The first seminar of the European Skill Up project, that took place last June 19-20th under the title “Connecting workplace and learning in higher education”, was aimed at sharing and reflecting on the project’s ongoing results. The consortium members participated actively in the seminar, and they had the opportunity to explain the progress achieved in the main axes of the project. The participants provided a good overview of good practices for authentic learning scenarios, and they pointed out the key points to enhance employability skills for new graduates.
Two keynote speakers contributed also to the seminar. Joan Miquel Verd Pericàs, director of the Sociological Research Centre on Everyday Life and Work (QUIT) and associate professor at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), focused on how employer representatives perceive graduates’ employability skills and whether higher education institutions are providing students with the skills needed for the world of work. Eva Edman Stålbrandt, senior lecturer and director of study at Stockholm University’s Department of Education and member of the project team, gave a presentation on how authentic learning approaches in higher education can enhance the employability skills of new graduates.
About the project
The purpose of the Erasmus+ Skill Up project is to bring together educational institutions and companies in response to the urgent priority established by Europe 2020 policies to promote graduates’ employability by means of strengthening ties between higher education curricula and the world of work. The project is coordinated by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and headed by Adriana Ornellas, professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, with the participation and involvement of the following consortium institutions: the Institut Obert de Catalunya (IOC), Stockholm University, the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (TH Wildau) and the Factor Humà Foundation.
The seminar was also the launch pad for the new website of Skill Up project. On this space, we will report about our main activities and we will disseminate important topics related with our project.