Transversal Skills Activation for Vet Mobility Experiences : creating the project products

After one year from the kick off meeting of the project, that took place exactly 1 year ago in Malaga, our work on Skills Act for Vet project  is going on in a word that appears completely different! Despite the difficulties due to COVID 19 , that are affecting mobility projects and the Educative system in Europe, the main goals behind ‘SkillsAct4Vet’ project appears more pertinent that ever.

The project team is busy building the project products, that will be used to optimize soft skills activation in young interns during shor terms mobility abroad.

We’ll provide a brief overview of the tools that the project team is creating and we’ll ask our teachers for help in testing a student questionnaire which is part of one of the products.

The project group completed the extensive exploratory research in March 2020 (details at the following link http://adiscuola.it/the-results-of-the-survey-transversal-skills-activation-for-vet-mobility-experiences/ ).  Based on the investigation results, five competences emerged as the most important ones  for employability : 

1) CONTEXT READING and ADAPTABILITY : It is the ability to act properly in both new and known contexts, adapting to their specific characteristics and recognizing the values, beliefs, resources and limits of the environment and people. It is also the ability to recognize one’s own and others’ role expectations. In multicultural contexts, this capacity implies the linguistic-communicative adaptation to specific environment;

2) SELF CONFIDENCE : recognizing one’s strengths and weaknesses;

3) FOLLOWERSHIP: Supporting one’s own referent/superior and co-workers at the workplace and showing collaboration, trust in the group’s members and cohesion capabilities;

4) CULTURAL AWARENESS : Respecting and being aware of cultural differences and working effectively with people from a range of different social and cultural backgrounds;

5) PROACTIVITY: Acting in advance of a future situation, rather than just reacting to it.

The project team described each skill using a set of behavioral indicators to complete the identification tool, then the project group chose the three most relevant behavioral indicators for each competence.
This set of 5  competencies and  15 behavioral indicators formed the basis for developing the following products:

  • The Skills Act 4 VET Modular Training Programme for Teachers: the project team is currently creating module one ( the module “before the mobility”). In module one teachers will find information, bibliography and activities about each of the five competences. Teachers  will use the materials to activate  and discuss the competences before the mobility.
  • Self assessment and evaluation tools:
  • map of tasks at work: the project groups is using the set of behavioral indicators describing each of the selected competences to create a questionnaire linked to the job duties. Both students and internship tutors will answer the same questionnaires, students will be able to compare their self assessment with their tutor evaluation. The map of tasks at work will therefore serve as a self-assessment tool during the mobility. Students will use it , in itinere , as a track on how to optimize the mobility experience itself.
  • App: Students will answer another questionnaire using the app, this questionnaire will be drawn up by a team of psychologists. This questionnaire will have scientific value and will complement the task map at work. Students will use this tool to measure their degree of activation of skills achieved during the mobility experience and their level of awareness. The results of the questionnaires will represent a basis for discussions and reflections.
  • the app questionnaire needs to be tested to evaluate its degree of comprehensibility and adequacy. For this purpose we need your help, please test the questionnaire with your students. Below you can find links to the tests. The questions are the same, however one questionnaire is in English while the other one is in Italian. The questionnaires are online, they are aimed at students who have completed an internship abroad and they are very short.

Thank you so much for your help!!

link to Italian test: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwtgNY97osT0_m3m5ICrngzn495wCE6TbTl-BIZYZV1pQqFw/viewform?usp=sf_link

link to English test: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeddyj6F66gC0jHcD2M7Ju3hzKAEdLwym_FAm3-i8jk2Zs8Wg/viewform?usp=sf_link

SkillsAct – Meeting

SkillsAct 4 Vet consortium met yesterday on line for a follow up project meeting.

We all are missing meeting in person, the synergy that direct contact generates, but while the Covid pandemic do not allow us to safely travel, we are doing a great job and taking the most from our virtual meetings.

Yesterday our colleagues from @Militos, @Elidea and @Tribeka showed the draft and the structure for the outputs that will be developed in the next months.

It rends us such satisfaction to see the ideas behind our project taking shape, in form of content structure, survey draft or testing version.

Erasmus has been a turning point in the lives of millions of young European during the last 30 years, and has helped to improve our lives.

At the moment mobility project are temporarily stopped, but soon we will see again students moving around Europe.

Tomorrow more than yesterday Soft skills will be key for their personal and professional development.

Working on the 5 identified soft skills, as trainers and professionals in the field of education, we aim to potentiate skills activation and to guide young people through a positive and serene reflection about their behaviours and awareness during short terms mobilities.

Soon we will start testing our outputs. Stay tuned!

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.

Kick-off Meeting!

Transversal skills activation for Vet Mobility experience or, SkillsAct4Vet is an ambitious Erasmus+ Project, financed under the Key Action 202.

The expected impact is focused on VET students and teachers taking part in short terms mobility projects, the field of expertise of the project coordinator, Tribeka training lab.

The kick-off meeting was hosted in the beautiful setting of Malaga, where Tribeka hosts every year around 1 thousand students and hundreds of teachers, cooperating with local companies where many young intern experiences what often is their very first work experience.

The intense days spent together have given all the partners the chance to know each other in person, to enter in details into the working programme and to clarify main responsibilities and deadlines.

The meeting enabled the partnership to outline a macro-perspective to the project: it will deal with the improvement of students’ soft skills during short-term mobility with the aim of analysing the skills that students can reinforce and develop. Another objective of the project, widely discussed during the kick-off meeting, will be to adapt existing tools or develop new tools that can increase students’ awareness of the mastery of these soft skills, in order to define methodologies that can be used throughout Europe in different schools, training centres and companies.

After the meeting, a punctual and periodic exchange of e-mails and documents followed, together with the launch of the dissemination plan, the official logo and web page creation. Each partner will contribute to the project according to its internal skills and enhancing the synergy created in Malaga thanks to the joint project work, in order to transform the aforementioned objectives into tangible results summarised in a framework that identifies and describes soft skills, an app for the evaluation of these soft skills in a self-awareness process for the students and finally a training course for teachers composed by different modules.