Title SALM – Skills and Labour Market to Raise Youth Employment
Project Number 527690-LLP-1-2012-1-PT-LEONARDO-LMP
Product PROGRESS REPORT
Title PROGRESS REPORT
Product Type others
Marketing Text This is a progress report of the SALM project. The SALM project investigates: (1) the new occupations in the senior tourism and social services sectors; (2) bridging the information gap (youth lack information concerning the job potential in these sectors); (3) tests on youth skills gap; (4) evidence on entrepreneurs’ needs and their recruitment/internship policies and other matching activities; (5) counselors’ needs and their role in introducing youth to jobs prospects in these sectors; and (6) evidence from pilot projects in order to check and improve the tools proposed in the project.
Soft skills, like communication, team work, bearing responsibility, time management, are considered key features which youth lack (UK). Moreover, specific skills that are considered essential requisites to work in the social care sector are equally missing, i.e. competences to deal with psychologically frail individuals; they would also lack the emotional competences to tackle high risk situations.
There is a mismatch issue in both youth’s lack of information and competences needed for the social sector and senior tourism jobs. Skills mismatches in SALM labour markets have been growing, with different origins such as:
• The composition of skills emerging from EU universities and training systems does not fully support a truly innovation-driven economy;
• Imperfect information and structural rigidities impair workers and businesses who aren’t provided with a balanced level of skills in the right areas, which damages competitiveness in particular of smaller enterprises;
• The educational and professional choices of young men and women are continually influenced by traditional gender distortions (for instance, in choices regarding STEM streams) which constitute one root cause of skills shortages, for example in technical occupations.
Target group Youth 15-24 years old; employment counsellors; social economy entrepreneurs; education and training leaders and labour and social policy makers.
Result Preparation of Pilot projects in Malta, Scotland, Portugal and Spain, namely, the toolkits to be used with employment counsellors, trainers, youth and entrepreneurs.
Area of application Better information to youth on future career prospects in senior tourism and social services - sectors with high potential of job growth due to ageing in Europe. Toolkits to identify skills need in these 2 sectors. Networking with social entreprises and potential youth entrepreneurship.
Product Languages English