Change of Plans

Learning mobility is widely considered a key contributor to the enhancement of employability of young people through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes that are not purely occupational but that, as stated by the EC, is “fundamental to success in life”. 

With these words we opened our SkillsACt4Vet project.

It is an important statement, for us as professional and citizens.

The Coronavirus outbreak imposed an unexpected and total rethinking of our personal and professional lives.

Only a few weeks before the lockdown in Italy, the first in Europe, we were travelling across countries, planning more travels and meetings, and could not imagine which scenarios were waiting for us.

An exceptional response was required to an exceptional situation: our routine has been completely transformed, and so did our project activities.

SkillsAct4VET development did not stop, but our working plan suffered an inevitable delay.

All the partners had to adapt to new working conditions, online meetings could compensate the presential meeting foreseen in Bologna at the end of March, and the general coordination has been possible thanks to the contribution of all the project managers.

Still, a temporary stop in our activities and the restrictions to people mobility without deadline requested us to rethink the delivery of project actions.

We are designing a general working plan reformulation, considering the needs of all the partners involved.

The uncertainty about new outbreaks of the virus risk to affect again the working flow; still, we are ready to retake our job with unchanged enthusiasm.

This challenging situation proved us the importance of committed partners, as key to reach successful results.

We are deeply thankful to our colleagues in this project.

Stay tuned for new project development.

 

Giulia Scavone, SkillsAct4VET Coordinator

 

First Survey Results presented

A Skills Act for Vet project meeting was held on March 30th, 2020. The meeting, which had previously been planned in Bologna, was held online due to the coronavirus lockdown. The main aim was the analysis of the results of the survey created by Elidea, which involved students, teachers and various companies.

The primary purpose of this survey was to determine which soft skills are most important in internships. So far, 705 students, 226 teachers and 70 companies have responded to the questionnaires.

You can read the full article about the meeting here, as published on the ADi website.

You may leaf through the complete questionnaire results, as presented, in this website’s Research page.

It’s time to re-act. Together!

I’m Giuliana Tumia, Junior Work Placement Officer in the Spanish agency Tribeka Training Lab, located in Málaga.

As a part of the staff involved in different European projects and programs, in my daily routine, I see a lot of Cvs from our VET students, I am constantly in contact with companies and tutors to monitor internships and to find the most suitable work placements, matching each student with the local businesses. But today is not part of my daily routine, today I’m writing from my home in Spain, on my fifth day of forced quarantine. Today I need to write to you as Giuliana, with your same doubts, fears about our present and, obviously, our future.

I used to act in a world without borders, in continuous social interaction, meeting people from all Europe: there was no limit to our opportunities to travel, move, interact.

Now we are forced to stay at home to protect our health and, at the same time, everybody’s health. Our actions are stuck in a moment and we don’t know until when it will last. This constant uncertainty and the impossibility to move to make us feeling lost, powerless and fragile.

Human feelings that – believe me – everybody, beyond any social context, nationality or personal situation, are living. You are not alone, you are not the only one.

This is the first step to go on through this black tunnel, the most difficult but also the most important step we have to do.

For the first time for my generation, we are all in the same situation and it is the first time I see so much desire to share, help and “hug” humanity. It is like a big lesson of empathy but this time is easier to feel it because we are exactly in the same human situation of everybody.

Closed in our home walls we are understanding the real meaning of social cohesion, of cooperation and sense of initiative. We are discovering our talents, we are testing our creativity, we are making us more responsible of our life and of others’ life.

We are watching things from a different perspective and we are enjoying our free time as an incredible opportunity to change us, to develop new ideas, to inspire ourselves to be less selfish and more human.

We are using social networks to share, to tell and not only to show: we are discovering their good side. We are not here to show that we are the winners, the best ones, we are here to feel that all together we can win.

To our participants in the Youthcoops project, I want to say that this is your time to feel this sense of community, this need of helping and try to study and develop new ideas to give your social contribution.

To all the students, teachers and tutors we met in the last years, specially all those who helped us with Skills act 4 Vet survey, I need to say to re- think in your experiences to improve and work on your abilities, share your experience with your schoolmates and future participants.

To our students and schools, Thank you to believe in us, to desire coming back soon when everything will be ok, don’t forget how lucky we are to share these opportunities.

To our companies, I want to thank you for what we did together until now, I want to give to you my support for your present situation, knowing everything will be all right and we will be stronger than before.

To everybody, I want to say that right now we can’t act because it’s time to RE-ACT.

Together.

Research Activity in situ

The kick-off meeting also gave everyone the chance to personally meet colleagues from all over Europe and to strengthen the inspiration for this ambitious project.

A group of Italian students and teachers, carrying out their short term mobility in Málaga in that period, was invited to the kick-off meeting in order to share their feelings about the experience and offer a fresh vision on the new ‘Erasmus generation’, giving faces and voices to the hundreds of students that we are going to interview for the massive research that will result in the first output of the project.

And maybe the meeting with the students is what we will most remember after the departure. As teachers, as trainers, as analysts, it is important not to lose sight of what lies behind numbers. This is a powerful motivation that we all share and that will strongly contribute to the final aim of the project, that is to have a direct impact on students awareness, amplifying the effect of the “strongest experience of my life”, which is often the case for 17-year-old European students participating in their first Erasmus experience.

In conclusion, the experience of the kick-off meeting in Malaga has combined different experiences merging in an interesting common path that will result in the creation of a deep sense of professional identity for those who will use the tools produced from the project.