Title Job Matching Diagnostics for Assessing Soft Skills and Work Role Preferences
Project Number UK/11/LLP-LdV/TOI-472
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The project has tested, transferred and piloted an innovative diagnostic tool that self assesses the 'soft' skills of individuals, along with the requirements of employers. This web-enabled tool uses these outputs, together with hard skill requirements, to match individuals to an employer's job vacancy.
It is well documented that greater cooperation is needed between employers & VET providers in order to provide a more relevant supply of skills to, & within, the labour market. There is also clear evidence to suggest a gap between the VET curricula & labour market needs with regard to ‘soft skill’ requirements. The challenge & therefore the rationale for this project is to address both demand side needs (employers) & supply side needs (VET providers & adults at risk in, or excluded from, the labour market) in terms of soft skills. It is customary to assess & develop the vocational skills of learners. However insufficient attention is paid to the soft skills that employers state are critical in gaining/retaining work. This assertion is substantiated by evidence of the limited range of mechanisms used in VET to diagnose & match soft skills to labour market needs.
The project aims to address these problems in 8 EU states by:
Adapting & transferring an innovative diagnostic tool that integrates the assessment of adults’ soft skills, learning & work style preferences, then matches these to employers’ work opportunities
Testing the validity of the diagnostic, its wider application & opportunities for exploitation
Raising the understanding in VET of the importance of soft skills in employers’ recruitment & development decisions
Improving the employability of adults in the target groups by developing greater awareness of their soft skills, learning & work style preferences
Informing improved training, recruitment & career progression for our target groups
Our Consortium has been specifically chosen to provide a balance from across the VET/employer divide. We are seeking to draw supply side & demand side partners together to bring their differing perspectives to bear on improving VET programmes to better meet employer requirements. Our partners will provide the opportunity to test the efficacy of the diagnostic tool in a real world environment with both adults & employers, so providing empirical evidence of its value.
The project will:
Be a test-bed for the existing web based job-matching diagnostic, leading to an enhanced product with transnational application
Result in a greater understanding of the importance of soft skills in employers’ recruitment decisions & whether this varies from country to country
Provide findings to inform the nature and extent of soft skills in VET programmes
Provide new insights into the extent to which different soft skills are valued by employers in different EU countries
Test the transferability of the diagnostic tool & job-matching to other countries & labour markets
The main impact will be enhanced VET provision for employability & workforce development that is more responsive to the needs of employers & adults in the target groups. Impact will be achieved through a greater understanding of soft skills & work preferences articulated & interpreted via an innovative diagnostic tool available in 8 EU languages.
Project Description: www.diass-project.eu
The Work Programme
The Work Plan comprises 8 work packages, each with identified tasks, timelines, resource and budget allocations. The lead partner for each work package has been chosen for their considerable expertise in the designated area and will take responsibility for the plan, deliverables, results & valorisation. Each work package is divided into manageable stages with tasks fully described & allocated according to the skills sets of individuals within different organisations.
Work packages have been designed and developed to ensure maximum collaboration between all partners, particularly with respect to needs analyses, product adaptation & translation, transfer and development. In the case product transfer (at the core of our proposal) the Work Packages are phased into distinct but overlapping phases. This is demonstrated in the design of WP2 & 4. Others – Project Management, Evaluation, Quality Assurance & Valorisation - underpin successful project delivery, with activities planned from project inception through to completion.
Work Package 1 - Project and Partnership Management
The aim is to ensure the effective, efficient and smooth running of the project in order that it achieves its objectives. This will involve the adoption of agreed processes and procedures, the establishment of communication protocols with partners, the implementation of systematic monitoring and control mechanisms and a process of continuous evaluation.
Work Package 2 - Adaptation and Transfer
The aim of this Work Package is to ensure that the processes and systems involved utilising the DAISS Assessment and Job Matching tool are effectively enhanced and adapted to meet the specific needs of employers, VET providers and the target adult groups in each of the partner states.
Work Package 3 - Employer Engagement
The aim is to address employers' needs for a successful workforce that is competent and confident to deliver business objectives. Partners will work with local employers in order to assist them in recruitment and workforce development processes. They will also seek to assist employers to articulate their soft skills needs in both recruitment and workforce development planning effective communication channels between employers and VET Providers
Work Package 4 - Piloting, Testing and Refinement
The aim is to observe target groups using the product to discover any errors and areas for improvement. The results of the UK beta testing will be used as a baseline in terms of usability and the subsequent pilots will be compared to this and indicate any areas for further improvement/refinement. The aim is also to compare and contrast different perceptions/reactions across the partnership and measure the extent to which each pilot study meets the defined objectives in the Delivery Plan.
Work Package 5 - Quality Assurance
The aim of the Quality Assurance work package is to provide an objective focus on the effectiveness and efficiency of the project’s performance. Our rigorous quality assurance plan will set clear objectives, defined tasks and activities, and key performance indicators (KPIs) and, by encompassing project management, will ensure that the results of the project are achieved on time and to budget.
WP6 will be closely integrated with WP7: Evaluation
Work Package 6 – Evaluation
Project Evaluation will be an iterative process. The Evaluation Plan will be applied to all areas of activity. The formative reports will draw on contributions from all project partners, target groups & key stakeholders, with disparate strands synthesised, analysed & evaluated against the projects aims, objectives, outcomes & impacts in Interim & Summative Reports.
Work Packages 7 & 8 - Valorisation
Dissemination & Exploitation are pivotal to the success of the project. Our methodology & associated activities will be carried out with a view to optimising the value of the project not only in each of the partner countries but beyond these boundaries. Deriving from EU best practice, our valorisation model aims to transfer the Product/Processes to new contexts & client groups, & to integrate or embed them in a sustainable manner into employability, workplace learning & VET provision.
Since the project began in October 2011 the project team has worked hard to achieve all deliverables on time and within budget. A number of important results have been achieved including primary and secondary research conducted in each partner country amongst the target groups - VET Trainers, adult job seekers and employers. The results of these surveys were collated by the WP lead and presented at International meeting in Sofia The diagnostic platform has been further developed taking into account the results of the Needs Analyses and to integrate the job matching element. The diagnostic has also been translated and is now available for use in 7 EU languages. Following Pilots 1 & 2 modifications and refinements were made to the product in response to recommendationas
In all there have been 6 transnational meetings with the last 2 focusing on dissemination and exploitation. At least 4 of the partners are continuing to use the Diagnostic as part of their service offer to learners/clients. Owing to a strong and committed partnership the project has significantly exceeded its targets in terms of participating beneficiaries. DAISS also leaves a strong legacy even having attracted further funding for development in some partner countries.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Other Service Activities
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Information and Communication
Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
Mining and Quarrying
description of new occupation profiles
The project has produced the following results:
A Project Plan agreed by all partners
A Project report with Executive summary
An Adaptation and Transfer Plan
Train the Trainer manuals
Diagnostic and job matching tool available in 7 languages.
A Quality Assurance report
Formative and summative evaluation reports
Events/workshops and conferences promoting DAISS in all partner countries
promotional/informative website pages
8 linked websites localised in 7 languages
Exploitation Report and Business Plan
In excess of 30 trainers in VET institutions trained in the use of the diagnostic and job matching tool
In excess of 400 adults in the target groups completing piloting of self awareness diagnostic
80 SME employers engaged and participating in product testing
Pilot test report and recommendations
Quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and interpretation.
Impact Assessment Report