This first European Vocational Skills Week took place on 5-9 December 2016 with events in
Brussels and hundreds of activities in several Member States, EFTA and EU candidate countries
organized at national, regional and local levels.
The aim of the Week is to improve the attractiveness and image of vocational education and
training. Vocational education and training is a great option for people of all ages and prepares
students for jobs all over the world. Upskilling and training throughout life are key features to
improved job opportunities and a better integration in society. Lifelong learning enhances social
inclusion, diversity and active citizenship.
These days, different organizations show examples of excellent quality and raise awareness of
the wide range of opportunities that vocational studies can offer. This year 1521 events took
place in 45 countries. The IOC participated on this Week with an event called “Share and
reflect! European experiences at IOC (Institut Obert de Catalunya)” with the purpose of making
all their Erasmus+ projects known.
In this context, the IOC team of the Skill Up Project had the opportunity to do a presentation of the first results of our project Erasmus+ KA2 “Matching graduates’ skills and labour world
demands through authentic learning scenarios (Skill Up)” and show how we are working to
improve employment skills for young people.
Núria Vilanova and Robert Candel gave some examples of good practices in matching graduates’ skills
and labour market demands in the partners’ institutions and explained all the activities that have been
done, as for example an on-line focus group to discuss the findings on the supply and demand of skills for the employability of new graduates and a seminar called “Connecting workplace and learning in higher education”, which was included in the first Intellectual Output. They also explained the work-on-progress of the Intellectual Output 2, that is, a set of indicative
principles and guidelines on the ways of enhancing new graduates’ employability skills on HE and VET
settings from the perspective of authentic learning.
Finally, they advanced the steps to be taken in the next year of the project. They explained outputs 3 and 4, which are a MOOC in Career Counseling and Guidance, with emphasis on e-Counseling and a virtual
platform (Hub) to bring together employers’ representatives, academic personnel and career counselors to improve the preparation of students for work. These outputs will be shown at the end of the project.