In the context of an increasingly globalised world and rapid technological change, employers do not only merely look for technical knowledge (so called ‘hard skills’) when selecting candidates, but tend to rather prioritise those characteristics involving personality traits, such as creative thinking, communication, negotiation, flexibility, which determine so called transversal or soft skills.
Furthermore, as recognised by the Council Recommendation 22/05/2018 on key competences for lifelong learning, transversal skills are particularly relevant for the development of those key competences enabling young students to become active and responsible citizens in today’s society.
While the role of creativity and non-formal education in helping students to develop such skills has been recognised, education providers, including those in the field of VET, would highly benefit from the inclusion of such learning approaches in their school curriculum.
The Playing 4 Soft Skills project aims to address the existing gap in market demand concerning transversal skills by introducing creative learning, non-formal education and digital tools in the context of vocational education providers with the objective to enhance students’ awareness and ability to recognize and develop relevant transversal skills. More precisely, the specific objectives of the Playing 4 Soft Skills project include:
1) Enhance students’ awareness of existing soft skills by actively engaging them in non-formal learning activities and provide with useful tools and material in order to assess and further develop such transversal skills in the context of a playful learning environment.
2) Provide teachers with supportive tools and meaningful training on methodologies aimed at enhancing students’ acquisition of specific soft skills through non-formal education and equip teachers in order to act as effective facilitators during the implementation of non-formal learning activities.
The project will target current VET students (aged 14-19) and teachers working as part of VET programs across the European Union. More precisely, the Playing 4 Soft Skills project aims to reach around 1000 students and 300 teachers across Germany, Italy, Spain, Latvia, Poland and other EU countries.
The project will build on the expertise of partner organisations working in the field of non-formal education, creative learning, digital technology and innovative thinking in order to involve students both as participants and feedback providers and teachers in the role of facilitators. The project aims to benefit VET providers, teachers, educators and policy makers