Competences for effective labour market entry!
COMPETE! has as general objective the development of relevant and high-quality skills and competences supporting graduates in acquiring and developing soft skills and key competences, to foster their employability and socioeducational and personal development, in order to help them be actively involved in work and social life and overcome also the problem of recent graduates that enrol for jobs for which they are over-qualified in order to get into the labour market. To reach this objective the consortium wants to create a serious game, that will train graduates and young people at risk of unemployment to acquire the so called "future skills", which are a combination of cognitive, methodological, social and digital skills.
The choice has been done because different institution at international level (e.g. The New Media Consortium), that have apped innovation processes in education and training systems, highlighted the strong potential of games in education. COMPETE! has the aim of tackling skills gaps and mismatch through design and development of an educational/serious game involving directly students and other stakeholders, mainly universities and enterprises, in the elaboration of relevant learning outcomes and design of adapted learning, teaching and assessment approach.
Project activities can be divided into 4 steps:
- Step 1: field research (O1). Project partners will elaborate data collected through questionnaires and interviews to students/graduates and entrepreneurs to detect which are the key soft skills for accessing the labour market;
- Step 2: desk research (O2). Study on gamification and serious gaming for education and training, that will give information and indications on how to develop an effective online game with educational purpose.
- Step 3: game design, development, testing and validation (O3).
- Step 4: COMPETE! training package and game manual (O4), that is a toolkit dedicated to professors and trainers, to support graduates and students approaching closure of their academic carriers in acquiring "future skills" to enter labour market in a proper way, being them also interested in developing their own enterprise.
These steps will all generate a project Intellectual Output, that will be free and accessible to everyone
interested in using tools and materials produced. Some of the numbers that describe COMPETE! project:
- No. of graduates/students involved in O1 and O4 - 300;
- No. of professors/trainers involved in O3/O4 - 30;
- No. of enterprises involved to implement O1 - 450;
- No. of university and VET organisations involved - 10;
- No. of public administrations, local authorities and non-governmental organisations - 9
Futhermore, the following RESULTS will be achieved:
- Creation of a serious/edugame that will allow a more intuitive acquisition of soft skills from graduates and teachers/trainers to have a tool that will support them in teaching this particular subject and assess the acquisition of these skills by graduates;
- Create a system of work/ a best practice for the future implementation of a wider network among university, VET organisations and enterprises to make them work together and produce effective impact for quality employment and to give a contribution in the decrease of youth unemployment rates, especially in South European countries;
- Increased capacity to work in European contexts, furthermore creating a network of organisations that could work beyond the lifecycle of the project itself by activating local/national and EU networks and exploit tools produced to be integrated in universities, VET organisations and enterprises daily work and stimulate research and work in the field to promote a more “good and equal” labour market especially for young people;
- Enlarge the opportunity for graduates to raise their skills and as consequence get aware of what are the needs and expectations of enterprises and to enter the world of work as active participant and achieve as much independence as possible;
- Favour the acquisition of soft and entrepreneurial skills by young people trying to support those who wish to make their innovative entrepreneurial ideas become a reality by increasing their skills and proximity to market.
The consortium operating in this project is composed by 9 partners (plus various associated partners) and strongly enriched by their diversity, they represent different background and countries, size, type but all joining because of the willingness to support young people in finding their way in work and social life. Project partners have been selected mainly in 3 different sectors: university, VET organisations, enterprises and their representation organisations. The choice reflects the objective of developing a network to reinforce cooperation between higher education institutions, VET organisations and employers or social enterprises on real-world problems, contributing to the increase of youth employment.