In Your Own Time!
Date du début: 15 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 14 sept. 2017
The EU 2020 strategy sets out a target to reach a 75% employment rate for 20 to 64 year olds across Europe, however the stark reality is that Europe currently faces a unemployment crisis with around 23 million people unemployed, from those 5 million young adults, in the EU-28 area in January 2015. The number of young adults in employment has fallen by three times more than that for adults and with 7.5 million young Europeans between 15 and 24 not employed, not in education and not in training, the trend looks set to continue.
Adult Education Organizations have been long identified as having a important role in reversing this trend. According to trends, in recent years employers are increasingly looking for people who have obtained not only academic qualifications but who can also demonstrate that they have a wider range of practical skills that cannot all be learned in formal education. These ‘soft skills’ cannot easily be ‘taught’ in formal education because they are learned through ‘hands-on’ practical experience and thus are much more effectively gained in non-formal environments.
Adult education and lifelong learning organizations across Europe are working tirelessly to make a positive change for adults. However based upon the research and experience of the consortium; if such organizations developed their core administrative and counseling activities, they have the capacity to have a significantly higher impact.
Adult education and lifelong learning organizations are managed by highly competent staff with a desire and vision to make a difference, however in many cases, have little financial, administrative and management capabilities. In order to strengthen the work of current and even new adult education or lifelong learning organizations there is a need to have concrete administrative, counseling and even management processes. In doing so such organizations will be able to reach a wider scope of beneficiaries, develop the effectiveness of their activities, and gain increased recognition and confidence from other sectors, which in turn will help to develop the recognition of non-formal education on the whole.
Therefore there is a need for adult educators/teachers/mentors/peers of existing and new adult education and lifelong learning organizations to have access to a recognized iYOT mobile guidance counseling system, that is specifically relevant, offers concrete outcomes in sense of Certificate for non-formal knowledge, and is furthermore mobile and flexible to fit around an already busy schedule of many adult organization staff and members.
The project involves 5 partners, from Slovenia, Austria, Sweden, Portugal and Spain. Each partner will have a dedicated
project team who will take the lead in researching, developing, and publishing one module for Training of Mobile Guidance Counselors and 1 module for iYOT mobile application. Each partner was intentionally selected according to their specifics and expertize so we will combine wide scope of European framework.
The aim of this project is to increase the capacity of adult educators and staff of adult education organizations offering different courses, trainings, lifelong learning activities and counseling services to adult participants with fast and effective access to counseling and information. The main purpose is to develop user friendly distant guidance counseling service to follow adults interest, skills, personal and occupational developments according to available time of interested user (In Your Own Time), realized in a web-based mobile support system with innovative mobile software - iYOT.
Furthermore project aims to increased involvement of adults in guidance counseling through innovative mobile application iYOT for counseling over distance and in users own time with Certificate for non-formal knowledge, thus increasing their capacity to undertake new learning, mobility or working opportunities.
In order to meet this aim, the following objectives have been set:
- Develop a iYOT mobile guidance counseling service (Guidelines) that meets the counseling, informational and lifelong learning needs of adults in education or lifelong learning
- Bring together and utilize specific skills and expertise from different sectors to develop Guidelines for mobile guidance consulting material
- Create a system for validation and recognition of non-formal knowledge and skills for the iYOT mobile application users
- Develop an e-learning platform in order for the iYOT Guidelines, mobile application and materials to be an open access resources
- Train a team of Guidance Counselors to implement the iYOT mobile guidance counseling in practice
- include at least 25 x 20 guidance’s (each counselor executes at least 20 guidance’s in own country in pilot implementation)
- organize 5 x 2 informational seminars/events (each partner with estimated 50 participants)
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