In the period from 01.10.2019 – 30.09.2021, the Lifelong Learning Center will be working as a partner on the new project: Assessing Competences for Reintegration – CORE, financed by Erasmus+ program, key action 2 – strategic partnerships for adult education.

The German Institute for Adult Education - Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning is a coordinator of this project and the other project partners are: Association for Competency Development S.K.I.L.L.S, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Laris, Serbia and Andragogical Institute Ljudska univerza Velenje, Slovenia.

The overall objective of this project is helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young adults find their way back into education and/or employment using the ProfilPASS tool for competence assessment.

Youth unemployment is a pressing issue in the EU and beyond. In 2016, more than 6.3 million young people (i.e. 15-24 years) were neither in employment nor in education or training (NEETs) in the EU. In some EU candidate countries, especially in the North Macedonia, the proportion of NEETs is even higher, as it is in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Youth unemployment often affects the target group of vulnerable and disadvantaged young adults, including socially marginalized groups such as Roma. A major reason for unemployment in this group is that they are alienated or prevented from attending or finishing formal education. Thus, they often cannot provide a proof of their competences in the form of formal qualifications. It is particularly important for this group to have their informally and nonformally acquired competences assessed and recognized. This will help them find a job that best suits their competence profile and increase their self-esteem and empower them to take part (again) in the social and economic life.

For this, the ProfilPASS tool for competence assessment developed by the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Center for Lifelong Learning will be adapted to the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged young adults.

The ProfilPASS supports the systematic identification and documentation of skills and competences - independent of how and where these skills were acquired. With the help of a professional counsellor, the tool helps recognizing skills and competences. The ProfilPASS-system is based on the idea that each person has developed competences in their life that are the basis of their acting in everyday life. It also starts from the assumption that people learn mostly in informal environments like family, voluntary work and through coping with challenges of their lives. The fact that all human beings have competences and that all competences are valuable regardless where they have been acquired is an important underlying idea of the ProfilPASS.

The ProfilPASS has been the center of various EU projects and was translated and successfully implemented in several EU countries. Work with the ProfilPASS helps in revealing and documenting hidden competences. CORE will adapt parts of the original ProfilPASS for Young People and develop additional material in order to meet the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable young adults. Complementary to this, a toolkit will be developed in which already existing tools for competence assessment suitable for the target group will be collected in all partner countries and systematically compiled. The adapted ProfilPASS will form the core of this toolkit. The ProfilPASS is a self-evaluation tool helping people reflect on themselves which can be a challenging process. Therefore, the help by a professional counsellor is an essential precondition for working with the ProfilPASS successfully. CORE does justice to this by focusing on a second main objective, the development of counsellors’ competences. Through accompanying material to the toolkit and training, counsellors will be supported and professionalized in their work with vulnerable and disadvantaged young adults. As accompanying material, a manual for counsellors will be developed in which information and guidelines on working with the toolkit and the adapted ProfilPASS materials will be provided. A specialized training curriculum will be set up summarizing guidelines and content for a training of new counsellors on the basis of previous successful training design and delivery in this countries. Overall, 15 new counsellors (3 in each partner country) will be trained for applying the toolkit and the adapted ProfilPASS materials. The trained counsellors will use the materials by conducting a competence assessment with overall 100 young adults (20 in each partner country) in a testing phase. The participants of the testing phase will benefit from the competence assessment and will be supported in finding a job or an educational program that suits their competence profile. Both the training and the testing phase will be evaluated and the results will be used for making final revisions to the project outputs.

CORE pursues two main objectives which will be achieved through the development of two intellectual outputs: the toolkit for competence assessment (incl. the adapted ProfilPASS materials) and the accompanying materials to the toolkit (manual and curriculum). These outputs will be made available as OER in all partner languages and in English ensuring that all interested stakeholders throughout Europe (and even worldwide) can use the products, also after the completion of the project. Disadvantaged and vulnerable young adults can benefit from professional competence assessment in a long term meaning that their (re-)integration into the labour market and into society is facilitated. Counsellors will be provided with useful tools and material for their work with this target group but also with other clients and their counselling work will be professionalized. 

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