KA1 – Youth Exchange

Employable Youths

According to the EU statistics “, the average rateof employment of young people who recently graduated is 84%. In RO, HU, BG and SK this rate is under the European benchmark while in CZ is just 0.8% over the average. Nowadays, the labour market requires candidates to have a well-defined level of hard skills and soft skills. From the multitude of hard skills, a candidate needs to have in order to get employed, the EU Commission makes referenceto digital competences, affirming that “in the future, 90% of jobs will require digital competences”. There is asignificant low level of digital competences among young people (14-18 years old), almost 40%, recording in the study `low` or `no` skills and those with skills seem not to have a broad set of abilities. On the other hand, abilities such as cooperation, communication, team-work, conflict management and organisational abilities are on the same level of importance when it comes to getting employed. Unfortunately, in the five partner countries, the current curricula are focusing less on these competences.

The goal of our project was to increase the level of soft skills and hard skills of 80 young people coming from Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Czech Republic, by organizing 8 days youth exchange on improving digital competences among 40 participants aged 16-19 coming from above-mentioned countries and respectively by organizing a second 9 days youth exchange on improving the level of communication, collaboration, team-work, conflict management and organisational abilities for 40 young people aged 16-19, coming from the same communities.

Objectives of the project

• Increase the level of competences for digital problem solving, digital communication, information processing, content creation and digital security among 40 young people aged 16-19 (8 from each community) by the end of A1 (first mobility-hard skills);

• Increase the level of competencesfor cooperation, communication, team-work, conflict management and organisational abilities among 40 young people aged 16-19 (8 from each community) by the end of A2 (second mobility-soft skills).;

• Increase the capacity of the five partner organisations to organize and finalize a KA1 YE and create other contexts for young people aimed to raise their level of competences to access the labour market by using non-formal and interactive methods, by the end of the project.

Have a look

Radost Deneva from Bulgaria gave an informative presentation about the ERASMUS+ program and its opportunities in front of people from different ages that were interested in her event shared on Facebook “Discover Erasmus+ for U with Radost”. The discussion was in English and in Bulgarian. It took them almost 2 hours because the guests instead of leaving wanted to learn more and more. It was such an interactive meeting! She also gave an informative presentation about the ERASMUS+ program and its opportunities in front of students from her school in Varna (High School With Foreign Language Education “Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin”). The dialogue was in English so that way both sides were challenged but they got the best of it! Radost also shared info about her experience in different schools in Varna, who aregathering weekly in order to attend a debate club at the Municipal Children Complex of the town. A lot of positive energy was spreadout through energizers and a dialogue useful for both sides.

Simona, Bulgaria:
So, last week for the European day (9th May) I decided to give some more information for the Erasmus + programand to present my experience in a project. I recently took part in the mobility in Slovakia. I am so happy I had the chance to speak infront of the public because I was able to show what I’ve learned from the project and I didn’t feel anxious as I used to feel. My classmates and my teacher quite enjoyed my presentation, asked questions and even got interested in a project for the future.

Maya, Bulgaria:
On the 13th of May at my school we celebrated Erasmus+ day. My school had been taking part in many Erasmus projects, so when my teachers realized that I will go there on my own they were really happy. I presented many of the energizers and things we do in Slovakia in front of a public with 70 people. They all were very interested in it, asked a lot of questions and said that the definitely will apply for one of the future projects. It is one great opportunity for you and your future. Try to be part of it!

The Czech republic group:
We did two presentations about our youth exchange. First at our elementary and the second one at our current secondary school. Both of these presentations we stared with energizers as we did at erasmus+. Children from elementary school didn’t really know what Erasmus+ and youth exchange means and why are students attend it, so we explained them. Then we were discussing some topics about our experience They were really excited and told us that if they will have the opportunity, they want to attend an Erasmus+ project too. People at our current school already know what Erasmus+ is and many of them also had the opportunity to find out how this programme is amazing. They got really excited about our study visit to the mine. As they know really much about Erasmus+, we talked about our project “Employable youth” deeply and shared our experiences.
All of us are glad that we could attend this wonderful place, event… We are looking forward to going to another Erasmus+ project!