Title Interactive personal training and enhancement of employment competence - JOBTOOL
Project Number LDV-TOI-07-BG-166010
Product JobTool website
Title JobTool website
Product Type website
Marketing Text JobTool software product is all-time available on the Internet via a purpose-built multilingual web-site.
The online software product named JobTool functions in Internet environment and is accessible from every PC in Europe. The software is available through a multilingual website specially created for this purpose and on CD.
JobTool has two modules – one for unemployed (Jobseekers) and one for “Unemployment” officers (Consultants) as well as a real-time interview simulation for practical application of the acquired skills and knowledge.
The product was tested during the three-month test courses for jobseekers in Bulgaria, Austria, The Czech Republic and Slovenia. After the test courses were organized evaluation workshops in each country so that the feedback from the participants could be gathered.
There was also conducted an external evaluation from independent evaluator outside the project consortium.
The website was modified after the three-month courses and the evaluation workshops and also after the external evaluation reports. Corrections were made concerning the interactive exercises, the virtual interview and the content of the two Manuals.
In accordance with the external evaluation corrections to the structure and clearness of the website were introduced which included placing the LdV and LLP disclaimer. The website was made easier for reading and use by the target groups.
Both evaluations were essential for the development of the final version of the JobTool products.
The target groups of the project proposal can be divided in two large groups: hard to employ people and “Unemployment” officers.
The first target group includes several categories of unemployed people on the labour market of the partner countries: unemployed youth with low education and/or no vocational or professional qualification; unemployed over 45-years of age; inactive discouraged workers - people not in the labour force who want and are available for a job, but who are not currently looking because they believe there are no jobs available or there are none for which they would qualify; inactive displaced workers – people who lost or left jobs because their plant or company closed or moved, there was insufficient work for them to do, or their position or shift was abolished.
The second group includes people who work with unemployed in their normal workday life in the partner countries: labour office employees; municipal and state employees as well as trainers and mentors working with unemployed.
Currently, the unemployed from the target groups are facing different obstacles in front of their entrance or re-entrance on the labour market such as lack of suitable transitional skills (job search, interview and application skills); low self-esteem and awareness of the opportunities; lack of vocational training and/or work experience or too specific professional experience; no working method addressing their complex problems; etc. On the other hand, the “Unemployment” officers face weak participation of unemployed in training programmes, low level of efficiency and cost effectiveness of the conducted courses, low level of flexibility as the legislation fails to keep pace with the dynamic changes on the labour market. Therefore, as main need of the both target groups can be regarded the development of one more holistic, individualized and flexible approach and software tool for more successful inclusion of the listed above groups of unemployed on the labour market as well as for better and more efficient interaction of “Unemployment” officers with all unemployed in their normal workday life.
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