Support opportunities for training skills

Programme and action: Erasmus+ KA1 Mobility of youth workers

Dates: 23.08.2015 - 01.09.2015

Venue: Montecatini Terme, Italy

Number of participants: 30

Participating countries: Croatia, Estonia,Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

Project description: Support Opportunities For Training Skills ‐ is an activity which brought together 27 participants from 9 European countries. The training was held in Montecatini Terme, Italy for 8 working days. Participants background was: Youth workers, project managers, activists, volunteers who are engaged and active in each partner organization. We have agreed with our partners that participants should be activists, youth workers who have some experience in youth work willing to multiply the knowledge they get with other young people with fewer opportunities in local community. CSCS is a vocational training provider, active in the field of research on labour market and pedagogic innovation, as well as in the promotion of transnational cooperation on technical education and training. Based in our successful experience in the field of labour market and training in cooperation with our European partners we thought to organize this training course in order to train youth workers to develop concrete practices to help employability skills for youngsters with disadvantage they work with. Beside mentioned above the project aims to explore different concepts such as: employability of young people, inclusion, young people with fewer opportunities, soft skills, deepen the meaning of empowerment of youngsters with fewer opportunities and how it is searched in various sectors of life (economy, politics, education and health). A considerable space will be dedicated to share best practices which were implemented in the past from partner organisations and work in fostering partnership for the future with partner organizations. Building up strategies for dissemination of results of the project and follow up activities in local communities to put in practice what was learnt during the training was important part of programme as well.

Objectives:
‐ To contribute to youth worker’s social and professional growth by offering knowledge and practical tools for developing soft skills and transfer them to target group they are working in each organizations
‐ To explore the concepts of social inclusion, employment, soft skills, youngsters with fewer opportunities and share best practices among youth workers in inclusion and employability projects
‐ To develop participants competencies how to work concretely to develop soft skills and empower young people from disadvantage backgrounds in long term perspective
‐ To create future and sustainable partnership between partners with a multiplying effect for members of each participating organizations
‐ To present to participants Erasmus + programme and opportunities it offer as a great tool for personal, professional and social development of young generation Methodology that we will use shall lead to equal and active participation of all participants. To increase active participation of young people during the training will be used different exercises combination of individual and team work, learner‐centred ways, theoretical inputs and exercises. At the same time we will leave space for them to act, to practice what they will learn. We will make simulation where the participants have to take the lead so they can experience in practice what we will explain them by theory. The project aim to equip young people with skills and competences such as soft skill improvement, empowerment skills, sense of initiative, creativity, autonomy and teamwork. These skills and competences will be beneficial for participants for future initiatives, also helping young people become more aware of self‐employment as a career option.

Working methods:
The methodology included communication based methods (interaction, dialogue, open discussions), activity based methods (sharing experience, practice and experimentation), socially focused methods (partnerships, teamwork, networking) and self directing methods (creativity, discovery, responsibility, action).

Participants profile:
The participants we would like to invite in the training should have the following criteria:
• Trainers, youth leaders, youth workers, project mangers, activists who have some experience and wish to develop their knowledge and competence in employability and soft skills;
• Youth workers, leaders and multipliers active within formal and non‐formal education systems.
• Motivated Youth workers, who can share their experiences with other participants;
• Young people who can share the information about their organization, institution and about the training activities in which they have been involved;
• Young people who can work in English and are over 20 years old.