Title Better Employment Competencies through Individualized e-training
Project Number 2013-1-PL1-LEO05-37926
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The main aim of the project is to provide integrated support for the most disadvantaged groups of unemployed (in particular jobseekers under 25 years; over 45 years and people facing socioeconomic disadvantages). The project has developed an innovative training approach and respective materials and tools in order to increase motivation and self-awareness, create incentives for acquiring the new skills demanded on the labour market, improve job competencies and thus promote efficient reintegration of jobseekers into employment.
The global economy is in the middle of the worst financial and economic crisis of the past 50 years, leaving millions of unemployed people. Most affected by the consequences of the crisis remain the already disadvantaged groups – young people and older workers who face complex difficulties in their inclusion in training and reintegration to labour market. Their problems are linked with lack of self-confidence and persistence, lack of suitable job competencies, skills not matching labour market needs. There is a need for a more holistic, individualized and flexible approach in training addressing these complex problems of jobseekers in order to promote more successful inclusion in the labour market.
The main project objective was to transform innovative results of JobTool project to the new partners countries in the consortium. The secondary objectives was to develop an innovative training programme and respective materials and tools - interactive software with practical exercises and the following learning materials - Handbook for Jobseekers and Guide for trainers of Jobseekers. All initial project results were achieved successfully.
JobAssist was developed in close cooperation of 6 partners from 6 countries. The partnership includes the project promoter - AVSI Polska (PL); the initial project initiator - ECQ Ltd.(BG); a SME service provider and training center for unemployed Promimpresa (IT); an enterprise network specialised in training and work with unemployed FADE(ES), project support and competencies development institute - pro-Competence(DE) and an socially disadvantaged people training and rehabilitation center - STN (IS).
As a result of project implementation the JobAssist innovative tool was developed comprising: a Handbook for Jobseekers, a Guide for Trainers of Jobseekers and interactive software with practical exercises. The JobAssist tool was elaborated as an integrated solution, combining the process of counseling, training and job-seeking in a single approach incorporating presence learning with selected features of e-learning.
The impact of the project is closely related to the features of the JobAssist tool as a "moderator" for the target groups to transfer their skills and competencies into the new jobs on the labour market. It will reduce the gap between individual skills and skills required by the labour market, contribute to better integration into employment and commitment to lifelong learning.
The activities under the project have been executed in accordance with the preliminary developed work programme. During the project lifetime a total of five project meetings have taken place – in Germany (January 2014), in Iceland (July 2014), in Spain (January 2014), in Italy (July 2015) and in Poland (December 2015). The fifth project meeting was combined with the JobAssist final conference and took place in December 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. All partners were presented and contributed to the project meetings. Between the meetings there has been lively communication between the partners through e-mails, skype and telephone. The two major activities that have taken place in the first year of the project include analysis and on the new skills needed and development of the pilot version of the innovative training tool. For the conduction of the needs analysis focus groups were organized in each partner country.
Pro-competence has developed a questionnaire and agenda for conduction of the focus group sessions in each of the partner countries. All partners have been responsible to conduct focus group session or individual interviews with stakeholders from the assigned sectors namely Social sector, Administration and Business services in their countries. The most demanded skills and competencies were defined. Information was gathered from labour offices, social and economic partners, training centers, centers for young and older unemployed people. All findings were summarised and presented at a Report on Required new skills in Services sectors. In addition, a Paper outlining 10 most demanded skills in Services sectors was developed. The second main activity during this period was focused on the adaptation and further development of the JobAssist handbook and manual, upgrade and development of JobAssist products by adding new exercises and reviewing the old ones. The development of the pilot version of the innovative tool was led by AVSI Polska. On a template provided by AVSI Polska all partners had to provide their short suggestions for review and amendment on the JobTool materials. AVSI has summarized the inputs received from partners in document called Report for amendment of JobTool. ECQ has worked on the visual identity of the project including logo, web site, leaflets, presentations, and also was in charge with the design and programmed the project website. During the whole project cycle all partners promoted the JobAssist project via different channels - on their organizations’ websites, disseminate information about project aims and outcomes on the international meetings for other projects, project leaflets were printed in all partners’ languages and disseminated on different events and places.
As for the project evaluation partners have cooperated as much as possible with the work package leader - FADE, providing all the requested information, in order to allow timely monitoring and assessing of project progress and results quality.
During the second year of the project the main activities were focused on the preparation and conduction of the pilot testing of the developed JobAssist training materials, by organizing and assessing a training course involving unemployed people in each partner country, without DE. The pilot tests were very important stage of the project because of the collection of feed-back and all improvement suggestion in order to prepare the refinement and finalization of the JobAssist materials. For the proper conduction of the pilot tests all materials developed initially in English (Handbook for Unemployed and the Guide for Trainers of Unemployed) were translated into the national languages of the partners.
A very detailed planning of the pilot testing phase and all supporting documents were done by the WP leader – STN with the support of ECQ. In the beginning of this WP, a training of the trainers was conducted by ECQ in order to guarantee the successful conduction of the pilot tests. The training of the trainers took place in April 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Each partner (without DE) has sent 2 trainers to the 3-days training in Bulgaria. The trainers involved all had relevant professional experience and qualification in work and training of unemployed. They were trained in how to use JobAssist materials and how to train the unemployed according to the project methodology. Between June 2015 and September 2016 all pilot seminars and evaluation workshops were conducted in the partner countries. The findings of the pilot implementation and the evaluation workshop were summarized by each partner for finalization of the JobAssist materials in September 2015 in national reports summarizing the main suggestions for improvement. As a result of this phase the WP leader – promimpresa srl., has developed a comprehensive list of all necessary improvements to be made in order to finalize the JobAssist products. The project website was updated and all training materials as well as interactive software with interactive practical exercises; interactive tools for self-assessment were finalized. After the pilot testing, a dissemination campaign was implemented in each partner country, in order to raised awareness of the JobAssist project and the final products. Small scale media campaigns through publications in national or regional newspapers, specialized editions and web-sites were organized by each partner. The promotional campaigns included also one big Valorization conference in Bulgaria on 26th Nov, 2015, 4 small scale conferences organized in Germany, Italy, Spain and Iceland and the Final project conference. The Final project conference itself was a presentation to all stakeholders and interested parties by all partners of the project consortium on what has been made and achieved during the JobAssist project and how it will benefit stakeholders and as well as future plans for the sustainability of the project. The Final project event was host and organized by the project applicant organization - AVSI Polska on 3th Dec, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. The event was visited by a total of 68 participants and also journalists were invited to cover the activities during the event. All project partners attended to the project final conference. As dissemination means partners used the promotional materials produced by the project and also their some other channels such as their organizations’ web pages or Facebook pages, Newsletters, Mailing lists, etc.
In addition all final products of JobAssist project are available in English, Bulgarian, Italian, Spanish, Icelandic, Polish and German. They can be access on the project website: www.jobassist.eu.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Information and Communication
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Product information As a result of project implementation the JobAssist innovative tool was developed comprising: a Handbook for Jobseekers, a Guide for Trainers of Jobseekers and interactive software with practical exercises. The JobAssist tool was elaborated as an integrated solution, combining the process of counseling, training and job-seeking in a single approach incorporating presence learning with selected features of e-learning. The intangible outcomes of the project incorporate: raising self-awareness of disadvantaged groups of unemployed, increasing their motivation and creating incentives for acquiring new skills, enhancing their job-finding capacities and facilitating better interaction between unemployed and social workers.