Projects


The aim of the VG-CLIL project is to promote the free and successful movement of workers in Europe by developing country specific employability programmes that use of a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology.

The partnership, consisting of organisations from Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom, will develop an Open Educational Resource (OER) in order to support, in terms of both vocational guidance and language training, all those people who want to have a job experience in another European country.

Therefore, the educational resource will be created in the partners’ national languages and structured as a CLIL course with gradual difficulties.

Using various forms (i.e. text, dialogues, videos, audio files, etc.), this tool will improve the  communication skills of  in a foreign language while simultaneously addressing vocational guidance/employability topics such as: how to write an effective curriculum vitae, how to write an effective cover letter, how to behave during an interview, use of social media for job search.

The training platform will be designed for adults who wish to search employment in one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom.

The project Co-ordinators are Inforef (BE).  For more information about the project CLICK HERE

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The Silver Age, Silver SAge Initiative aims to support age-sensitive approaches to Continuous Professional Development for older learners and workers.

Project No. 2015-1-UK01-KA202-0135

Across Europe demographic trends, reinforced by policies aimed at delaying retirement, are leading to an increase in the average age of the workforce. People are wanting to, or having to, work for longer than ever before.  This is a cause for concern for both employers and older workers if skills, and therefore productivity and employability, deteriorate with age.

The goal of the  Silver Age, Silver SAge Initiative (SASSI for short) is to give people the opportunity to maintain a productive working life by focusing on the updating and upskilling of this ageing workforce. It seeks to provide Trainers and Employers with a range of skills, tools and techniques to help them support older learners and workers more effectively.

For more information, visit the project website: CLICK HERE

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C'Mon EILEEN!

EILEEN stands for Enhancing Intercultural Learning in European Enterprises.

In this project we are delighted to be part of a consortium of organisations from Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Portugal and Romania looking at innovative practices in inter-cultural working and mobility in Europe.  The project, which runs until July 2016, involves:

  • a comparative needs analysis on intercultural work practices in the 8 countries,
  • development of two focused  training programmes on EU working cultures: One for professionals working in multinational companies, and the other for young people seeking an opportunity to work in another EU business culture
  • For the young people, a workplacement programme in one of the partner countries

The EILEEN project seeks to:

  • promote intercultural competences
  • promote a welcoming culture in European Enterprises
  • promote European mobility

                                                                                                                                                                                 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.  This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Self Awareness, evaluation and motivation system Enhancing learning and integration and contrast ESL and NEET

Project n° 2014-1-IT01-KA202-002472 (2014-2016)

The aim of this EU funded project is to develop and validate and innovative self-awareness, evaluation and learning personalization model, system and tools in order to prevent and support young people who are Early School Leavers (ESL) or Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). It will seek to achive these aims by simultaneously addressing:

  • the engagement and motivation of these young people by implementing effective self-awareness and evaluation tools and inclusive Learning 2.0 solutions
  • trainers guidance and learning role empowerment  by defining new pedagogical models based on: self-evaluation; learning personalization (and digital portfolio); technology enhanced environments, supporting both student learning processes and trainers knowledge sharing
  • school and iVET responsiveness by implementing stronger dynamic links between education and job market and leveraging employability competencies.

The project consortium is lead by CIOFS-FP and organisation based in Rome, Italy, with 2 other partners from Italy (CultOrale Scarl andEduCommunity), and 3 transnational partners including the Navreme Boheme from the Czech Republic, the Centro San Viatore from the Basque Country (Spain) and Apricot from the UK.

To see the project website CLICK HERE.



This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.  This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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web2jobs is a European-wide project tasked with reinforcing digital competence and bridging the worlds of education and work.  Eight partner organisations from across the EU will work together over a period of 2 years (2014-2015) to provide a Web2.0 enhanced employability learning programme for supporting mature, unemployed adults. 

What will it do?

The web2jobs project will develop and pilot a comprehensive ‘Train the Trainer’ programme for Vocational Education, Employability and Adult Education providers. The focus of the programme will be the effective use of Web 2.0 and social networking media for improving the employability of mature adult job seekers.

How will it work?

web2jobs will target particularly older Trainers who are unfamiliar and/or uncomfortable with social media and who do not currently use it to support learners.  The ultimate beneficiaries (job seekers aged 45 +) are also those who are least likely to have embraced social computing in the search for employment.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


DAISS2:Diagnostics for Enterprise Soft Skills

A Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation Project (2013-2015)

DAISS2 is a European-wide project tasked with providing a more relevant supply of soft skills to the labour market.

Responding to growing demand from employers, the DAISS2 project is focused on developing the soft skills of enterprise and entrepreneurship in order to improve the employability and job prospects of unemployed adults.

"Employability is enhanced for people “who demonstrate entrepreneurship and enterprise, an innovative approach, creativity, collaboration and risk taking.” UKCES

 The aim of this project is to improve employability and job prospects amongst unemployed adults by transferring newly developed diagnostics that assess and develop soft skills for enterprise and entrepreneurship to 5 EU countries.

Our partners will provide the opportunity to test the diagnostic in a real world environment with both individuals and VET training providers, so providing important practical evidence of its value to end users.

We will test its validity in a range of environments, along with its wider application within the EU and develop processes for sustaining its use after the end of the project.

For more information, CLICK HERE

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.  This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Without Borders

Improving Employability in Bulgaria via Soft Skills Diagnostics (This project is now complete)

The 'Without Borders' programme was part-funded by the European Social Fund 2007-2013 (Bulgaria).  It was a Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Human Resources Development Operational Programme - BG051PO001-7.0.07-0137.

The project was led by Industry Watch Group Limited of Bulgaria with Apricot (UK) and the Association of Licensed VET Providers in Bulgaria as partners.

The aim of the project was to improve employability in Bulgaria through implementing a system of innovative tools and service for diagnostics and analysis of Soft Skills, including through self-employment and entrepreneurship, as well as the adaptability of the unemployed who participate in vocational education and training.     

For more information, CLICK HERE

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.  This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

Future Prospects

The aim of this project, which ran for was to assist businesses going through a period of change, particularly where this led to redundancies.  This project was open to private businesses based in the City of Leicester, across key sectors.

Apricot worked eligible employers to develop transition plans encompassing the needs of both the organisation and the individuals facing or at risk of redundancy.

Organisations were supported with appropriate and constructive services, including outplacement services and with the aim of reducing the impact of the process.  Individuals are offered tailored development and support plans to help them secure and sustain new employment.  Both work and job-seeking skills are enhanced and may include training for relevant, nationally-recognised qualifications.


Future Prospects Funders


Up Skill

This Leicester City initiative, for which Apricot  secured funding, started in Spring 2011 and ran for 24 months.

Working within the City and with businesses employing fewer than 250 people, we particularly targeted  in key sectors of the Leicester City economy . The aim was to increase confidence, motivation and career progression in the workforce at the same time as enhancing company and local economy performance.

In partnership with Leicester City Council and the ESF, Apricot worked with these businesses to review their immediate, short- and longer-term business needs and associated workforce skills development requirements. 

Demand-led training, coaching and mentoring programmes were then devised for target employees. There was an emphasis on marrying organisational objectives and the individual’s aspirations – whilst working towards appropriate, nationally recognised qualifications.

The project is now closed.

Up Skill Funders


Key Worker

Launched in Spring 2011 and spanning 36 months, this successful project saw Apricot working with micro businesses and small, medium and social enterprises in Lincoln City, West Lindsey and North Kesteven in order to develop labour-force skills and stimulate the local economy.

Organisations in priority sectors were able to access funding to assess organisational needs and develop and implement a corresponding action plan. Key workers were identified who, through a variety of business-focused training activities, benefited from a range of programmes that developed their skills, confidence and career prospects as well as contributing to their employers’ business aims, performance and competitiveness.

Further support was available for key workers aged 16-19 who were identify as having learning difficulties or learning disabilities.

This successful project was completed in September 2014.  

Key Worker Funders

 

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DAISS (Job Matching Diagnostics for Assessing Soft Skills and Work Role Preferences) was a European wide project that is tasked with providing a more relevant supply of soft skills to the labour market.

Through the DAISS project, which ran for two years  (2011-2013), we adapted and transferred an effective soft skills diagnostic and job-matching tool, testing its validity in a range of environments and widening the markets for its use.  The impact of the project has been sustained through the development of complementary new projects and commercial income delivered by the EU partners. 

Soft skills are essential to support the recruitment and retention process, leading to greater employment sustainability. Identifying and matching soft skills provides an effective tool for career progression, succession planning and talent management and encourages greater self-awareness of preferred working and learning styles.

Benefits:

Our partners were provided with the opportunity to test the diagnostic tool in a real world environment with both individuals and employers, so providing important practical evidence of its value to end users.

The project:

  • Was a test-bed for the existing Self Awareness web based diagnostic and job-matching tools. 
  • Resulted in the translation and adaptation of the diagnostic so that it could be used in 7 different EU countries and languages.
  • Resulted in a greater understanding of the importance of soft skills in employers' recruitment decisions and whether this varies from country to country
  • Provided findings to inform the nature and extent of soft skills in VET programmes.
  • Provided new insights into the extent to which different soft skills are valued by employers in different European countries
  • Tested the transferability of the diagnostic tool and job-matching to other countries and labour markets

    VET teachers, trainers and tutors gained:

    • a better understanding of employers needs in terms of soft skills
    • greater insight into the preferred working and learning styles of individuals within the target groups
    • more relevant labour market information to inform the development of vocational and employability learning programmes

    The project finished in December 2013, however, for more information about the outputs and impact of the project please visit the DAISS Project website: CLICK HERE


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