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KA 2 – STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS IN THE FIELD OF ADULT EDUCATION

Background     

Among the main challenges of today’s Europe are the high unemployment rates (10% of active population equal to 23 million people in Europe, 12,8% in Italy), especially among low-qualified and low-skilled people. In fact, one of the targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy is to reach the employment rate of 75% for women and men, aged 20-64, by 2020.

At the same time, Europe faces the problem of ageing population, people with disabilities and growing immigration rates which leads to an increasing need for staff in the health and care sector. For the moment about 20 million people across the EU are employed in white jobs, but this number is increasing.

According to the partners experience, sometimes the workers in this sector (mainly migrants) are not aware of the opportunities they can have in terms of labour rights and even of enterprise creation. This is why, a guidance aimed mainly to foster social entrepreneurship and supplied by Public and Private sector would be useful.

In fact, entrepreneurship in Europe is not so spread as a career option. The reason for that is mainly because of a lack of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, especially among low-skilled and low-qualified people, women and migrants. Another reason is that the education systems and staff are not properly prepared to help acquiring entrepreneurial skills and to create a favorable environment to learn these skills.

Therefore, our project will focus on the professional development and re-training of trainers, educationalist, job coaches, public servants, third sector workers operating in the social sector, in order to support disadvantaged adults in education/employment, to improve the quality of services in terms of effectiveness and efficiency and to help the acquisition of entrepreneurial and legislative content by end users (low-qualified and lowskilled people in the health and care sector). With this project we will contribute to help trainers, educationalists, job coaches, public servants and third sector workers in acquiring new competences to foster the social entrepreneurship among the final beneficiaries: low-qualified and low-skilled people in the health and care sector.

Most of final beneficiaries often work without the knowledge and the protection supplied by their NA systems in terms of regular contract, therefore the Ca@Se project is aimed to:

– Supply information regarding the NA contract regulation in the field of social sector and especially of white jobs and caregivers

– Promote social entrepreneurship to reply to the need of the market.

Aims

The main aim of the project is to provide tools, procedures and training to trainers, educationalist, job coaches, public servants, third sector workers in direct contact with low-qualified and low-skilled workers in order to:

– Increase the competences of professionals working with low-qualified people operating in the health and care sector and foster their professional development on providing guidance on social entrepreneurship and to be able to support low-qualified people in the sector to develop a business plan;

– Realize in practice the assessment of non-formal and informal competencies of low-qualified people to better up their self esteem in terms of becoming entrepreneurs;

Supply information regarding the NA contract regulation in the field of social sector and especially of white jobs and caregivers;

Promote social entrepreneurship to reply to the need of the market;

– Improve the quality of services provided in terms of effectiveness and efficiency;

– Increase the employment potential of low-qualified people by providing them entrepreneurial skills.

Priorities addressed

On the basis of the project background and aims described above the CA@SE project is in line with the following priorities of the Erasmus+ call:

– It aims to develop transversal skills, namely entrepreneurship, of low-skilled and low-qualified people in the white job sector, using innovative and learner-centered approaches and to develop appropriate assessment methods of their informal non-formal competences (Horizontal priority no. 1)

– It aims to provide information on access to adult learning services, on the validation of non-formal and informal learning and career and education guidance (Field-specific priority for adult education no. 2)

The guidance desks will be maintained for at least 1 year after the project end to reach the widest possible range of final beneficiaries.

Joint staff training event

A joint staff training event will take place after the Pilot Tests on a methodology to apply in supporting low-skilled and low-qualified people in creating business plan. The methodology will be acquired during a European (international) workshop and adapted for every partner country. 2 Pilot Test participants per country will participate at the EU workshop.

Multiplier event no. 1

A dissemination event will be organized in all partner countries. During these events partners will disseminate the project products to relevant stakeholders and authorities.

Multiplier event no. 2

A Final Conference  will be organized in Spain/Pamplona at the end of the project, with the participation of all partners, members of our target group, representatives of public authorities and other stakeholders. Moreover, each partner will bring 1 person who participated at the Pilot Test, in order to facilitate the sharing of experiences within the target group (trainers, educationalist, job coaches, public servants, third sector workers). Also representatives of the final beneficiaries (low-skilled and low-qualified people working in the white job sector) will be invited to the final fair. At the final fair all the project products will be presented to the target groups and public and private authorities in the field.

During the final fair, thanks to our Spanish partner’s (ANEL) wide network, a press conference will take place with the participation of local and regional media.

Exploitation

Our main aim is to establish career guidance-desks and ongoing support with trained staff in the field of social entrepreneurship, addressed to low-skilled and low-qualified people, also after the project end on a long-term basis.

Therefore, we will make the models and tools developed during the project’s lifetime usable, reproducible and useful at European level for professionals, educationalists, public and private organizations of training and education, associations, employment agencies, etc. To meet this goal, most project products will be translated in all partner languages and will be available for free download on the project website. This website, together with the e-learning platform, will be linked to the project partners’ website as well. Like this also other organizations and staff can benefit from our products.

The career guidance desks will be maintained for at least 1 year after the project end, in order to provide a continuous support to low-skilled and low-qualified people in the white job sector. With this action we will reach a wider range of our final beneficiaries. Moreover, one year after the project end an evaluation will take place in all partner organizations, in order to see the impact of the project on the final beneficiaries, i.e. if those low-qualified people who received support from our guidance desks succeeded to start-up their business.

As most of the partners are specialized in providing training opportunities, they will continue to carry out the CA@SE training course also after to project end. Like this a wide range of educationalists, job coaches, public servants and third sector workers will be trained on how to provide guidance on business start-up to low-qualified people. The desk will be implemented in every organization involved as a permanent reference point.

Furthermore, the project’s results will be disseminated during and after the project period through partners’ networks during events, conferences, meetings, workshops, seminars but also via e-mail, on the Erasmus+ dissemination platform and by the media. This will increase partner organisations’ reputation and expertise and the awareness on the topic of the project at local, regional and national level.

The project will also help to strengthen the partnership between the participating organizations who will be able to continue cooperation in the social field in future projects.

Target group

– Trainers, educationalist, job coaches, public servants, third sector workers operating in the social sector

– Final beneficiaries of the project are low-skilled and low-qualified people working in the white job sector

Project partners

– Adult education centers

– Public bodies

– NGOs

– Chambers of commerce

– Entrepreneurs associations

– No profit associations

– Trade unions

– Organizations expert in marketing/communication