The gap between the fast-paced demands for new skills in the European labour markets and the slow pace of the diverse European educational systems to meet these demands persists. At the policy level, the solutions are ambitious: the 2014 “Education and Training Monitor”, calls for all learners in all European countries to be equipped with the required skills to successfully participate in society and the labour market. Specifically, the report calls for: a) strengthening the quality and relevance of Higher Education programmes, focusing on boosting graduates employability; b) involving employers in the development and quality assurance of programmes as a means for linking more closely the worlds of education and work; c) combining innovative pedagogies with an effective use of digital tools and content to foster more innovative methods of learning, and far-reaching access to learning resources and learning opportunities.
Skill Up tackles these issues head on. Through the transnational strategic cooperation between five partners from three European countries (Spain, Sweden and Germany), we engage Higher Education and VET faculty, career counsellors, undergraduates, Alumni and employers’ stakeholders to create real, practical, scalable ways to enhance new graduates’ employability skills by improving the connection between the curricula and the demands of the labour world. Our specific objectives are:
- Map best practices in matching graduates’ skills and labour market demands through authentic learning scenarios in partners’ HE settings.
- Improve soft and hard employability skills of undergraduates by means of designing, developing, applying and evaluating authentic learning scenarios in various HE and VET programmes identified by partners as priorities.
- Enhance access to career counselling and guidance services for undergraduates by training tutors in Career Counselling with emphasis in e-Counselling by means of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).
- Implement and promote a virtual environment that acts as a hub for attracting stakeholders offering guidance to labour market newcomers and real hands-on experiences in professional world as part of students learning.