This project “Good planning, better future” has been developed by five secondary schools from Poland, Italy, Romania, Turkey and it was designed to meet the objectives of the European Commission.
Taking into account the different rates of youth unemployment in the countries participating in this project (Poland: 14.3 %; Italy: 37.9 %; Romania: 20.3 %, Turkey: 21,2 %) the need to develop something innovative is felt necessary.
In the context of increasing unemployment rates nowadays, the above results come from the difficulty of graduates to find jobs in accordance with their interests, abilities, skills or personality traits. Therefore, this project is intended to meet the needs of young European citizens in secondary schools to be guided to choose a suitable career path and make the right career choices being fully aware of their potential and having access to information regarding the general economic environment of the European labour market.
The project is established around the central concept of exchange of experience and good practices. Participants will benefit from the expertise of professionals, of the beneficiaries’ associated partners who will assist students in transferring the information and applying it to a modern and dynamic school environment.
The project focuses on the development of students’ entrepreneurial skills and offers them opportunities to connect to the labour market, local/regional/European institutions or private companies with the same scope. Students will develop their adaptability to the labour markets at local, national and EU level.
The project will last for two years and there will be two Transnational meetings at the beginning and closure of the project and four Learning/Teaching/Training Activities. There will be workshops during the student exchanges and observation and experience of the good practices in the Italian school (Good Practice 1: The developed connection between school and Labour Market in Poland) and Romanian school (Good Practice 2: Creating the training firms as real firms – Mock Companies). Those practical and useful applications will be integrated into the project activities and in the second year all the partners will apply these two actions. In every exchange there will be organized seminars given by professionals from the labour market in order to easily achieve the transition from school to work and reduction of the labour market segmentation.
The purpose of the project is international. It will create a strong synergy among the partner schools and it will provide inspiration for pupils to develop their future career path.
The project includes 2630 participants in a direct and indirect manner.
Pupils: All the project activities at local and international level will involve students as beneficiaries directly and indirectly. Approximately 1200 students/teenagers will indirectly be affected.
Teachers: Teachers will be involved both as instructors and beneficiaries by observing other schools and their education system). There will be teams of 5 teachers in each partner organization so 25 in total will take part actively in the project activities. Approximately 150 teachers/adults will indirectly be affected.
Administrative staff: They will tackle the running of the legal issues of the project, observing other school education systems and transferring good practices into the school curriculum. Approximately 36 administrative staff will be indirectly affected.
Graduated students: Questionnaires will be applied on minimum 100 students and this evaluation will offer the state of their professional working life. 500 students will be involved in total.
Parents: The number of the family members will be 300 in total and they will contribute to introducing the host country culture and tradition. Approximately 480 family members will be indirectly involved in the project.
Labour Market members: Minimum 15 members from the labour market will be involved in the project in every school.
Local community: Local community members such as university lecturers, local press, municipality, directorate of national education and PTA will help to disseminate the project to a wider community. Approximately 300 people from local community will be indirectly involved.
A positive direct effect is expected on a rate of 30% from our pupils and target groups by:
– gaining basic skills in term of entrepreneurship;
– reducing labour market segmentation;
– offering pupils opportunities to connect to the labour market through local/regional/European institutions or private companies;
– leading students to analyse their own marketability;
– increasing student flexibility and align to the concept of continuous learning and flexible career options;
– adapting to labour markets in local, national and EU level;
– providing a unique opportunity for students to acquire knowledge and deeper understanding of the cultural and linguistic diversity of the European community