How we can help vulnerable adults get a job

There are 70 million European adults who struggle with literacy, numeracy, and digital skills. Many have a job, but still almost half of them are out of work. To help these people become more employable, Erasmus+ projects are working to support them so they can acquire the basic skills they need.

Basic competencies that are crucial to joining the workforce are still a challenging feat for 70 million European adults. To help tackle this, Erasmus+ has funded many projects that support this group in acquiring basic skills. The Autonomous Literacy Learners: Sustainable Results project aimed to boost confidence and independence in literacy learners and has successfully tested peer-learning and coaching to improve literacy skills. While numeracy learning methods based on games were created by the Math-GAMES project.

However, there are many other competences that are vital for today's job market such as autonomy, creativity, the capacity to learn on the job and team-working skills. Most adults possess some of these skills, which are often acquired in non-formal and informal settings, but they need to be recognised and validated in some way so they can be promoted to potential employers. The DesTeVa project is supporting this process with an online tool which helps to assess and present competences acquired through volunteering. You can find more examples and tools for the validation of prior learning in EPALE, the e-Learning Platform for Adult Learning in Europe.

The Erasmus+ programme also supports projects that help vulnerable adults, such as Erasmus+ Key Action 1 for adult education staff mobility project Taff on the Move, which has provided training for staff who work with vulnerable members from diverse communities in the city of Cardiff, UK.

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