Addressing Youth Unemployment through Soft Skills Coaching Programmes

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YUSS is a two year project under the Leonardo Da Vinci Transfer of innovation program. The partners of this project come from six different countries (Spain, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Portugal, Austria) and have diverse experience with different historical and cultural backgrounds which will give the opportunity for a wide range of different approaches to the solution of the project’s tasks.

This project seeks to address the problems that young people have to face in order to access to their first job when exiting the education system, facilitating their adaptation in a new labor market where key competences in soft skills have become essential criteria to be employed. Key competences should be acquired by young people when finishing their education before entering working life, forming a basis for further learning. Therefore, investment in such skills for professional/educational organizations and employers is essential for younger people in order to facilitate access to employment and activate human capital towards increasing levels of skills attainment, innovation and dynamism.

Globalization, the economic recession and the technological revolution are some of the main factors that have substantially changed our society and labour market’s needs. Processes towards labour market insertion are more and more demanding and the structure and features of job positions have changed. In order to face these challenges, it is important to detect which competences employers are looking for in candidates when recruiting, to offer the right policies related to employment and VET. “Soft competences” are strongly valued, such as interpersonal and social competences. They are considered as fundamental personal skills, enabling people to adapt, react and cope in different situations concerning their job position. These qualifications are fundamental to build a knowledge-based society, in line with a changing labour market.

The general objectives of the project are:

  • Support young people in transition from the educational system to access to employment, through the acquisition and use of knowledge, competences and qualifications that promote their personal development and their active participation into the labour market.
  • Find new solution to fight against youth unemployment in Europe.
  • Contribute to develop social and interpersonal competences in changing working environments.
  • Improve the quality and innovation of the vocational and educational training system introducing contents for trainings based on the identification, promotion and valorisation of key social and interpersonal competences in active young adults.
  • Promote the implementation of regular coaching programmes and the creation of new trainings on key competences in “soft skills” for workers.