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Workability and Flexicurity for Employment
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Apr 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Young people’s integration into the labour market is one of the main goals of Europe 2020 strategy that should be supported and facilitated trough education and training to face youth unemployment and inactivity. Many people lose their skills and many young people struggle to enter the labour market. Increase and improve suitable skills for those jobs in demand on the labour market is to be ensured with a better matching of the skills needed, improving the flexicurity and workability of young people. Flexicurity represent the ability to change, to meet the globalized business needs and new concept of security: that comes not from an ordinary stable work but from the awareness of our own capability and predisposition to change. Workability is a precondition for employability that enable individuals to extend their working lives through a continuous self-investments on new skills. The project aims to involve youth workers, project leaders, youth advisers and other professionals working with youth in a modular pathway to inspire them, provide them with tools and methodologies in order to help young unemployed people to face current employment challenges through a new and innovative pattern that use music, theatre and art as means of promoting new skills and employment in particular, stimulating creative partnerships between culture on the one hand, and labour market on the other hand. The main objectives of the project are: - To provide youth workers with new knowledge on workability and flexicurity that will serve the young people they work with to be more equipped for current labour market needs and challenges; - To promote and encourage flexibility and workability in their work as a response to youth unemployment and for young people’s empowerment, through creative approach; - To introduce new creative ways of reaching out to target groups of young unemployed people by familiarizing them with new artistic, musical and theatrical tools and dynamics; - To increase awareness of the youth workers on the importance of culture, art and music, as non-formal tools for their work with youth and how it can have effects in every day routine, as well as the perspectives in the labour field; - To facilitate the exchange of experiences, traditions, best practices, habits and promote cooperation in the field of creative work with youth through culture, art and music in the EU countries. - To establish networks for further joint collaboration of the organizations involved in the project. The TC is planned as an 8-days training course with participants from 15 European Programme countries: Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, UK. It will involve 39 participants, 3 trainers and 2 support staff, and will be implemented in Palermo, Italy, in November 2015. The working methods are primarily based on the active participation and learning of participants promoted through non-formal and informal activities. Theoretical sessions will be also integrated but in an interactive way. The main methodological approaches will be based on: - Creative thinking methods - effective methods to find innovative solutions for traditional problems, through a variety of mental and manual activities which stimulate ideas generation: i.e. six thinking hats, etc. - Experiential learning - the so-called "learning from experience” i.e.: role-playing games, creative activities in the field of music, art and theatre, etc. - Cooperative learning - participants will work together but divided in small groups to reach common goals, i.e.: the buzz groups. - Peer learning - activities will allow participants to learn from each other, transferring good practices, experiences and knowledge, i.e.: fair of organizations, youth choir ensemble. - Open Space Technology – an interactive method of development of ideas for follow up projects and actions. - Outdoor activities – activities implemented out of the working room that allows to experiment new methods (i.e. performance outside to promote results of TC) or know other realities out from the group that integrate the learning outcomes (i.e. session with Ensemble Choir and visit to most important monument of Palermo). - Communication-based methods - a constant interaction among participants, dialogue, debates, will improve participants’ intercultural learning and increase their tolerance. The TC is designed to enhance these abilities through a new and innovative pattern that use music, art and theater of oppressed means of promoting growth of skills and employment in particular, among young people, stimulating creative partnerships between culture on the one hand, and other sectors (economy, research, business, innovation and education) on the other hand. The training course will also allow participants to establish networks for further joint collaboration.
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