This Training has ended
This training is inspired …
… by the positive outcomes from a pilot project and training course entitled DEAL – Develop, Empower, Achieve, Learn. It focused on youth workers either already working in the field or interested in supporting young people in developing their employability skills. We realised there was a further need for working on competences development, we decided to improve on the previous idea so as to disseminate its outcomes further and add new, greater value to what has already been achieved through the dissemination of practices through the supporting organisations.
As a result, we have created a new long-term, multi-measure educational opportunity which we hope will add greater value to the European body of youth work by generating new idea, tools and subsequently upgrading skills of the youth workers and youth leaders involved.
Although the main issues covered by the project relate to young people, the project and its successive activities are aimed at those who see themselves as potential multipliers and wish to act as the facilitators of change. In particular, the course is targeting those working (volunteers and/or employed staff) actively with young people, preferably unemployed, coming from rural or less developed areas, whose primary motivation is to learn new as well as exchange ideas about already existing tools and methods to be used when supporting the skills development among young people.
AIM AND OBJECTIVES
The overall aim of the project is to create a hub for employability and personal development tools, methods and practices to be used by those working with young people (in any capacity: formal, non-formal, vocational, etc.) so as to support them in pursing diverse career prospects. This aim will be achieved by means of fulfilling the following objectives:
- Improving the participants’ competences required in facilitating personal and professional development of young people they work with
- Providing space for sharing of experiences and good practices in the subject matter (here in particular: development of key life and employability skills)
- Gaining first-hand experience in a number of personal and professional development tools
- Empower participants in acting as multipliers so as to build up to the experience gained during the project and having it spread to relevant stakeholders afterwards
- Exploring possibilities for future cooperation among participants and partner promoters engaged.
So as to achieve better and more sustainable results as well as to support participants in their practical implementation of competences gained, the following project has been divided into three distinct stages:
- Training course
- Consolidation seminar
POTENTIAL COMPETENCES TO BE ACQUIRED
Due to the long-term nature of the project, the array of educational competences to be acquired is vast and diverse. Therefore, the list compiled below forms just a sample of what is expected to be developed:
- identifying main issues positively or negatively affecting young people in the labour market nowadays as well as analyzing the different means of either combating or promoting these (depending of the nature of the issue);
- underlying principles of what capacity building as well as personal and professional development are about, exploring their foundations (e.g. psychological, neuro-linguistic) and usefulness in building employability skills
- understanding the need for personal development and how to encourage youth organisations and fellow youth workers to apply these to personal/professional/organisational activities, etc.
- Exchanging, learning and creating tools and methods used in supporting the development of employability skills among young people (e.g. understanding of the different learning styles, emotional intelligence, coaching and NLP, developing motivation, etc.)
- Better understanding of volunteering, entrepreneurship and support of entrepreneurial initiatives around Europe as the means to encourage the development of employability skills by undertaking own profit or non-profit initiatives (country sharing), etc.
- development of soft skills and putting into practice knowledge gained during the project. Active engagement in all stages of the project is likely to help in increasing participant’s communication skills, leadership, conflict management skills, team-work and problem-solving, meta-cognitive skills, etc. The real test of their abilities will be put in practice during the second stage of the project, where back home participants will be asked to use the different tools when working with young people.
- development of ‘can do’ attitude! Also, by working in multinational groups and through structured cross-cultural learning activities and games, we would expect participants’ attitudes to become more tolerant and open as knowledge and skills develop.
ACTIVITY 1: TRAINING COURSE
it will take place in Worcester and will gather 34 participants and staff members coming together to gain skills, knowledge and develop necessary attitudes related to supporting young people in working on their personal development and further increasing employability skills. The very training will be based on the principles of learning by doing where those attending will have the opportunity to step into the shoes of their learners and try out some of the personal and professional development tools upon themselves. This experience will be crucial when carried forward to the successive stages of the project. Finally, participants will benefit from the presence of external experts who will shed light on the latest developments within area such as: coaching, neuro-linguistic programming, developmental psychology, etc.
ACTIVITY 2: PRACTICE
Back home participants will have a few months to implement the new tools, methods, ideas, etc. learned during the training course. These could be used either with young people directly or further disseminated among those working with youth (teachers, trainers, job centre staff, etc.). Here, participants will be continually supported and, where applicable, coached by the trainers involved in the project.
ACTIVITY 3: CONSOLIDATION SEMINAR
It will take place in Birmingham between – and will be aimed at both evaluating the achievements and challenges of the past months, as well as looking at the ways of improving human and organisational capacity building of young people and youth organisations through new and innovative personal development tools. Here, participants will have the chance to share their own experience of using the tools learned during the training course and propose new ones. Also, seminar is envisaged as a space for developing future partnerships among those involved. These will be based on the ideas already developed within the project lifetime.
Methodology used during the project will be based on the principles of non-formal education (e.g. experiential learning, cooperative learning, shared responsibility, etc.). These will be enriched with numerous practical examples of projects that have brought about change and success in the subject areas covered by the project activities.
In brief, the following working methods will be devised:
- Plenary discussions for sharing and exchange of views, thoughts, ideas, etc.
- Multimedia presentations, for information transmission and theoretical analysis.
- Simulation exercises for skills development.
- Work in small groups for the sake of sharing and developing cooperation.
- Workshops for detailed exploration of specific issues (such as learning styles, personal development plan, job interview, tools etc).
The planned activities and working methods have been selected according to the principles of non-formal learning. Therefore they are highly participative, cooperative and rather self-reflective. Several learning opportunities have been predicted and designed and surely incalculable others will occur through interaction, co-existence and cooperation.