Erasmus + : KA1 - Youth Exchange - Programme Countries

Place: United Kingdom, London

Activity Dates: 03/12/2018 - 11/12/2018

Countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom, ,

Participants per country (incl. leaders): 5


Project Description:
In our modern society, young people are encouraged to get university degrees regardless of their dreams or future employment desires. It is as though a person without a degree has no place in the labour market. We see young people gaining degrees but still find themselves behind a long unemployment line after they have completed their university. We don’t want to devalue a university degree, but it is really enough to secure a job? Research and statistics have shown us that it is not enough, young people need to understand and develop their skills in order to meet the demands and needs of the labour market and this youth exchange will focus on exactly that, the development and enhancement of skills, soft skills and combine education in order to make young people more employable. The European Commission has identified the problems with lack of skills of young people and this is one of the main priorities of Erasmus+, in order to create the opportunities for young people to increase skills and employability. The second focus of the project is to help young people identify the labour market, understand it, its needs and how they can play an active role in the labour market. Most young people complain that they have what they need to be employed, and yet the labour market tells them that they don’t have the experience and the skills for the job. So, is there a problem with our education system? Are your schools not preparing young people for the labour market? Is it the duty of the schools to prepare us for the labour market, and if so, for which market? The project will focus on identifying skills needed for the different jobs out there and helping young people determine just how skilled they are for the jobs they are applying for and even helping them to identify sources of employment based on their skill sets. We will look at the different fields of education that our young people have chosen and also look at their life skills, their soft skills, their practical skills and other skills they might have and see how we can use these skills to make them more attractive to employers and also give them a more diverse spectrum of employment opportunities. The project will also focus on helping young people to develop and enhance these skills in order to make them more employable. This youth exchange will focus on the different skills young have or can obtain through various methods allowing them to utilise their strength and enhance the areas of their weaknesses, to give them confidence and faith that their efforts are not lost and that even in difficult times, employment opportunities are out there for those that know how to use what they already have. We will explore ourselves, finding our best talents and skills allowing us to face a challenging labour market with the tools and knowledge to become an active part of the labour market and leave youth unemployment behind us, by knowing who we are and what we can do. By matching our skills with the jobs available in the labour markets and working towards our own future. We will explore why young people don’t realise their skills and competences and work on developing and enhancing these skills. The objectives of the project are to allow young people to find their skills and competences, to combine these with their education and to increase their employability. To help young people to identify employment opportunities based on their skills and to create better awareness of the labour market needs thus allowing young people to develop their skills to meet these needs.

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"Where Do I Belong?" Youth Exchange - Romania was an experience I wish everyone could have. The project focused on many topics that we deal with on a daily basis such as migration, refugees, inequality, barriers of different kinds that we both face and place for others to overcome. All activities were interactive and challenged the participants to come up with creative ideas, solutions or performances in a short period of time. The activities were made in a way to interact with people from different nationalities, religions & backgrounds and to question all our beliefs and cultural norms. 

Everything we did was inspiring and entertaining, a way to learn by doing and a way to learn from the others. I enjoyed every single moment and strongly recommend participating to anyone who enjoys international environment and learning in unconventional ways. 

Thank you all for being who you are, sharing your thoughts and ways of doing and special thanks to the organizers who outdid themselves! :)

Maria Kovalenko from Bulgaria

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