Project Number DE/12/LLP-LdV/TOI/147535
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
TeamCoaching is a transnational contribution to the established VET systems, a new concept which meets the expectations of Europe 2020.
This up-to-date teaching concept aims at developing young unemployed peoples' key competencies and is an initial step towards integration.
Summary Six partners from Germany, Austria, Ireland, Poland, Spain and Italy cooperated for over two years in order to find an effective method to help young unemployed people. Therefore the tried-and-tested training concept of vhs Freyung-Grafenau has been transferred and adopted. The initial situation required a coaching methodology which supports young job seekers to acquire vocational key competencies, entrepreneurial thinking and social skills. The implementation of self-controlled learning conveys the necessary encouragement for the orientation in the labor market and strengthens their intrinsic motivation.
Nowadays occupational competencies, in particular social competencies and entrepreneurship are becoming increasingly important in addition to formal qualifications. It is undeniable that the mediation of key competencies is of minor significance in conventional education systems despite of urgent need for educational approaches which take key qualifications into account. Fact is that young people must enhance their abilities in order to enter the primary labor market or to boost/increase their chances for an apprenticeship position.
Thus TeamCoaching may serve as an adequate tool in the field of professional education and qualification to reduce youth unemployment.
program or curricula
It is a training concept focusing on acquisition of key competencies and general job-related knowledge and skills. Additional to specialized theoretical knowledge participants work half of the training time in teams with different tasks. These teams work in a company-like structure with departments, different operational functions and hierarchies.
In addition to the basic divisions Organization/Administration, Information/Research, Marketing/Assessment other teams like Human Resources Development, Controlling or Innovation Management may be built if necessary. The concept has been tested in the partners’ countries considering the different national settings/circumstances and a variation of target groups (from less qualified early school leavers up to students).
The following settings for the implementation of the concept had been successful.
In Germany: at a pre-project stage: unemployed young people under 25 years with completed vocational education.
In Austria: Marketing, Sales and Decoration; Gastronomy, Cooking and Service; IT, Job Search and Application.
In Italy: highly qualified students
In Poland: students who already work part-time
In Spain: older students up to 28 years; non-violent communication Training
In Ireland: undergraduate students (20-27)
The lessons learned and a guideline for the application of the methodology to different target groups is given in the handbook.