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The project "PATH FOR CAREER" is the result of collaboration between seven partners from Romania, Spain, Italy, France, Malta and Great Britain. The idea of this project emerged from the need to find a solution that facilitates faster inclusion of graduates in the labor market.
The objective of the Europe 2020 strategy for the workforce is to ensure a 75% employment rate for people aged 20-64. Young graduates of higher education are a category where the employment rate in the graduated field should exceed 90%, taking into account the time and expenses for education. This has become a major problem in many EU countries due to the increase in the number of graduates and the increased competitiveness of the labor market.
A 2017 study by the British Higher Education Careers Service Unit shows a share of between 53% and 83% of the graduates find themselves 6 months after finishing their higher education working as salespersons, cashiers or waiters. And while the graduates believe that the degrees obtained in completing their studies are sufficient, recent studies show that employers are looking for skilled people but with excellent soft skills such as complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, human resource management, coordination skills, emotional intelligence skills, analysis and decision-making, negotiation, flexibility of thinking as well as and relevant professional internship experience.
To respond to these needs, project partners identified a solution to develop a custom-made training for high school graduates integrating 3 main topics:
This project aims to improve the competences of adult trainers from all partner organizations, addressing high school graduates looking for a job and employees who want to evolve in their careers and aims to harmonize their skills with employers' requirements. We aim to build skills that are not taught in school but are still essential to get a job and develop one`s career.
The need to train trainers through common learning and exchange of transnational good practices led to developing an adult training methodology for career management; development of soft skills and internship, dedicated to graduates. Each partner has experience on a particular segment of this theme. Following project preparation discussions, the partners have identified training topics for the JSTEs of the project in order to address these topics. These activities will meet the needs of all project partners. The target groups will be high-school graduates looking for a job and employees who are looking for a career change.
The project will achieve its aims through the following activities:
Transnational learning activities (Joint Staff Training Events)
The PATH FOR CAREER project is structured around 3 main parts.
The consortium is both transnational and cross-sectoral because the identified problem is common to all Europeans, and only through an exchange of best practices based on the experience of partners from several countries and different sectors can a solution contribute to increasing employability by harmonizing the competencies of the graduates with the employers' requirements.
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