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The module focuses on the relation between the school world and the labour market, and what are the tools in both worlds that help young students to build their professional profile before entering the labour market.

World of work

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Chapter 1: Introduction
School system and job market
The European Union has highlighted several times the need of ensuring smooth transitions between the world of education, training and employment as a fact of competitiveness. This is not an easy question, as it requires creating effective links between these sectors. Many efforts are being made, both by the European Commission, and by the Member States, but there is still a lot of work to do.

Nowadays, labour markets are moving into a dynamic and complex context, where the need for better match of training and jobs is highly important. That is why many countries are working on the better understanding of labour market needs and skills matching, and building bridges between the school system and the job market.

To this end, the European Union and also all the 28 Member States, have taken several measures to improve a close collaboration between both worlds and to bring positions closer. These measures involve a wide range of stakeholders, from policy makers in the education area, to education institutions, companies, career guidance services or social partners among others.

Besides, the EU is strongly supporting the education and training systems of the Member States through the European Structural and Investment Funds and in particular through the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund, which finance a broad range of projects on education. In the programming cycle 2014-2020, the total budget committed for education projects amounted to 33.9 billion euro.

Thanks to these projects, 3.2 million young people will be able to benefit from improved education and childcare infrastructure. This investment will lead to better access to good quality education and reduction of early school leaving, as well as improved and modernized education and training systems needed for updating skills and qualifications, up-skills of the labour force, and creation of new jobs.
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Date: 2016.09.13

Posted by Jūratė Grigaitytė - Lithuania

This part is relevant because it helps and motivates professional teachers to help students discover themselves and find the right workspace. This is relevant because the lack of motivation is characterized by not only students but also teachers. It is relevant, clearly presented and structured.

Date: 2016.09.02

Posted by Christine CLOES - Belgique

I would like to highlight another important key role of the company tutor who can help the student identify his/her professional profile. Supporting the student during all the internship lifetime, the company tutor can help the student become aware of his/her strengths and weaknesses, which is one of the most difficult tasks for the student!

Date: 2016.07.07

Posted by Elizabeth David - France

The module about the world of work is quite interesting because it creates a link between the real world and the reality of the job market.

Date: 2016.07.07

Posted by I. Jacquard - France

It would have been interesting to draw a comparison between the different kinds of apprenticeship throughout Europe.

Date: 2016.07.07

Posted by Didier Cahour - France

It seems more and more important to create links between school and work.

Date: 2016.07.06

Posted by Elena Mihailovici - Romania

This module focuses on students’ transition from school to work by defining the relation between school and work in terms of what their offer and what problems that may arise. The module provides teachers and counsellors with tools and mechanisms available for young people to make a successful and smooth transition from school to work. The module also gives information about the most wanted professional profiles on the European job market as well as about the transversal skills that companies and recruiting services take into consideration when selecting human resources. Teachers and counsellors can find great examples that they can use with their students.

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