The economic and social crisis that Europe is facing has led to a sharp decline in economic activity and recession. The labour market is being severely hit and unemployment rates are increasing negatively affecting the EU’s potential growth. Unemployment is particularly high among women and young people and this situation is exacerbated among migrant women and women at risk of social exclusion. In addition, these groups are more vulnerable because of issues related to work-life balance, limited availability for training and access to resources.
In this scenario, the aim is for Europe to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. Inclusive means, among others, raising Europe’s employment rates and helping people with fewer opportunities of all ages manage change through investment in skills and training. Continue reading
Two learning activities took place in Riga (18-22 September) and in Sofia (9-14 October) and 35 participants from the 4 partner’s countries – Latvia, Germany, Spain and Bulgaria attended the training. The learning activities were transnational training events, organised and implemented to test our “Career guidance curse “ for further education of persons working in the field of youth, to optimise it with the experiences and evaluation of the participants. It was assessed as an useful tool, which gives approaches to find out more about the personality, weaknesses, and strengths and to clarify questions and doubts youth people have, but are also getting more and detailed information about job opportunities.
We started a new project – WhomeN – Opportunities for qualified women in the EU. The project aims at building a protocol to foster a more comprehensive and inclusive recognition of professional competences and defining new paths for the acquisition of transversal skills for women at risk of exclusion.
The project started the 2nd of October 2017 and is coordinated by Fundación Aljaraque (Spain) and counts with 8 other partners AIDRom (Romania), GEN (Bulgaria), CIK TREBNJE (Slovenia), COSPE (Italy), EUROYOUTH (Portugal), FJYC (Spain), LEB (Germany) and LAEA (Latvia).
The main idea of project “Senior Social Entrepreneuring” is the active inclusion of people in pre-retirement or retirement age in the social and economic life of the society in different ways. The most important thing in the past months after October 2016 to date was the establishment of a local level working group whose members would be interested and motivated to generate new proposals to respond to existing social needs or solve social problems in local communities. The invitation to participate in the project responded enthusiasts from different fields – people aged 50+ working in the field of medicine, education, research etc.
It has gone nearer more than half a year after the WHOLE consortium met in Linz. During these months, everyone worked hard on preparing the project`s tasks. The results of the our work were discussed during the project partners’ meeting in May 2017 organized by Association Generations in Sofia.
Our first multiplier event were organized in Sofia together with one of our practice partners – the Nursing Association – the largest community in healthcare system, which includes a variety of professions – social workers, educators, pedagogues, vocational counselors, helpers for youngsters with special needs, volunteers that work with youngsters – all eleven types of occupations received in medical colleges, as well as the professions of health care managers at different levels, health care professors in the Medical Colleges and Faculties, etc.
The handbook draft developed in Bulgarian language was introduced to our practice partner. During the discussion separate methods/tools were more precisely introduced and discussed, because they could be offered and included as part of larger informal/non formal training as well as of relevant VET trainings.
Вe have received a feedback, we have prepared a handbook, which is very practical tool for the career guidance specialists in their work. Continue reading
All project partners had meetings with the practical partners to describe the handbook and to recommend and introduce methods as well as the structure of the handbook. Practice partners evaluated the methods and the handbook as very good and useful tools and approaches.They modified and adapted some of the tested methods for their individual use and gave feedback and recommendations. They also made suggestions to the structure of the handbook that most of the tested methods support the recognition of soft skills and competences and can be used for coaching processes.
We met for the third time in Seville and exchanged experience about the testing period done in each partner’s country. We have several practical partners in different work fields (teacher, social worker as well as those who are working in a youth club). The practice partners have been very interested in the handbook and the methods.
All of us had meetings with the practical partners to describe the handbook and to recommend and introduce methods as well as the structure of the handbook. Some of the project partners have already tested methods and more tested methods are planned. Practice partners evaluated the methods and the handbook as very good and useful tools and approaches. They modified and adapted some of the tested methods for their individual use and gave feedback and recommendations. They also made suggestions to the structure of the handbook that most of the tested methods are short term methods that support the recognition of soft skills and competences and can be used for coaching processes. Continue reading