EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND

Kick-start Your Soft Skills

Kick-start Your Soft Skills

TPI-1434
Country of submission
Call for projects
BEnl 2018 Coordinated Call - Call 409 - Transnationality III
Title in the national language
Kickstart Je Soft Skills
Acronym or short denomination
KYSS
Project submitted to the MA/IB responsible for the call
Project national number
409_7371
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Peter David

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Kathleen Harre

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Elena Van den Broeck

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Herman Van de Mosselaer

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ESF project status
Approved national project but no partners yet
Project Idea summary
Soft skills have great influence on the proper functioning of employees, both in the workplace itself and in interactions with partners and customers. Kickstart Your Soft Skills (KYSS) aims to encourage and support young adults to further develop their professional development in the field of soft skills. For young adults and job seekers it  delivers materials (e.g. an online tool) to gain insight in their soft skills. For workplace counsellors the project provides materials (and methods) to coach these young people. By extension, the tools are also likely to be used in career counselling and development of generic competences of older employees.
Problem addressed
In a rapidly evolving labour market, soft skills are - besides hard skills - indispensable. They have a huge influence on the proper functioning of employees, both in the workplace itself and in interactions with partners and customers. Research shows that young adults underestimate the importance of soft skills at the workplace. They don’t see which skills employers find important. In addition, a relevant part of the youth does not or does not adequately control some of these generic working qualities. It is therefore a challenge to encourage young people and to guide them in the development of soft skills that they need at the workplace. 
Objectives
Kickstart Your Soft Skills (KYSS) aims to encourage and support young adults to further develop their professional development in the field of soft skills. For workplace counsellors the project provides materials and methods to coach these young people. By extension, the tools are also likely to be used in career counselling and development of generic competences of older employees.
Activities
We propose the following activities for the project:
  1. the exchange of good practices in supporting the development of soft skills with the partners who contribute to the chosen objectives;
  2. analysing which soft skills are the most relevant for young employees;
  3. creating possible designs for the tools that will be developed for young adults and their counsellors to reinforce soft skills;
  4. the development of methods and tools (e.g. application development);
  5. the implementation, evaluation and adjustment of the methods and tools (e.g. pilot);
  6. dissemination of the developed methods and tools (e.g. publications, website, workshops.
Experience and facilities available
The staff members of the AP Education Research Unit are working on several research projects, dealing with issues as soft skills, dual learning, motivation, coaching of learning, collaboration with the world of work, workplace learning and 21st century skills. Two recently completed research projects, in particular ‘Lemo’ and ‘Kickstart’, were resulting in the development of online feedback-instruments. The first project resulted in the development of an online feedback-instrument for learning strategies and motivation, in the second project an online feedback-instrument for generic working qualities was developed.
Expected partners and their roles
Abroad we search for new partners to collaborate with, who have preferably a lot of expertise in the chosen challenges. In Flanders we will start to get in touch with VDAB (Flemish Public Employment Service), consulting them in our search for a good approach and a possible partnership. Dependently of the results flowing out of this contact, other transnational partners will eventually be searched to collaborate with.
Regarding the cooperation, we find it important to define the goals and actions in dialogue with the co-operating Flemish and transnational partners, and taking into account their expertise and needs. We also find it important to record the quality criteria that we have in mind for the implementation of the project.
Indicative budget for transnational activities
€41000
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End date of transnational activity
Thursday, 30 September, 2021
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