Title DiAgnostIcs for Enterprise Soft Skills
Project Number UK/13/LLP-LdV/TOI-605
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The aim of this project was to improve employability and job prospects amongst unemployed adults through the transfer of newly developed diagnostics that assess and develop soft skills for enterprise and entrepreneurship. It is now available in English, Bulgarian, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Romanian. The Project built on a previous LdV Transfer of Innovation that successfully transferred soft skills for job matching to 6 EU countries. Daiss2 has complemented this initiative and broadened the range of products designed to improve employment prospects for job seekers across the EU.
The DAISS2 project was designed to enhance employability amongst unemployed adults through the transfer of newly developed diagnostics that assess & develop soft skills for enterprise & entrepreneurship. It built on a previous LdV Transfer of Innovation that has successfully transferred soft skills diagnostics for job matching to 6 EU countries.
DAISS 2 was developed in response to growing employer demand for enterprise skills amongst the workforce & an increasing emphasis on & need for entrepreneurial skills for self-employment/business start-ups across Europe. Our experience & research indicated that many adults did have untapped enterprise potential but lacked the confidence & skills to further their ambitions.
Aims & Objectives
The aim of the project was to transfer a significant & innovative intervention in the diagnosis & development of enterprise skills within employability programmes, thereby supporting:
- local labour market demands from employers for a more enterprising workforce
- the drive for increased self-employment/business start-up.
We have transferred & piloted new elements of the Diagnostic that root out & develop aptitude for enterprise, expanding the mechanisms used in VET for this type of assessment. This process has provided VET Trainers with a clearer understanding of an individual’s entrepreneurial approaches, attributes & learning styles in order to better personalise their coaching methods.
12 VET Institutions with trained practitioners in Enterprise Psychometrics
75 VET Trainers from 6 EU countries trained to become effective practitioners able to work productively with target groups
602 unemployed adults receiving Enterprise Reports, detailed feedback & on-going coaching support in line with their preferred learning styles.
A comprehensive Practitioner toolkit for employability trainers
Evaluation reports & case studies detailing a series of contrasting implementations & exemplars of best practice.
An improved range of approaches to assessing & developing skills enterprise/entrepreneurial skills
More VET trainers adapting programmes to suit the learning preferences of individuals
Increased number of VET programmes targeted on enterprise/entrepreneurship
Improved self-awareness of enterprise potential among target groups
Reduction in local unemployment with more individuals entering self employment/business start-ups
DAISS 2 comprised 7 work packages, each with identified tasks, timelines, resource and budget allocations. The lead partner for each work package was chosen for their experience and expertise in their chosen area and took responsibility for the planning of deliverables, results and valorisation. The work packages were segmented into manageable stages with tasks fully described and allocated according to the skills sets of individuals within different organisations.
Work packages were designed and developed to ensure maximum collaboration between all partners, particularly with respect to needs analyses, product adaptation & translation, transfer and development.
Briefly they comprised: Project Management, Comparative Needs Analyses, Product adaptation and transfer, Product piloting, Evaluation and Valorisation.
The project has supported VET Trainers encouraging a more enterprising approach to employability. They have been trained to use and interpret the results of the diagnostic for the benefit of the adult job seekers they support. Particular emphasis has been given to identifying the skills and competences required for business starts up using the Tool as a guide to developing appropriate and personalised learning programmes.
It was anticipated that a minimum of 60 Trainers and 600 unemployed adults would benefit from the intervention. In the event 76 VET Practitioners were trained and 602 end users took part in the pilots.
Utilization and distribution of results
Information and Communication
material for open learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Results: The consortium has produced a comprehensive Need Analysis report with input from all partner countries. This comprised both primary and secondary research focused on the assessment and development of soft skills for Enterprise across a broad EU spectrum. Based on these findings, the Diagnostic has been adapted and transferred to all partners in each of the 5 languages. It has been enhanced by a Practitioner Toolkit and Enterprise Coaching guide translated as required. The team has also sourced and developed supplementary teaching and learning materials that will be stored on the 'Cloud' via an 'invitation only' Dropbox. This is to protect IPR. Further results, products and recommendations from piloting have been disseminated through regular newsletters, social media and events, keeping our partners, stakeholders and interested parties informed of project progress and key milestones. A series of reports detailing the impact of DAISS2 and our plans for sustainability have been uploaded onto the project website.
In line with our original submission the project has achieved the following results:
- A Comparative Needs Analysis completed by each partner. Primary research and a desk based literature review on the position of enterprise and entrepreneurial skills in employability training.
- New Enterprise and Entrepreneurship reports translated into 5 languages and uploaded onto the DAISS platform
- A revised system handbook for practitioners
- An Enterprise Coaching Guide available in 6 languages with examples of supplementary teaching and learning resources
- A pilot Delivery plan
- A pilot Report detailing the training of 70 VET Practitioners and 602 end users
- A quality assurance plan and project evaluation plan
- A quality assurance plan reports
- 3 formative and a final Evaluation Report
- A populated project website
- Project newsletters and a brochure (translated into all partner languages)
- An Exploitation Plan and competitor Analysis
- An Exploitation Report and Business Plan for each partner