acquired in long-term exchange and volunteering; - to identify conditions needed and existing good practice for transversal competence acquisition in mobility programmes; - to review existing tools for assessment and validation of learning in exchanges; - to connect the mobility learning gains and the youth NGO context to the needs/mindset/language of European labour markets; - to formulate follow-up plans to improve quality, assessment and recognition of mobility educational outcomes. The event will take place in Belgium and will involve 24 participants and 5 facilitators/support staff from 13 European countries. EFIL, as the applicant organisation, will co-ordinate the partnership, however the hosting role will be commonly shared by 3 Belgium-based organisations (AFS Programme Interculturels, AFS Interculturele Programma’s and EFIL), and each promoter will co-shape the project at different stages. During the 4-day programme participants will analyse the role of transversal competences for employability, the current educational practice of exchange organisations vs. the needs of the labour markets today, and the existing NFE recognition tools, in order to formulate recommendations and future plans for the participating organisations. Through interactive participatory methods and peer learning, the competences existing among participants and their organisations will be explored. As key multipliers, participants will pass knowledge onto volunteers in their countries who directly contribute to the quality and better recognition of learning through mobility programmes. The outcomes of the project will thus benefit a great number of young Europeans involved directly and indirectly in exchange organisations, increasing their chance for professional success in the future.

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