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

Team Up for NEETS – Innovation for Youth Employability

  • Organisation: StreetfootballWorld
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: 1st Oct 2015 – 30 Sept 2017
  • Scope: EU-wide project

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: 219 329,00 through Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships for Youth

Context: Europe’s generation aged between 15 and 24 faces a plethora of structural challenges. This group of roughly 94 million Europeans lives in a fully globalized society and has been hit hard by the effects of the economic crisis. As a result, more than 4.5 million young people are unemployed today in the EU. Although the latest news on youth unemployment are encouraging (with a decrease over the last two years from more than 23% to less than 21% today) the unemployment rate in the EU remains very high.

Furthermore, there has been a surge of young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) in the EU which incurs high costs and affects not only the individual, but society as a whole. These young people are vulnerable to a wide range of negative social conditions, such as social exclusion, crime, and mental and physical health problems. More than 7 million young people in the EU between 15 and 24 are in this situation. 11% of those between 18 and 24 are early school leavers.

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): Streetfootballworld has joined forces with community organisations throughout the continent to launch Team Up for NEETs– a pan-European project, supported by ERAMUS+ in the framework of Strategic Partnerships for Youth. The project targets youth workers, teachers and NGOs working with young Europeans who are not in education, employment or training (NEETS) and equips them with the skills they need to build new paths towards a sustainable livelihood. Through a combination of non-formal education, sport-based youth work and employability training, the programme offers an innovative approach to Europe’s most pressing social challenge.

The primary focus of “Team Up for NEETs!” was the development of a shared toolkit of best practices to increase youth employability through football based programmes and an impact measurement framework for football for good organisations working to reduce youth unemployment.

Team Up! has provided the opportunity to share knowledge and best practice between partner organisations in order to increase their expertise in the field, improve their programmes and extend their impact. Throughout the funding period, members of Team Up! have met in Germany, France, the UK, Hungary and Ireland, in order to develop the toolkit and better understand the programmes and activities of all of the partner organisations.

Target: Youth workers, teachers and NGOs working with young Europeans who are not in education, employment or training (NEETS)

Main results:

  • A shared toolkit of best practices to increase youth employability through football based programmes
  •  An impact measurement framework for football for good organisations working to reduce youth unemployment.

Factors of success: Quality of the consortium => Some of the Team Up members focus predominantly on delivering footballbased employability programmes for NEET young people; others are large, diverse organisations with a multitude of different services (e.g. social services, homeless shelters etc) and their football-based employability programme is just one programme of many.

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://www.streetfootballworld.org/sites/default/files/Team%20Up%20Toolkit_EN_1.pdf

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Contribution of sport to emplyability

INSERsport

  • Organisation: Catalan Union of Sport Federations (UFEC)
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: Since 2015
  • Scope: Cataluña (Spain)

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: Crowdfunding

Context: INSERsport started as a pilot project in sailing in 2015.

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): INSERsport is a Sport Plus 1 employment programme which specifically targets vulnerable youth and NEETs to support them towards a first job position in sport as a basic level coach or a referee.

The project supports vulnerable young people to qualify as a basic level coach (assistant instructor) or referee in a specific sport, with the support of the regional sport federations. The level of engagement in the programme differs between federations.

With the cooperation of 25 social organisations and the administration DGAIA (Child Care Department) and DGJJ (Justice Department) in the region of Barcelona, young people between 16 and 25 years old are registered in the first level qualification training programme of seven regional sport federations. Both the programme for basic level coach and the programme for referees provide training programmes which include theoretical workshops and practical sport sessions on sports coaching. Some sports only provide a basic level coach qualification (m) or a referee (r) qualification (basketball (r), volleyball (r), tennis (m), mental disability sport (m) and sailing (m)), other sport federations combine both courses (table tennis and wrestling). In most sports, this encompasses 50 hours of theory and around 100 hours of practice.

The participants take part in theoretical and practical sessions in a specific sport, guided by a sport coach from the federation or a sport club. These sessions are organised two or three times a week. Additionally, there is one part-time social worker who provides a social workshop once a week to all participants. The workshops include 10 different sessions based on four specific themes:

-          Personal development. Self-esteem and self-concept, motivation of the participants, confidence and gender equality

-          Social and communication skills. Empathy, active listening and assertiveness

-          Emotional management and competence development

-          Conflict resolution

Target: Vulnerable youth (16 and 25 years old) and NEETs

Main results: Among the 100 participants, 60% completed the programme in 2017

Factors of success:

 

  • Variety of the partnership: social organisations, administration DGAIA (Child Care Department) and DGJJ (Justice Department), sport federations.
  • Obtaining a qualification in sport
  • Mix of sport and like skills lessons
  • A guarantee to a first job opportunity and experience

 

 

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://insersport.ufec.cat/

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inclusion trhough sport

We welcome young refugees

  • Organisation: Sport movement – Kraainem Football Club
  • Theme: Inclusion and integration through sport
  • When: Sept 2015 - May 2016
  • Scope: Belgium project

Funding: Support from ENGIE (private company), the Football + Foundation (from the Belgium Football Federation) and the King Baudouin Foundation.

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): With its Academy, based in Brussels, the Kraainem-based amateur club Kraainem FC deployed all its experience and resources to welcome 2O young asylum seekers (between 14 and 17 years old) per week, in order to provide them with clothing, food, language courses and football practices. Kraainem FC also helps collect football material for newly arrived refugees. The project is run in partnership with the Fedasil Refugee Center from Woluwe Saint –Pierre (in Brussels) which brings the refugees to the Academy every day.

Target: Refugees and migrants

Main results: Over 300 children and teenagers from 42 countries benefit from the club’s activities.

Factors of success: Close cooperation between all the key stakeholders: the refugee centers, local elected officials (this is actively supported by Kraainem authority) and associations ( sporting , cultural, educational … ) from the local civil society.

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact:

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„North-East ParaSport Exchange. Effective management, good governance and human resource development in ParaSport“ (ParaX)

  • Organisation: Sport university – German Sport University Cologne
  • Theme: Learning Mobility
  • When: Jan 2014 – June 2015
  • Scope: European project involving the German Sport University Cologne (as leader) and National Olympic Committee from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden as well as Mykolas Romeris University and SPIN Sport Innovation

Topic: Support and guidance to learning mobility / Awareness raising campaign / Concrete activities and funding stream

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: 2013 Preparatory Action: European Partnership on Sports (open call for proposals EAC/S03/2013)

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): As its primary objective the proposed project tried to facilitate the development of ParaSport in Europe and to help establishing professional structures with a focus on the National Paralympic Committees (NPCs). A structured mobility scheme for staff and volunteers was developed and employed to link the Baltic Paralympic Committees to their Nordic counterparts.
The project aims to offer insight into a variety of good practices. All partners got the possibility to thrive from experiences of the other partners and to mutually exchange ideas to strengthen ParaSport in the region of north-eastern Europe. ParaX focused on effective management, good governance, human resource management, communication, networking and leadership.

Target: Baltic and Nordic National Paralympic Committees.

Main results: Network of cooperation and exchange of good practice + sustainable mobility scheme for staff and volunteers

Factors of success: Cooperation between relevant and knowledgeable organisations – will to exchange on the development of the sub-sector.

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: Dr. Mark Ludwig, Project Manager (Institute of Communication and Media Research – German Sport University Cologne), ludwignospam-dshs-koeln.de, Phone: +49 221 4982-6230

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NFIL

GR-EAT

  • Organisation: AEGEE (Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l’Europe)
  • Theme: Non Formal and Informal Learning
  • When: Nov 2014 – Dec 2016
  • Scope: European project (Belgium, France and 4 pan-European organisations)

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

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: Erasmus+, Strategic Partnership for Youth (KA2)

Context: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): It aims at establishing Guidelines for the Recognition of non-formal and informal learning (NFIL) taking place in youth organisations. The final goal is to propose a European Advanced Tool which would give internal recognition systems the external visibility and functionality for volunteers to be able to use their competences acquired during their activity as meaningful skills in their search for employment. The project also wants to support long-term volunteers in raising their awareness of competences acquired and their value in an employment context as well as in acquainting them with the identification and documentation procedures that are useful to go through national validation systems. Another objective is to raise the awareness of companies on the benefits and impact of long term volunteering for transversal competence development.
The project methodology is decomposed in a research phase and implementation of the guidelines.

Target: Young people and youth organisations.

Main results: Guidelines for the Recognition of non-formal and informal learning + Survey on the Recognition of Volunteers’ competences by Employers + Desk Research + Interviews + Collection of 11 self-assessment tools.
Findings from the Employers surveys = The competences of an applicant gained during a volunteering period can be as valuable to a company as the competences gained through formal learning (4.07/5) + They value the fact that an applicant was active as a volunteer in the final decision to hire a job applicant compared to other aspects, such as diplomas (3.88/5) + 40% stated that applicants struggle to explain the competences they have gained during a volunteering period + 46.15% of employers expressed the need for other certificates or a portfolio + Very few respondents use or recognise existing competence frameworks and recognition tools.

Factors of success: The 2 steps methodology: Step 1: Understanding the needs and expectations => Step 2: Creating guidelines that offer help!

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: Survey on the Recognition of Volunteers’ competences by Employers

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inclusion trhough sport

Training course on Physical education and sport for democracy and human rights (SPORT). Module A

  • Organisation: European Institution - Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe.
  • Theme: Inclusion and integration through sport
  • When: Oct 2014
  • Scope: European project, 29 education professionals from over 20 countries participate

Funding: Council of Europe

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): A trainer training course to empower education professionals and improve their transversal attitude skills and knowledge in the field of Physical education in order for sport to have beneficial outcomes and contribute to the individual’s whole personal development.
The module was divided in 4 days – 4 steps: Starting line, Move to learn, Learn to move and Ready, set, go! These steps included possible answers to questions: why, what for, from whom, how in setting the context of PE and Sport for HR and Democracy today.

Target: Education professionals and in particular sport and PE teachers.

Main results: Issues like the importance of PE and sport in the context of democracy and human rights, its specific content, challenges and resistances, as well as suggestions on how to overcome these, how to promote change in the field of PE and sport were among the outcomes of the training course.

Factors of success: Existing platform for collaborative work and the Community of Practice of the Pestalozzi Programme + important cascading effect through the adoption of the train the trainer approach + Preparatory work to adjust the programme to the participants’ expectation and need + Concrete tool and methods proposed to participants (who were for example introduced to the following acronym CHANGE IT, a tool that can be used to help modify an activity or game to meet physical educator’s particular objectives and students’ needs: 1. Coaching style — e.g. demonstrations, or use of questions, role models and verbal instructions, 2. How to score or win, 3. Area — e.g. size, shape or surface of the playing environment, 4. Number of participants involved in the activity, 5. Game rules — e.g. number of bounces or passes, 6. Equipment — e.g. Vary balls (size, weight, color, texture, number) bats/racquets, Size and height of goal/target, 7. Inclusion — e.g. everyone has to touch the ball before the team can score, 8. Time — e.g. ‘How many … in 30 seconds?’)

Barriers overcome: -

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