17 Jun Key Competences for All
In the spring of 2009 an informal partnership formed under the auspices of Telecentre‐Europe, submitted an application to the EC (Grundtvig) to create an “Employability Toolkit” which was successful and selected for funding.
This project proposes to support enhancement of basic Key Competences of Low Qualified Adults in order to improve their Employability, by means of an alternative learning approach (ICT-based, user-centred, interest-oriented).
The main deliverables of the project are a research and analysis of local context conditions in Latvia, Romania, Belgium, United Kindom and Spain, a toolkit to improve job-focused key competences of users at a risk of exclusion, a handbook for telecentre/PIAP facilitators and a guidelines for other social and educational organisations interested in incorporating the toolkit in their offer for disadvantaged users.
The project is born from two interlinked processes. On one side, the increasing demand of users of telecentre and other public internet access points to develop their digital competences for job seeking and job performing (digital literacy focused on employability). On the other, the political recognition of the role that ICT is increasingly playing in the job market across Europe. (cf. “New Skills for New Jobs” EC Communication, 2008).
There is a direct impact of education in reducing the chances of being unemployed (Eurostat LFS, 2007), so employable low qualified adults who are normally excluded from the formal vocational training system need to improve their competences by informal education channels. In the last years, telecentres and other kind of PIAPs (libraries, civic centres, etc) have became a privileged channel across Europe for digital literacy/adult education of disadvantaged target groups (Rissola, 2007 and conclusions of Vienna eInclusion event, 2008), contributing through training and guidance to personal development, active citizenship, social inclusion, and – due to the increasing economic recession- Employability.