Youth employment is a main concern and achieving it a main goal within the European Union. Studies and activities towards vocational and professional planning, guidance that is innovative and individually designed, has strongly been highlighted in 2020 Strategic Plan of Europe. Our project aims at creating opportunities for our students to get into a more intensive contact with the job market and its perspectives, demands and possibilities. This is done under the premise of a close cooperation between our schools, companies and enterprises and other educational institutions, for example on a tertiary level like colleges and universities. The variety of countries represented by our partner schools from Germany, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Croatia allows an approach based on a comparison of regions and within a European context. The main questions we’re going to focus on are such as:
- What are our student’s goals and preferences for their professional and vocational future?
- Which jobs and positions would they like to get?
- What problems and obstacles do they see on their way towards these jobs?
And, on the other hand:
- Which requirements are there from the side of possible employers?
- Which demands are uttered by educational institutions like colleges and universities?
- What claims arise from the digital revolution?
- What kind of jobs will be offered?
- What problems and chances are seen in the qualification and the conveyance of competences to future graduates and employees?
Here, a special focus will be laid on the development of digital competences. And on the integration of the demands for our students into our schools’ instructions. Another focus will be on students with a low qualification standard, especially refugees as a connection to our former Erasmus project “EUIntegrate”. The actual project work will be divided into different steps:
Research and information (Project Year 1):
Student teams of each partner school – coached by teachers – will research and create tools like
– A questionnaire for students, employers and educational institutions like universities
– Interviews with employers, university professors / scientists, career guides, etc.
– A data base with useful internet sites, contacts, etc.
Analysis / Comparison (Project Year 2):
– Realization and evaluation of the questionnaire
– Comparison of the results at the five different partner schools
– Implementation of the results by organizing workshops, creating a career guideline (by the students), etc.
As far as possible our working process is supposed to be in digital form. Thus, the communication and publishing is planned on servers with social and interactive tools. Our goal is the use of the eTwinning platform, Moodle and MEBIS are another option. This will be done in combination with “familiar” apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype etc. Last but not least our project stresses the face-to-face interaction on a European level, e.g. during project meetings. In the end we expect to create a strong feeling that Europe is a place to cooperate. After all, also a job market needs something bigger than friendships on Facebook.