Jovesólides is chairing the meeting, which brings together 25 experts from six countries as part of the European project VET-PACT, which promotes the improvement of youth employability in Europe and Latin America.
Twenty-five vocational education experts from Romania, Hungary, El Salvador, Argentina, Colombia and Spain gathered in Valencia to design an innovative curriculum that promotes a transformative learning focus and develops a new educational methodology that enhances the employability of FP students by strengthening the so-called soft skills that are increasingly important in the world of work.
For five days, the group of experts shared successful practises in their respective countries and analysed the results of each local study, which confirmed the need to develop a range of studies and a training module to help teachers in the participating countries to incorporate these soft skills into their teaching in order to increase opportunities for work integration among young students.
Based on the results of the research and the experts' input during the Valencia meeting, Jovesólides will develop a curriculum in the coming months aimed at faculty to promote transformative teaching and develop soft skills. A first training session with vocational training professionals is planned for next November so that they can then start implementing and developing the curriculum in their respective countries.
The soft skills mentioned, such as communication, empathy, creativity, teamwork, adaptation or integrity, can be the key to professional success. It addresses the personal skills that are increasingly valued and demanded by headhunting companies that have developed a dynamic for the new digital challenges. However, this perspective is hardly included in the actual curricula.
The Jovesólides association participates in the european project VET PACT for improving agreements and educative-training capacities of the faculty (EFP) by means of the transformative learning. By 2025, ten institutions from Romania, Hungary, Argentina, El Salvador and Colombia will work together to create a curriculum and training model that will help teachers in these countries to integrate soft skills into their teaching to increase work integration opportunities for young students.
The project VET-PACT is financed by Comisión Europea. You can follow all the news from the project through the hashtag #VETPACT on social media.