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

Made Outside The Classroom

  • Organisation: Street League
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: Since 2010

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

funding streetleague

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: 

Context: Street League claims to be UK’s leading Sport for Employment charity. Since 2010, it has gone through a strategic change, shifting from a sport development organisation to a sport and employability organisation, providing more focussed support for personal and social development as a basis for increased employability.

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): 10-week employability-focussed Academy programme.

This programme consists of a four-day (16 hours/week) training programme including, goal setting, career planning, communication skills, CV writing, job searching, interview skills and techniques. This is done via integrated and mutually reinforcing employability workshops and sport sessions in the morning. 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. Such an approach is effective for those who are les academically oriented.

In each region, there are delivery teams for football and dance, consisting of a progression coordinator and a sport coach. The progression coordinator delivers employability courses, classroom sessions and the individual one-on-one support. The sport coach or exercise teacher organises the sport and dance sessions, which are specifically designed to reinforce the topics dealt with in the workshop sessions. The progression coordinator and the sport coach normally participate in each other’s sessions ensuring an integrated approach. Every delivery team is supported by a local operations manager and by an outreach coordinator. The operational manager is responsible for the delivery teams in his or her region and the output of the Academy programme. The outreach coordinator is responsible for the recruitment of participants through contacts with job centres, social organisation and colleges.

Target: Unemployed 16-24 year olds in 14 cities and 38 local communities in England and Scotland

Main results:

 

  • 1,553 young people into employment, education, and training, which is a 21% increase (1553/1281).
  • 65% of Academy participants progressed into employment, education or training (1235/1909), which is a 10% increase on the previous year.
  • 59% of our young people sustained their employment outcome for six-months or longer (465/784), which is a 7% increase on the previous year.

 

Factors of success:

 

  • Free
  •  A strong Monitoring and Evaluation system
  • A quarterly balanced scorecards and management information packs provide the operations managers in each region with a snapshot of performance against engagement, delivery, contract outcomes, aftercare and progression outcomes.
  • Several self-evaluation and self-management documents:
  • An individual learning plan, a ‘preparing for work’ workbook, a ‘taking part in sport’ workbook, and a 100-hours work placement.
  • Follow-up support: After-care support provided during 12 months after graduating from the programme (to sustain in employment or education).

 

 Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: www.streetleague.co.uk/

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AWICO – Assessment of Wider Competences

  • Organisation: Erwachsenenbildung Liechtenstein
  • Theme: Non Formal and Informal Learning
  • When: 2009 - 2011
  • Scope: European project (Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Austria, United Kingdom, Bulgaria)

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

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation training programme

Context: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): AWICO is a computer-based test to assess key skills within the areas of personal skills, communication, teamwork, problem solving, and conflict resolution.
This test was developed scientifically and tested in practice by a project group from five countries (Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Austria, United Kingdom, and Bulgaria).
The test was specially developed for people who either have no recognised education, or have completed basic vocational training but have not done any further training for a long time.

Target: Low-skilled people

Main results: A computer-based test to assess key skills

Factors of success: -

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://www.awico.li/no_cache/home.html

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Carnet de vie du bénévole – The Volunteer’s life book

  • Organisation: CNOSF (French National Olympic Committee)
  • Theme: Non Formal and Informal Learning
  • When: Since 2008
  • Scope: French initiative

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

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: -

Context: Building upon the 1901 Act on Association, the specificity of sport volunteerism as well as the 2002 law on the validation of acquired experience (VAE).

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): An online tool where the skills and experiences of volunteers in the sport sector are recorded through large variety of fields filled in by the volunteer him/herself: identity, title, associations, community training, know-how, based certificates.
Developed as a true bridge between the professional personal volunteering lives, the Volunteer’s life book is particularly useful in the context of Validation of Acquired Experience (VAE) and allows to better understand the needs in terms of support and training.
The system is linked to the national validation scheme.

Target: Volunteers in sport associations.

Main results: More than 1800 volunteers have created their life book, Outcomes = A certificate of skills and competences + A model of volunteer training or placement certificate + A model of volunteer title certificate

Factors of success: -

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact:

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Continuing education for sport specialists

  • Organisation: Lithuanian Union of Sport Federations
  • Theme: Learning Mobility
  • When: 2007-2013
  • Scope: Lithuanian based project

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

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: European Commission through Leonardo Da Vinci programme

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): It consisted in a strategy to develop centralised application of learning mobility activities and projects to the Leonardo programme for all the 54 members’ federations.

Target: Sport Coaches and Sport Managers

Main results: 9 mobility projects implemented resulting in 32 sport managers representing 32 federations have implemented their knowledge’s in Scotland + More than 200 sport coaches from various federations carried out mobility activities within various EU federations, clubs and other public authorities across Europe

Factors of success: Pooling of resources (crucial for the small federations), building upon the expertise of the applicant, forging link with the National Agency.

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://www.lsfs.lt/

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„ Movil’App “

  • Organisation: Network of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI)
  • Theme: Learning Mobility
  • When: Since 2007
  • 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 European Commission through ERASMUS +, KA1 Mobility for VET learners and staff

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): Movil’App is a European mobility program that enables apprentices to complete internships in Europe.

Target: Apprentice as well as Education Professional (Teacher, trainer, Administrative staff)

Main results: Since 2007, the action Movil’App has enabled more than 5,800 people – apprentices, post-apprentices and trainers / tutors – to benefit from mobility aid.

Factors of success: An integrated national project, respectful of territorial dynamics. Pool of resources and practices, optimize funding through mechanisms of redistribution between partners.

Barriers overcome: The management of a pooled national project requires dealing with partners who have unequal degree of responsiveness and uneven mastery of the rules and program operations.

Website/contact: http://www.cci.fr/web/apprentissage/apprendre-en-europe/-/article/Le+programme+MOVIL%60APP

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Contribution of sport to emplyability

InserSport

  • Organisation: Olympic Football Club of Firminy
  • When: Since 2006
  • Scope: Firminy (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: Fondation Adecco

Context: The Olympic Football Club of Firminy Insersport (FCOFI) was founded in June 1940 as a non for profit association (loi 1901) and has been pursuing  since then objectives related primarily to the creation of social link, the fight against all forms of discrimination and against social exclusion  through the practice of sport and mainly football.

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): In accordance with its associative project, the F.C.O.F.I decided in April 2006 to implement Insersport, an initiative whose aim is to promote sport and its values among young people from the suburbs.

Concretely, the INSERSPORT action creates social ties in the city’s sensitive neighborhoods (Layat, Firminy Vert and Fayol). Animated by 6 employees and 40 volunteers, this action brings football tournaments (and their abilities to create social ties) at the foot of buildings, despite the absence or obsolescence of sports facilities.

This create favourable moments to then orient the young practitioners towards structures adapted to their difficulties: social services, associative structures, etc. At the same time, and to complete this intervention system, the FCOFI initiates, organizes and animates debates and meetings in which the inhabitants take part. Key and inspiring stakeholders such as coaches and players from ASSE (Professional Football Club of Saint-Etienne) also join the debates depending on the chosen theme (fight against discrimination, incivility, etc.)

Led in partnership with the municipality, the deconcentrated state services and the city’s policy, Insersport has touched since its creation more than 150 young people.

These results encourage the F.C.O.F.I has engaged a second phase related more particularly to the professional insertion. In this context, the F.C.O.F.I wishes to federate around its project partner companies responsible for example to organize company visits and meetings with their employees to explain their job and identify the requirements of the world of work.

Target: Young people (boys and girls) from 7 to 17 years old.

Main results:

- In 2014, 25 young people regularly took part to sports activities. 80% of them were not registered in any local associative structure.

- The Agency for Education through Sport as well as the Professional Football League have awarded a prize to F.C.O.F.I to support its approach.

Factors of success:

  • Strong local partnership: partnership between the sport club, the municipality, the deconcentrated state services and local companies.
  • Free access to sport activities
  • Mix of employees and volunteers.
  • Funding and support from the Adecco Group Foundation will allow the association to develop its action for the professional integration of young people.

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://www.fco-firminy.com/insersport/notre-action-insersport.html

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