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.

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„ Plateforme Insertion Professionnalisation Mobilités Rhône Alpes “

  • Organisation: Accompanying local centres (Missions locales) in Rhône-Alpes
  • Theme: Learning Mobility
  • When: Since 2012
  • Scope: French based project

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

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: Co-financed by the French government, the Région Rhône-Alpes Auvergne and the European Commission through Erasmus+

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): The IPM platform accompanies young people followed by the Local Missions of the Region Rhône-Alpes in the implementation of their international mobility projects. It offers a personalized support for every young person who wants to live an international mobility experience. To facilitate his/her journey, the young will be advised in its efforts by a single contact (Counsellor Mobility). The mobility counsellor give every young person a clear information and the support necessary for the proper conduct of international mobility project he/she wants to implement.

Target: Young unemployed people aged 18-25 with low or no qualifications and followed by the Local Missions of the Region Rhône-Alpes

Main results: -

Factors of success: -

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: www.plateforme-ipm.fr/ / Thierry Farre, coordinator for the IPM, Mail: ipm@ml-st-etienne.org

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Contribution of sport to emplyability

Street Elite

  • Organisation: The Change Foundation
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: Since 2011
  • Scope: London (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: -

Context: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): Street Elite is a training for work programme using sport as a vehicle for teaching employability skills to young people involved in gangs and crime.

Over a period of 12 months participants are trained in employability skills through sport, they then give back to their community by delivering their own sports sessions on their local estates or youth clubs and then they deliver a sports festival for local schools in their community and showcase their talents to potential employers that are also invited to the event.

Following this they are provided with two week work placements and workshops to develop their CV’s and interview skills. Once the young people get to this point they are provided with exit routes some of which include paid employment with Street Elite partners the Berkeley Group.

So Street Elite is delivered in five phases; ‘On The Street’ recruitment of young people involved in gangs and crime, 15 weeks of training for work through sport, 10 weeks of community engagement delivering sports sessions to children on local housing estates, two week work placements and then into employment, training or education.

Target: Young people aged 16 to 24 involved in gangs and crime

Main results:

  • Recognised through Third Sector Business Charity Award and Barclays Sport for Employability and Enterprise Award.
  • In 2016, 83% of Street Elite graduates transitioned into employment, the highest success rate since the programme began in 2011.
  • Has engaged 305 young people on the edges of gangs and crime across London, helping 244 transitions from NEET (not in education, employment or training) into work, apprenticeships, training or education opportunities.

 

Factors of success:

  • The programme embeds two-week work placements and workshops
  • Participants are provided with exit routes
  • Strong partnership: delivered by the Change Foundation and the Berkeley Foundation with support from Argos.

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://www.street-elite.org/

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NFIL

Empower yourself – Valorise toi

  • Organisation: Scouts et Guides de France
  • Theme: Non formal and informal learning
  • When: Since 2010
  • Scope: European

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

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: -

Context: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): A self-assessment tool of acquired skills in the framework of volunteering in ‘Scouts et Guides de France’ which It aims at helping individuals to realize how good they are in different situations encountered in Scouting environment and how to translate this experience into the language of employers, thus enabling them to increase their chances on the labour market – by performing better during the job interviews, letters of intent etc. Besides that, the material helps with starting to design personal development plan.
This tool guides young adults from the Scouting movement in assessing the 5 competence areas (skills) that are typically developed in the Scouting context: ‐ Organizational skills ‐ Responsibility, sense of initiative and analytical skills ‐ Relationship skills ‐ Intercultural skills ‐ Technical and artistic skills After this step the tool guides its user into a deeper analysis of the assessed skills and supports the user in putting them into perspective (e.g. career choice or educational objective). Finally, the tool provides hints on how to translate the assessed skills into a more professional language, preparing the user for the situation of a job interview.

Target: Scout leaders.

Main results: Self-assessment toll available in 7 languages: French, English, Spanish, Danish, Serbian, Polish, and Czech + a series of workshops to disseminate the tool worldwide + more than 30,000 person have used it just in France

Factors of success: Providing a pragmatical and easy way for young peapole to translate teh skills acuqired to teh language of the employers

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: Documentation: https://www.scout.org/sites/default/files/library_files/empower_yourself.pdf , Articleon the initiative: http://euroscoutinfo.com/2012/02/27/how-to-translate-your-scouting-skills-to-the-language-of-employers/

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NFIL

CAPIVAL – Capitalising on Validpack

  • Organisation: IREA - Romanian Institute for Adult Education Romania
  • Theme: Non formal and informal learning
  • When: 2010 - 2012
  • Scope: European project (Romania, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Latvia)

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

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: Lifelong learning Programme of the European Commission

Context: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): It intends to exploit the Validpack instrument by extending its use to over 20 European countries.
The instrument provides users with validation of informal and non-formal psycho-pedagogical competencies of adult educators.
It is a unique and innovative package of validation instruments that creates a framework for the documentation and evaluation of trainers’ competences, no matter whether they have been acquired in a formal, non-formal or informal learning context.
It is organised around three main validation steps: self-evaluation, external evaluation and consolidation.

Target: Adult educators.

Main results: Evaluator’s guide + Handbook (EN, IT) + Info-pack + Toolkit

Factors of success: -

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: Project website: http://www.capival.eu/validpack; Documentation: http://www.irea.ro/en/images/publications/capival.pdf

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Contribution of sport to emplyability

“Jobs dans la ville” – Jobs in the city

  • Organisation: Sport dans la Ville
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: Since 2010
  • Scope: French project

Type of approach: General employability programme using sport as a component to attract participant (sport as a lure) / A sport programme including specific learning objectives to develop employability (sport as a learning tool)

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: -

Context: Created 18 years ago, Sport dans la Ville is the leading association for integration through sport in France. All programs put in place by Sport dans la Ville, help promote social and professional integration of 4,500 young people enrolled in the association, by actively participating in their progression and personal development.

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): Based on its field work, Sport dans la Ville created the programme “Job dans la ville” to accompany each young person from 14 years on the way to training and employment. The programme is offering dedicated and tailor made support to young people in their choice of orientation and in building their career plans. It especially aims to allow the young people to get access to on-the-job experience, study visits, as well as mentoring and workshops preparing them to the professional world.

Target: Young person from 14 years from disadvantaged area

Main results: In 2016, 750 young people were enrolled in the programme. 82% of the youth enrolled in “Jobs dans la Ville” get access to training or business activity.

Factors of success: Combination of various and complementary approach: individuals support, mentoring, professional visits, on-the-job experience, specific training + Involvement of the local private companies + Continuity of action and support throughout the life of the accompanied young people (from 7 to 25 years old) is a critical success factor.

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://www.sportdanslaville.com/nos-programmes/job-dans-la-ville/

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Contribution of sport to emplyability

NEETS

  • Organisation: Sport 4 Life
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: Since 2010
  • Scope: UK wide

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: Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief

Context: Sport 4 Life was founded in 2006 as a small community sport programme in Ladywood (Birmingham). In 2010, Sport 4 Life changed its strategy to become a sport for employment organisation across Birmingham. Using sport as an engagement tool for more tangible outcomes made it easier to obtain funding.

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): The overall programme consists of employability workshops, structured sport sessions, formal mock interviews with an external employer, one-to-one mentoring sessions. The programme gradually evolves from a life skill programme (focussing on soft skills like leadership, communication) during the first weeks to a more focussed employability programme in the last weeks of the programme (CV writing, mock interviews).

Various sports are provided: football, basketball, hockey, boxing, rock climbing, raft building. Sport sessions are integrated with and mutually reinforce the issues addressed in employability workshops. Integration is assured by employability workshops and sport sessions both being delivered jointly by the sport coordinator and project assistant. Sport is used to support and reinforce the employability content of workshops via an experiential learning approach which emphasises the soft skills of teamworking, time management, conflict management, communication skills, problem solving and leadership.

The programme is delivered at three locations: Ladywood/Aston, Sparkbrook, and Washwood Heath. In February 2017, Sport 4 Life started with a girls-only programme in Washwood Heath.

Target: 16-29 year olds who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET).

Main results: 167 young people completed the NEETS Programme in 2016/2017

Factors of success:

 

  • Agreement with job centers: During the programme, participants do not need to meet the job searching targets from their job centre as the programme is regarded as equivalent to job seeking.
  •  Accredited training and qualifications (‘Level 1 Sports Leadership Award’ and ‘Entry Level 3 Life & Living Skills’)
  • Systematic M&E and self-assessment process included in the programme.
  •  Embeds real-life working experience: Participants need to deliver a community-oriented and self-assessed social action programme.
  • Follow-up support: When participants have completed the programme successfully, they receive a £100 scholarship to invest in their further development or additional qualifications. Although Sport 4 Life does not guarantee employment, it still provides ongoing support, with participants able to access 8 additional one-to-one mentoring sessions after they leave the programme.

 

 

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://sport4life.org.uk

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