INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM FOR ADULT LEARNERS ON SOFT SKILLS Erasmus Project

General information for the INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM FOR ADULT LEARNERS ON SOFT SKILLS Erasmus Project

INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM FOR ADULT LEARNERS ON SOFT SKILLS Erasmus Project
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Project Title

INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM FOR ADULT LEARNERS ON SOFT SKILLS

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for adult education

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Open and distance learning; Recognition (non-formal and informal learning/credits); New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses

Project Summary

ICARO project main objective is to improve the employability of long-term unemployed adult learners through the development of a global methodology, based on an innovative online curriculum on soft skills for adult learners. Given the current instability in the labour market, this group should regularly enhance their personal and professional skills and competences, particularly those low-skilled and low-qualified. ICARO designed a customised training path adapted to the needs of each participant in order to get their (re)integration in labour market.

On the other hand, ICARO improved the training of adult educators / employment officers working with this group. One key success factor of ICARO methodology is that adult educators were appropriately trained to reproduce the methodology with long-term unemployed people.

ICARO counted on a multi-agent partnership; 6 organizations with complementary skills: a public authority in charge of employment and training policies; a public adults’ education centre; a NGO working with disadvantaged groups; an university with experience in designing training curriculum, a chamber of commerce representing business sector and an international network to ensure the visibility and impact of its outputs. In addition, partners came from 6 EU countries at different stages of development (Spain, Ireland, Germany, Lithuania, Belgium and Greece). This diversity facilitated policy-learning which is an important added-value.

Each partner created a Local Action Group (5 in total) with more than 50 stakeholders related to training for employability. Educational entities, Teachers from vocational training schools, NGOs, SMEs, Human resources responsibles, employment and training civil servants and policy makers, etc. participated on six-monthly meetings, where they were updated about the ICARO project progress and gave inputs according their experience to its outputs.

During the project lifetime, the partnership produced the following intellectual outputs (IO):
• IO1: Transnational Report on accredited tools/programmes on soft skills for adult learners
• IO2: Soft skills Assessment Toolkit – Personalized and Customized Service Strategy
• IO3: Training curriculum on soft skills for unemployed adult learners
• IO4: Handbook for Adult Educators
• IO5: Blended learning programme “From home to work”
• IO6: Accreditation
• IO7: Case Studies
6 Multipliers events (ME) national dissemination seminars took place in all partner countries. Belgian event was in Brussels. It was ICARO final conference and had the participation of relevant European bodies.

ICARO Project had an impact on the participating adult learners who improved their employability as well as in relevant educational and employment stakeholders, who extended their knowledge of soft skills development to increase employability. That is the case of Ireland, whose Further Education and Training strategy put Soft skills high on its agenda, but needed training experiences as ICARO to materialized it. Kaunas (LT) local policy makers have considered after ICARO to recommend employability services to send unemployed persons to soft skills courses. At European level, ICARO Blending Learning Programme was promoted among European Commission officers (DG EMPL and EAC), and other stakeholders working on Adult Education (EAEA, ICAE).

There are organizations planning new editions of ICARO “From home to work” blended training programme what demonstrate the transferability of the project. Job Centre in Hamburg foreseen its implementation by Spring 2020. The city of Murcia will implement the programme in March 2020 and members of LAG asked for future replicability.

ICARO Project has improved the capacity of partners organizations. HVHS (DE) has now a training tool that include not just one but a wide range of soft skills to be used by the adult learners they attend. SEF (ES) users will also enjoy that tool, as several units will be available at their online training platform FORMACARM soon. SIF (LT) offers Soft Skills training as well. DCU (IE) adds ICARO as practical example of Soft Skills training in its educational degrees. TIHC (GR) will include soft skills as learning outcomes of their “train the trainers” courses. EfVET (BE) facilitates ICARO results among its members.

Main output of ICARO project, online training platform, will be available until 2024. German, Greek and Spanish partners will maintain it afterwards. There is a contact person for each language version that will facilitate access to those organizations that request it. The rest of outputs can be downloaded in ICARO website and in E+PRP. Soft skills training will be high on agenda and included in future trainings of all partners during the following years. Job centers, local authorities, NGOs, training centers for young unemployed people and Prison education sector will also use ICARO materials to improve its training offer. These can be considered principal long-term be

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 203303 Eur

Project Coordinator

SERVICIO REGIONAL DE EMPLEO Y FORMACION DE LA REGION DE MURCIA & Country: ES

Project Partners

  • SOCIALINIU INOVACIJU FONDAS
  • EUROPEAN FORUM OF TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
  • KEK TEHNIKES SHOLES EPIMELITIRIOU IRAKLEIOU
  • Hamburger Volkshochschule
  • DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY