EMPLOY: Design Your Future Employability

EMPLOY (2012-2014) is a European project funded by the Lifelong Learning LEONARDO programme and developed by 8 key partners from Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the UK.

The present economic situation and increased competition for jobs makes preparation more relevant than ever. The EMPLOY project is an imperative for students to EMPLOY their energy, skills and creativity positively to gain employment and for careers staff and trainers to EMPLOY innovative tools to help job seekers and young graduates reach their employment objectives! It is essential that VET and other graduates or jobseekers gain necessary personal and professional advantage to enter the job market.

EMPLOY focuses attention on preparing jobseekers and graduates to stand out from the rest by recognising and addressing the personal competences the modern worker needs in a changing work environment; the 21st century workplace or employer demands technical and procedural skills but the decisive factor when choosing an employee are the personal competences he/she brings to the job.

Using findings from existing research and the survey carried out in ITALY, the NETHERLANDS, POLAND, SPAIN, TURKEY and the UK as to the key competences universally required, the EMPLOY partners will create a Methodology based onDESIGN THINKING principles and LIFE Skills, adding creative activities to enable targets to plan, practice and present a confident and practical competence portfolio to future employers in their local area or overseas. A training workshop will be available for all training staff or agents who wish to implement the Methodology.

As a collateral part of the project, research will be carried out on the credit allocation systems in VET in each partner country. Attempts will be made to allocate EQF type credits to competences gained in the future project programme, further promoting the capacity of competing for jobs internationally.

Website: www.employ-project.com/

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