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Job relevant basic skills concepts and tools for groups facing particular challenges at the labour market

The employment opportunities for low-level educated learners have dropped considerably over recent years. In relation to school dropouts the situation has significantly worsened across the whole of Europe. The EU-initiative „New Skills for new Jobs” will be seen as a particular challenge for low-level educated learners especially those who are insufficiently qualified. Taking into consideration professional development for the socially disadvantaged, teenagers with learning difficulties as well as further development for post-qualification of insufficiently qualified persons and the integration of the long term unemployed; it is apparent that there is the necessity for developing workplace related and up-to-date settings of basic education. The common focus was placed upon the general approach towards the learners and the organisations in question (companies, labour administration, and institutions of learning) as well as the specific concept for basic education that incorporates the learners’ daily lives and working environment. The main aim was to transfer and further develop tried and tested processes and existing labour market concepts by adhering to existing literacy concepts and cooperating with stakeholders, labour markets, education and employment systems from the participating partner countries. The intended concepts and settings of learning are characterised especially by constant focus on the learner, their work and their daily lives. These are specific principles which aspire towards integrating groups with particular difficulties in the labour market while being trained or employed.This transfer project was based on the results collected by project consortium „GiWA – basic skills in labour and economy” of the research program „Research and Development for Alphabetization and Basic Education” ( The expected result of the project transfer was the recognition of the GiWA project which promises positive results if they are contextualised and developed for the target group.



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