|TCA Title in another language||
Generieke en Ondernemende Soft Skills
MAs approval status:
Project budget for transnational cooperation: € 41000.00
MAs approval status:
Project budget for transnational cooperation: € 36100.00
Total TCA budget for transnational cooperation: € 77100.00
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|Rationale & objectives||
In a rapidly evolving labour market, soft skills are - besides hard skills - indispensable. Soft skills have a significantly high influence on the proper functioning of employees and entrepreneurs, both in the workplace/business itself and in interactions with partners/organisations and customers. There is a growing need for new ways of lifelong learning and for the development of new multidisciplinary skills in order to keep up and anticipate the new demands of the changing labour market.
In the 21st century employees and of course especially entrepreneurs need self-managing skills and attitudes. The project focuses on the generic and the entrepreneurial soft skills.
Especially young employees and entrepreneurs don’t always realise which skills employers and the business market perceive to be important. In addition, a significant part of them is not adequately able to regulate some of these generic and entrepreneurial working qualities. Soft skills have a great impact on the well-being of employees and entrepreneurs and mastering them leads to better coping with work, a longer working career and/or more successful business activities.
There are already assessment tools available for diagnosing skills, but only assessment tools in a commercial setting. There is a lack of adequate and free professional consultancy concerning soft skills to support students, jobseekers and start-ups. There are no non-commercial guidance tools that aim and support the development of soft skills.
The partners perceive a need for tools that can already be used in higher education in the guidance of young adults, e.g. during internships and work-based learning. With these tools, the partners would be able to prepare young adults faster, better and wider on soft skills that are indispensable for proper functioning at the workplace or to start their own business.
Another problem that needs attention in these matters is gender equality. Through the development of a self-assessment tool and a training methodology/platform, the partners will proactively pay attention to gender mainstreaming.
Although the partners formulate their target groups differently, they are sufficiently similar to justify a collaboration with regard to this soft skills project. Each target group can benefit from the self- assessment tool and the platform that will be developed. For instance: the Bulgarian partner will focus on candidate entrepreneurs/employees in micro, small-sized enterprises or institutions and the Belgian partner will focus on students and jobseekers entering the labour market for a job as employee or entrepreneur.
The self-assessment tool and platform can also be used by the intermediary target group of jobseekers' supervisors and all kind of consultants, coaches and mentors of employees at the workplace and of students in internships and workplace learning.
Partners will form a strong synergy through transnational cooperation in terms of exchange of experience, best practices and models for self-assessment tools, skills development, non-formal education, supporting (self-)employment, future skills development, generic soft skills and entrepreneurial soft skills and organisational development through service design and design thinking.
Each partner brings a complementary expertise and experience to the transnational cooperation:
AP: expertise and experience regarding self-assessment tools concerning soft skills, learning competences and learning motivation, talent development, curriculum design teams.
Fabrika360: expertise and experience in non-formal education and training, consultancy in service design, design thinking, digital platform development.
Common transnational objectives of the partners
This project aims to encourage youngsters and adults by means of an assessment-tool and effective (self)coaching methods to further develop their generic and entrepreneurial soft skills, enhance their employability and labour integration. Together, the partners will adapt and build upon their best practices through coaching methods and service design and the development of the right skillset to enter the labour market or to start a business. The partners will share expertise, models and good practices and test each other’s models. The combination of different cultural perspectives will provide more than just sum of its parts in collaborative learning and developing. It will produce new also competences and skills for organisational development.
In the development of the different materials attention will be paid to gender equality, e.g. through a gender-sensitive wording of explanations, feedback and feedforward.
Products, outputs, intended outcomes
In general: all these tools and methods aim to support the development of generic and entrepreneurial soft skills. Where Bulgaria will focus on the tools and methods in order to support entrepreneurial soft skills, Belgium will focus on the tools and methods in order to support non-entrepreneurial and generic soft skills. The development of these tools and methods is subject to a permanent exchange of ideas between Bulgaria and Belgium.
Added value of transnational activities
Each partner possesses a unique complementary expertise which when combined will bring a powerful solution for training soft skills also in an entrepreneurial context.
|Work programme and working methodology||
Planned transnational activities
1.Knowledge exchange and start to determine the soft skills for which the partners will develop an online an assessment-feedback tool and coaching methods, incl. consortium meeting 1, Antwerp / March-Apr 2019
When selecting the generic and entrepreneurial soft skills the partners consider to take into account:
Collaborative work: March-July 2019
As introduction/preparing for next meetings:
2. Exchanging existing feedback tools and practices in supporting the development of soft skills incl. consortium meeting 2, Bulgaria/ July-August 2019
Collaborative work: August-November 2019
Developing a validated questionnaire
The participating partners in this action work together to collect and choose existing validated scales for the chosen generic and entrepreneurial soft skills and / or to develop new scales and validate them. This transnational activity will be carried out partly task-sharing.
The intended final result is a validated questionnaire with attention for gender mainstreaming.
3. Creating concept and design for the online feedback tool
& putting together the results of gender analysis of the selected soft skills, incl. consortium meeting 3, Antwerp/ December 2019
The partners create a concept and design for the online assessment and feedback tool and define the concept of the digital platform that they will develop.
The finally chosen concept and design for the online feedback tool can vary between partners depending the chosen target group. The partners also exchange ideas and realisations of layout.
This meeting is prepared by
Collaborative work: December 2019-March 2020
The application development for the self-assessment tool itself, potentially by each country separately.
Write feedback and tips that can be used in the online assessment and feedback tool
Collect, select, create training and coaching methods for soft skills
Content creation for the digital platform
1.for users: to self-develop self-chosen (generic and entrepreneurial) soft skills
2.for teachers, tutors, counsellors, etc.: giving ideas how to support the development of (the chosen) generic and entrepreneurial soft skills
4. Developing and exchanging training and coaching methods for the development of soft skills. Jointly creating feedback and tips for coaching personal development of generic and entrepreneurial soft skills, incl. consortium meeting 4, Bulgaria, April 2020
Collaborative work May-August 2020
5. Demo of the products - optimize. Jointly starting to formulating recommendations on the importance of soft skills and on the use of the implemented tools to strengthen soft skills, incl. consortium meeting 5, Bulgaria/ September 2020
Collaborative work October-November 2020
6. Consortium meeting 6, Antwerp/ Dec. 2020
(End of project period for the Bulgarian partner)
Report with recommendations on
Time schedule for milestones, outcomes and events
|Organisation & decision-making||
Each partner has experience in similar and complementary fields of activities such as developing learning methodologies, delivering training in generic and entrepreneurial soft skills and innovation and employability support. Each partner has the responsibility to organize and deliver part of the TCA in coordination with the other partners.
AP University college takes up the coordination role in this project.
A Steering Committee will make sure the project activities are planned and implemented duly and timely. The members of the committee will communicate via email, webinars and shared cloud space to share all kinds of information, plans, minutes of meetings and webinars, working tools and criteria for the results, draft, interim and final result. This Committee also meet at each consortium meeting: before, during and/or after the planned days for the consortium meetings to discuss the common activities and to take decisions. The working language is English and the platform will be developed in English. In addition each partner might translate and disseminate the results in their national language.
|Date of signature of TCA||
Wednesday, 28 November, 2018