Rationale & Objectives
The general objective of this partnership is to collect and exchange best practice and information about soft skills and training opportunities and existing models of supporting methods in each of the partner countries and within a European context.
The project aims at
- Reinforcing competencies in soft skills which are crucial to a workplace in order to improve the integration of individuals, especially in disadvantaged situation, and enhance European employability.
- Promoting lifelong learning, cooperation between generations and volunteering through models of flexible support (peer coaching and mentoring).
- Rising the awareness of the necessity of developing soft skills.
- Developing and promoting tools relevant to soft skills to motivate learners and to promote their rights to achieve their full potential.
- Supporting the development of innovative technological methods of education: by developing new methodologies, material and tools for a more flexible learning environment for lifelong learning.
- Promoting diversity, multiculturalism and language learning.
- Each partner itself aims at increasing sustainability of their educational services, widening curriculum/business plan with new topics and new approaches for bigger student involvement and linking with workforce and learners in all settings.
- All organizations aims at getting involved in employee/learner volunteering in a variety of dynamic ways such as, mentoring, providing peer coaching and running seminars and workshops on soft skills.
The chosen approach: We will make field and desk research including reviewing evidence for effective learning strategies, qualitative methodology: focus groups, trend watching, as well as new wave research methods, such as netnography,examination of online communities and social media.
The steps to reach the goals are:
1. Research on 'soft skills' and identify successful peer coaching and mentoring programs.
2. Identify successful e-tools supporting these programs.
3. Identify transferable core elements of the research for success.
4. Implement these elements in the partner organizations in cooperation with learners who are in the process of mentoring or wish to get involved in peer coaching.
5. Motivate learners and staff and enable them to initiate and act as future peer coaches and mentors.
6. Disseminate the 'success stories' to all in the partner organizations, learners' communities and other educational organizations.