Basque centres in the EMPLOY project present their progress in updating employability skills

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

At a meeting held in Sardinia, the partners in the EMPLOY project, a European initiative to improve the skills of educationalists, employment services, students and jobseekers, in which the Biscay Science and Technology Park (Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Bizkaia – PCTB) is taking part, learnt first-hand about the progress made so far in several Basque centres.

The European EMPLOY project, aimed at improving the labour market, is part of the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme of the EU Directorate-General for Education and Culture. 8 partners from 7 countries are involved in the Project, including include the PCTB and the Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri, which recently joined the park.

During the meeting in Sardinia, the project results were presented after completion of the piloting phase in 4 centres in the Basque Country, entailing the participation of about 100 people, as well as in another 3 countries in the consortium.

50 employment agencies that took part in the meeting were able to learn first-hand about the tools developed in the framework of the project. The Sardinian Regional Employment Agency organised the seminar. The EMPLOY project seeks to develop methodology to improve employability based on Design Thinking principles, which provides creative activities so that participants plan, practice and present a consistent and practical skills portfolio to future employers.

This methodology, obtained from the results of the study on skills developed in the framework of the project, has been implemented through training workshops piloted in four countries, and has ended with simulated job interviews for participants in the EMPLOY project.

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