Good practices

EXAMPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE FROM ALL OVER EUROPE

WITH SKILLS DEVELOPMENT/CONTRIBUTION AS A KEY DIMENSION

In this section you will discover some good and inspiring practices from all over Europe directly linked with the field of work of EOSE and/or where skills development is central: Labour market research, Learning mobility, Non formal and informal learning, Contribution of sport to employability, Inclusion and integration through sport

We hope you fill find what you are looking for. This section is not meant to be exhaustive however should you know about an initiative that should be listed, please feel free to let us know using the Contact form.

Contribution of sport to emplyability

Albion Goals

  • Organisation: Albion in the Community (AITC)
  • When: -
  • Scope: UK

Topic: Validation of non-formal and informal learning / Awareness raising campaign / Guidance towards recognition & assessment of skills / Sport and Employability

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: -

Context: Albion in the Community (AITC) is the charitable arm of the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. The Charity runs 61 different programmes in areas like health, education, social inclusion and employability.

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): A pioneering social inclusion project and aims to increase the self-esteem and wellbeing of vulnerable adults and improve the employability of long-term Job Centre claimants by providing free weekly football sessions alongside lifestyle and job skills workshops.

Participants are often referred to us by their Job Centre as the aim of Albion Goals is to help unemployed or vulnerable adults to improve not only their mental and physical wellbeing, but to also improve their job prospects.

Albion Goals uses the incentive of free football to help players fine-tune life skills that can be developed on the pitch but transferred successfully to every day life. Things like teamwork, discipline and time-keeping. Players also quickly find an important sense of belonging and learn to support each other on and off the pitch.

The other area of Albion Goals is what happens off the pitch. At various intervals throughout the year, Albion Goals holds a jobs club – a relaxed, informal session designed to help participants give themselves the best chance of getting into work. These sessions include workshops that focus on communication skills, CV writing and interview techniques and the coaches mentors the players, helping them identify potential jobs or suitable qualifications to work towards.

Participants are also offered one-to-one mentoring throughout the week via home visits, social media and careers events.

Target: Unemployed and vulnerable adults (16-50)

Main results: In 2017, 500 people took part in the Albion Goals programme. Around 200 of those people ended up finding employment of some type while another 150 gained nationally-recognised qualifications.

Factors of success:

  • An open access Employability Development programme providing formal qualifications
  • Level 1/2 Certificate in Employability Skills: A practical course to help people find employment.
  • Apprenticeship opportunities: Provided for people aged between 16 and 24. Besides in-house apprenticeships at Albion in the Community, placements are also offered in various organisations and businesses within Sussex

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: https://www.albioninthecommunity.org.uk/football/football-inclusion/albion-goals/

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Play

  • Organisation: CAIS
  • When: -
  • Scope: Portugal

Topic: Validation of non-formal and informal learning / Awareness raising campaign / Guidance towards recognition & assessment of skills / Sport and Employability

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

 

Funding: -

Context: CAIS is a charity, an IPSS (Private Institution for Social Solidarity), established in 1994 to promote and support the empowerment and autonomy of people in a vulnerable situation (e.g. poverty, low level of education, unemployment, homelessness).

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): ‘Play’ (‘the employability game’), is a comprehensive approach aiming to optimise work orientation, which lasts 5 weeks (5 levels).

‘Play’ consists of an educational part, internships in ‘partner companies’ and job searching.

In the educational part, participants receive training in soft skills (in so-called ‘Move’ sessions which have a relation to sport) (first 2 weeks) and in social entrepreneurship (e.g. project work in group in the community or in CAIS) (week 3).  The ‘Move’ sessions are delivered by the ‘soft skill trainer’/’social animator’ (social worker) and use non-formal learning methods with an emphasis on group dynamics (games, role-play) to introduce and practice soft skills (e.g. team play, respect, self-awareness, conflict resolution skills).

After that, there is on-site-training through internships in partner companies followed by the employability ‘level’ (including job searching, CV writing, job interview skills, etc). During this last level, participants are supported by (volunteer) mentors. Mentors (mostly volunteers) provide support for entry to the job market (e.g. assisting in CV writing, mock job interviews, job searching and placement, and offer after-care support up to 1.5 years after actual employment). Mentors are trained in coaching methodology by CAIS.

Target: People in a vulnerable situation age 20 and above

Main results: -

Factors of success:

  • Non-formal education for most of the educational activities (e.g. learning with others and by doing).
  • Good link with companies who provide temporary on-the-job training programmes through internships, as well as actual job opportunities.
  • Systematic support and follow-up of participants towards employability and employment in (external) jobs.

 

Barriers overcome: Educational activities had low attendance rates because of too academic and mostly in traditional classroom settings.

Website/contact: http://www.cais.pt/play/

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Football Employability Programme

  • Organisation: Middlesbrough College
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: Since 2017
  • Scope: Middlehaven (UK)

Topic: Validation of non-formal and informal learning / Awareness raising campaign / Guidance towards recognition & assessment of skills / Sport and Employability

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: -

Context: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): The 15 weeks course include delivery on key employability skills, which are required to get a job, through the medium of football.

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Sports students will learn theoretical based study in the classroom, whilst taking part in a range of sport and fitness activities. Taught by specialist tutors and coaches, many of which are ex professionals in their field, you’ll benefit from fantastic facilities including an AstroTurf pitch, a strength and conditioning suite and a physiology lab.

Target: -

Main results: -

Factors of success: Delivery of an official diploma => Middlesbrough College Certificate

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: https://www.mbro.ac.uk/career-choices/course/18806-C504-Football-Employability-Programme

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Programme Sport-Emploi

  • Organisation: IUT Bobigny
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: -
  • Scope: Bobigny (France)

Topic: Validation of non-formal and informal learning / Awareness raising campaign / Guidance towards recognition & assessment of skills / Sport and Employability

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding:

Context: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): Sport-Emploi is a unique work placement program for young people aged 16 to 25 who are dropping out of school and / or university.

In practice it embeds:

1) Academic courses with 6 theoretical modules: Expression and communication,  Self-esteem, development of relational skills, Realization of a constructive project approach, Office and management in a web environment,  Personal and Professional Project – PPP and Live the sport differently.

2) Reception and coaching by professional sports clubs to benefit from the tools and services usually reserved for athletes: coaching by coaches and top athletes, sports practices, discovery of sports professions, networking with the sponsors companies of the club, involvement in events.

3) An immersion in the world of business, thanks to the mobilization of the network of 250 companies members of the Institute of the Patronage of Solidarity (IMS-Entrepreneurship for the City).

Target: Young people from 16 to 25 years old who are dropping out of school and / or university

Main results: -

Factors of success:

  • Qualifying training: An adapted pedagogy with a personalized follow-up of each participant in a university establishment.
  • Concrete immersion in the world of business: Internship at the end of the program: 4 weeks – 120 hours, 30 hours per week.
  • Strong partnership: IMS-Entreprendre pour la Cité, the Youth Information and Documentation Center (CIDJ) and Pyksis Communication.

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://www.iut-bobigny.univ-paris13.fr/nos-formations/177-sport-emploi/933-programme-sport-emploi.html

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Contribution of sport to emplyability

Play-Makers

  • Organisation: Links Park Community Trust (LPCT)
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: -
  • Scope: Angus (United Kingdom)

Topic: Validation of non-formal and informal learning / Awareness raising campaign / Guidance towards recognition & assessment of skills / Sport and Employability

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: Donations, sponsorship, and income generated from the programme

Context: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): Utilising the facilities provided by Links Park Stadium in Montrose (the home of Montrose Football Club), Links Park Community Trust (LPCT) in partnership with Angus Council, wish to offer a 14-week programme (1 day a week) for those aged 16-19 and not in employment, education and/or training.

Using sport, and in particular football, as an alternative and somewhat appealing context to learning, it aims to deliver an innovative programme of fun yet challenging activities that develop skills for life and work.

The ‘Play-Makers’ programme aims to develop personal and employability skills through the various activities and tasks that are undertaken, and participants are supported in capturing and demonstrating these new-found attributes, not only in their CV, but also verbally during interview.

Participants are encouraged to explore the role that Sport can play in developing key life and employability skills, whilst also investigating the extensive range of occupations that exist within and as a result of Sport and the personal attributes and skills required to fulfil such.

The group benefit from undertaking a practical work placement of their choosing, with opportunities being provided at LPCT but also fellow Community Sports Hub clubs and organisations. Whether taking on the role of a coach, photographer or shop assistant amongst others, participants will gain experience of planning, delivering and evaluating a personal work schedule. Nationally recognised training and certification will also be offered as part of the course, in areas such as First Aid and Leadership amongst others.

Target: Young people aged 16-19 and not in employment, education and/or training

Main results: -

Factors of success:

- A practical work placement of their choosing

- Nationally recognised training and certification

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://www.linksparkct.org.uk/course.php?id=53

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Contribution of sport to emplyability

Déclics Sportifs

  • Organisation: Agence pour l’Education par le Sport (APELS)
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: Since 2016
  • Scope: France

Topic: Validation of non-formal and informal learning / Awareness raising campaign / Guidance towards recognition & assessment of skills / Sport and Employability

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: Française de jeux (FDJ) + Own Endowment Fund

Context: APELS, the Agency for Education through Sport, has been committed for 20 years to the development of a more inclusive society through social innovation and education through sport. Invested in young people, this non for profit association supports and accompanies more than 6700 initiatives to promote their social and professional integration.

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): Déclics Sportifs is the 1st national program for the detection, training and integration of young people from sports clubs in partner companies.

Sports associations are a formidable pool of untapped talent. They allow young people to transfer the social and human qualities developed in sport to the world of business.

Déclics Sportifs” movement promotes social and professional integration through job experience. In this program the APELS offers to young people young people who distinguish themselves in their sports club the opportunity to experience a total immersion in the world of work through various internships in business.  This initiative offers to follow appropriate training and take their first steps in business.

This operational preparation for employment consists of 3 courses. The first two, for a total duration of 3 weeks, depend mainly on the APELS. This first phase is based on pedagogical objectives. It is a preparation for employment and allows young people to be confident. The second part introduces young people to business life by including them completely in the operational execution of tasks.

These internships have the following objectives:

- Discover the world of work by immersion in the life of the company,

- Learn to evolve socially and professionally within a company

- Accompany their professional development

Target: Young people from 18 to 35 years, practicing a physical activity or sport and wishing to enter the job market.

Main results: In 2017, there was 15 promotions and nearly 200 young people participated in the program with 70% of CDI (long term contract) signed at the end of the training course.

Factors of success:

  • Concrete immersion in the world of business: A year of experience through a signed “Contrat de Professionalisation”
  • Strong partnership: LCL and Crédit Agricole, the French Association of Banks (AFB), local sport clubs and APELS

 

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://educationparlesport.com/new/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/DeclicsSportifs.pdf

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