Contribution of sport to emplyability


  • 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.


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