Title Knowing interests - showing skills
Project Number DE/13/LLP-LdV/TOI/147622
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Knowing one's own interests and skills is the precondition for choosing the right job or the right training. But often people – and especially young people - do not know what their strengths are. Also it is a fact that people learn mostly in informal environments like family and through coping with challenges of the world. With the tool ProfilPASS people discover their hidden competences and skills. In this project we adapted the German tool ProfilPASS to the needs of the participating countries and tested it with young adults.
In 2011, around 55% of early leavers from education and training were jobless (Cedefop 2012). Research has shown that there are multiple reasons for early leaving. 30% found that the training appeared different to what they have thought or that the vocation is not matching their competences. This is due to the fact that people often do not fully know their skills and competences. School is merely focused on formal competences, informal competences do not play a big role but are as well important in the world of work. All in all (young) people do not feel very well prepared for choosing the right vocational training and right vocation,
a) due to a lack of knowledge about their own strengths and competences and
b) due to a lack of a resource-oriented guidance that is taking into account all their competences
To avoid dropping out and dropping out for a second time we implemented the German tool ProfilPASS (PP) that a) makes competences visible and b) delivers professional guidance in order to find the right training/job.
PP takes into account all the competences of the individual, no matter where they have been acquired. It therefore recognises prior learning. So far such a system did not existed in the partner countries. The main aims were:
-Translation of the PP in partner languages and adaption to their national needs
-Adaption of the PP train-the-trainer concept and applying it by training future PP counsellors from Spain, Ireland, Slovenia and France
-Trained PP counsellors apply the adapted PP tool in the countries France, Spain, Slovenia and Ireland
-Disseminated the results (PP tool and guidance concept) in the partner countries by including stakeholders
-Established a system (PP tool and PP guidance system) that applied by educational providers, schools or guidance centres beyond the lifetime of the project
The outcomes of the project were:
- a localised guidance tool that is based on the German PP that focus especially on informally acquired competences
- a PP train-the-trainer concept in all partner languages to train future PP counsellors beyond the lifetime of the project
- experienced counsellors in the partner countries who use the tool in their guidance and counselling work
- (young) people who benefit from the PP counselling based on the tool PP
Because the PP has the potential to be a tool to recognise informal or prior learning it is also a useful tool for the validation of informal learning outcomes and was used by the partner countries in their validation processes.
The consortium consisted of seven organisations from five countries. The DIE has developed the PP and was open to the idea to adapt the tool to other countries. The background of the organisations was varied covering both the public and private sector including two training providers from trade unions. Some had a wide range of experiences in international cooperation, others were new in the field.
Access for disadvantaged
Utilization and distribution of results
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
The ProfilPASS was developed, tested and evaluated in Germany by three organizations: The German Institute for Adult Education (DIE), the Institut fuer Entwicklungsplanung und Strukturforschung and German Institute for International Educational Research. Since 2006 more than 120.000 tools have been sold in Germany. Since 2012 the tool is also available in an online version. The ProfilPASS is based on the idea that each person has developed competences in her or his life that are the basis of their acting in everyday life. Also it is based on the fact that people learn mostly in informal environments like family and through coping with challenges of the world. The fact that all human beings have competences and that all competences are valuable regardless where they have been acquired is an important underlying idea of the ProfilPASS.
During the project we adapted the tool to the needs of the partner organisations.
Projecthomepage www.profilpass.eu, www.profilpass.de