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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
What the school offers
The importance of education is unquestioned in today's world. Throughout the years spent in formal education and also in non-formal and informal sector and through youth work, children and young people have the chance to develop their personal potential, acquire basic skills and qualifications, and become integrated into society at large.

Moreover, education is also a fundamental determinant of economic development. Obtaining a high-quality education gives the opportunity for young people to succeed in the labour market and find meaningful employment. In other words, education and training are essential to boost growth and competitiveness.

However, European education and training systems continue to fall short in providing the right skills for employability, and are not working adequately with business or employers to bring the learning experience closer to the reality of the working environment.

The broad mission of education and training systems is to deliver the right mix of skills to prepare young people to make a rapid and successful transition to employment. In particular through the development of
  • Transversal skills, such as the ability to think critically, take initiative, problem solve and work collaboratively that prepare individuals for today's varied and unpredictable career paths. Specially, entrepreneurial skills, because they contribute to new business creation and also to the employability of young people.
  • Basic skills. Good levels of basic skills represent the foundation for professional development and social inclusion. Specifically, reading, mathematics and science have been recognized as the core competencies to be developed in schools.
  • Language learning. In a world of international exchanges, the ability to speak foreign languages is a factor for competitiveness. Languages are important to increase levels of employability and mobility of young people, and poor language skills are a major obstacle to free movement of workers. Languages, therefore, open up opportunities to study and work abroad.
  • Increasing the quality of VET systems. VET is vital for innovation, growth and competitiveness. The value of VET, and notably dual training systems, in facilitating youth employment is now strongly acknowledged.

Some European countries already have world-class VET systems (Germany, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands), with built-in mechanisms to adapt to current and future skills needs so training is more demand-driven. They report fewer problems with skills mismatches and show better employment rates for young people, and in these countries VET education is characterised by dual systems which have a high proportion of work-based learning.

VET curricula need to be systematically renewed and modernized, and businesses, especially SMEs, must be actively involved. VET must be able to react to the demand for advanced vocational skills.
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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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