This project looks at good examples of strong working relationships between employers, training providers and job centres, and asks are the skills of job seekers are meeting the demands of employers.
Studies across Europe have identified a major gap between the skills of career starters and the demand of employers in all EU member states. The transition between education and training to employment is a difficult one for many young people, and employers are finding that there is a severe lack of candidates with the right competences to be immediately effective in the labour market.
All the partners involved in the Viable Ways project have a vested interest in the shortage of skilled workers in their regions. Whether it’s due to an ageing population, high unemployment, young people not choosing to train in growing sectors, or a mismatch in thinking between the education system and industry, each organisation is seeking new and creative methods that can be adapted to meet the needs of their own situations
The overall aims:
- Targeting career starters and supporting them to enter the labour market
- Promoting vocational training that answers employer demands
- Reducing youth unemployment
- Strengthening the relationship between trainers and employers
- Producing a Guide targeted at careers advisers, organisations and young people
- Transferring good practice and building it in to our own organisations where possible
The Viable Ways project partners consider better communication and collaboration between VET providers and labour markets as key to addressing the skills shortage problem. Activities which already put this idea into practice have been explored in each region – partners attended four transnational meetings (one per country), visiting exemplary organisations and getting to grips with the national systems and contexts.
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