Title Individualized Training in Acquiring New Skills and Raising Employment Competences
Project Number UK/11/LLP-LdV/TOI-425
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The main aim of the project is to provide integrated support tailored for the most disadvantaged groups of unemployed in the context of global economic crisis (in particular unemployed <25; >45, migrants, their children, people in facing socioeconomic disadvantages) through development of an innovative integrated training tool 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.
Reason for the project: The global economy is in the midst 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, older workers, migrants (migrants families), 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 aim of the project is to provide integrated support tailored for the most disadvantaged groups of unemployed in the context of global economic crisis (in particular unemployed <25; >45, migrants, their children, people in facing socioeconomic disadvantages) through development of an innovative integrated training tool 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.
INSIGHT will be developed in close cooperation of 7 partners from 7 countries. The partnership includes the project promoter - EuroPA (UK); the initial project initiator and current coordinator - ECQ Ltd. (Bulgaria); a local development and training association - IEBA (Portugal); a university specialised in designing training courses - ISEP (France); a university specialised in practical training and motivation - VIKO (Lithuania); a foundation working with unemployed and uneducated people - MSS (Iceland) and a professional organization for guidance and events management - HTI Kft. (Hungary).
As a result of project implementation the INSIGHT innovative tool will be developed comprising: a Handbook for Unemployed, a Guide for Trainers of unemployed and Interactive software. The INSIGHT tool will be 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.
The impact of the project is closely related to the features of the INSIGHT tool as a "medium" 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. Until the present moment three project meetings have taken place – in Bulgaria (November 2011), in Lithuania (April 2012) and in Portugal (October 2012). 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 tool. For the conduction of the needs analysis focus groups were organized. VIKO has developed the methodology 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 Business, Administration and Social work 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 unemployed people. Content analysis technique was used in analyzing the answers obtained in the interviews. Contents were categorized accordingly to its similarity and each content category was associated to a type of competence: professional, personal, and linguistic or ICT (information communication technologies). All findings were presented at the second project meeting. The second main activity during this period was focused on the adaptation and further development of the INSIGHT handbook and manual, upgrade and development of INSIGHT products by adding additional chapters and reviewing the previous ones. The development of the pilot version of the innovative tool was led by IEBA. On a template provided by IEBA all partners had to provide their short country reports (up to 10 pages), including overview of the legal background in their countries and a review on the JobTool handbook. IEBA has summarized the inputs received from partners in a table and discussed it with all partners in the 3rd partnership meeting, where all partners provided comments in order to reach the pilot version of the innovative tool. ECQ has worked on the visual identity of the project including logo, web site, leaflets, presentations, while ISEP has designed and programmed the project website. Határtalanul Iroda Kft. has drafted the Dissemination Strategy and Plan for the project and was finalized with the cooperation and evaluation of ECQ. Partners promoted the INSIGHT project on their organizations’ websites, also disseminated information about project aims and future outcomes on the international meetings for other projects, and project leaflets were printed and disseminated on different events.
As for the internal quality assurance partners have cooperated as much as possible with the work package leader, providing all the requested information, in order to allow timely monitoring and assessing of project progress and results quality.
The main task ahead of the partners is the preparation of the pilot testing and conducting the pilot tests of the developed INSIGHT Kit, by organizing and assessing a training course involving unemployed people. It is very important to collect feed-back and all possible improvement suggestion in order to prepare the refinement and finalization of this tool. For the proper conduction of the pilot tests all materials at present available only in English (Handbook for Unemployed and the Guide for Trainers of Unemployed) will be translated into the national languages of the partners. The translation of the materials will be done in parallel with the identifying of suitable representatives of the target groups who to take part in the pilot testing. A very detailed planning of the pilot testing phase has been done already. The methodology to be used has been discussed within the partnership and within the individual organizations. All pilot seminars and evaluation workshops will be conducted simultaneously in the partner countries. The findings of the pilot implementation and the evaluation workshop will be summarized for finalization of the INSIGHT materials in April 2013 in national reports summarizing the main suggestions for improvement. Two types of reports will be requested from each partner conducting the piloting: qualitative report based on the organization’s observations and user evaluation report based on a detailed questionnaire. As a result of this phase a comprehensive list of all necessary improvements will be made in order to finalize the INSIGHT products. The website will be updated and all training materials as well as interactive software with interactive practical exercises, interactive tools for self-assessment and a forum will be finalized. Along with the testing, a dissemination campaign will be implemented, in order to provide visibility to the project and its results. Partners will concentrate on more intensive dissemination activity in the second phase of the project as then they will have results available already at hands. As dissemination means partners will use 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 order to increase the visibility among target groups: unemployed, trainers and other stakeholders. Each Partner will organise a promotional campaign in its country including a conference and dissemination of the project outcomes. EuroPA will organise the final event under the project dissemination – a Valorisation conference in the United Kingdom. All Partners will attend to this conference and the project final outcomes the INSIGHT training materials, the web site, Guides and DVD will be presented to the general public.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Information and Communication
audio or video cassettes
material for open learning
open and distance learning
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
Product information As a result of project implementation the INSIGHT innovative tool will be developed comprising: a Handbook for Unemployed, a Guide for Trainers of unemployed and Interactive software. The INSIGHT tool will be 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.