Title Assessment of Social Skills for better possibilities for employment
Project Number 2012-1-SE1-LEO05-11645
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text With increasing unemployment and more demands of the employer its an important issue to increase the possibilities for unemployed people. They will be the end users of the products, the target group is the teachers/trainers in adult education organisations. This project will help the unemployed not only to develop their skills and their opportunities, but also to show their present skills in a "formalized" format.
The proposal aimed towards the development of an assessment system for for teachers/trainers, and other working with unemployed people and in particular with the aim to evaluate and accredit non-formal and informal education and training (knowledge, skills and competencies they have acquired through their experience).
In the past years, social skills are more and more important to employers all over Europe.
Despite the development, obtaining a formal education & training in the field has not yet been developed to its full capacity and potential, leaving a majority of unemployed in the field without any formal education or training or recognition of their knowledge, skills and competencies. For this reason, the project will give the opportunity to assess the knowledge, skills and competencies they have received informally through work,volunteer work or through talent over the years.
The consortium of partners included institutions who have had previous experience in the materialisation of similar projects and who contributed constructively to the materialisation of this project. The consortium of partners consisted of Adult education organisations, Training organisations...etc. The partners have been capitalising on their previous experience and extending this experience through this specific project.
The project has led to the development of a database with necessary exercises for assessment of knowledge, skills and competencies that unemployed have and that not have been highlighted before. Further, the project has developed a system of assessment mainly around theese steps: CV evaluation, assessment and feedback.
The participants in the pilot process, in each of the participating countries, has been tested on their knowledge, skills and competencies which they have acquired informally through their work and other activities. Further, the web site of the project contains project information and a database that have been developed including a manual and tools for trainers/teachers. A network concisting of organizations, i.e. Public Employment Service, other adult educators, guidance centres and NGOs, was established to get feedback on the outcomes.
The aim of the project was the development of a process of assessment which gives unemployed individuals the possibility of accrediting their competencies across Europe. This process was achieved by the following objectives:
- give people a chance to get their social competencies recognized and valorized, which has a clear added value
- facilitate the recognition of the competencies in the third sector (non-profit)
- facilitate the comparison of the knowledge, skills & competencies of unemployed persons beyond national frontiers, contributing to geographic mobility
- providing a Manual and a database with tools for trainers/coaches who are working with unemployed people,
- raise awareness of the social dimension relating to social competences, integrating gender equality
The Partnership have produced training materials. The materials includes tools and manuals on assessment, links, reports, and methods for the target group to use in their work with the end-users, unemployed without formal education. All material is free, and available for download on the project web site.There are also a searchable database with the tools in the website.
The first year we have produced flyers , website and social media accounts such as Facebook, Linkedin etc..
The first draft of the Toolbox and the manual have been developed and in the spring 2014 the partnership will have the pilot phase.
After the pilot phase we reviewed the material nased on the feedback we got from the pilot test.
The Products in short:
The ASkills Manual provides methodological instructions on implementing assessment. The
first part of the manual defines the keywords, social skills and competences and explains the
European Qualifications Framework and its four selected levels. In general, the manual consist of practical guidelines for trainers from the preparatory phase and implementation to evaluation, good advice and common mistakes and some practical examples of using the toolbox.
This document presents the collation of tools suggested by the project partners for teachers/
trainers based on prior research among education experts, company representatives and
unemployed in the partner countries (i.e. Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Romania and Sweden). It focuses on the three areas those participants rated as the most important, most in need of tools in soft skills assessment: Communication, Working in teams and Handling changes/problem solving. This research has also revealed the most appreciated tools to consider which all reflect a very practical – hands-on approach requested by HR managers, teachers and
trainers. This document will therefore provide tools in form of and for Interviews, Observations of on the Job Tasks and Role-plays.
All the Tools are presented in the Data base, and here you can search for different Tools by using different keywords. The tool are downloadable seperately.
In addition a Definition of Social Competences in English is provided and this Document aims at providing the definition for social competences in the frame work of the project: A Skills- Assessment of Social Skills for better possibilities for employment.
A common national report on the situation in the partner countries is also provided, the report serves as a base for the work done.