The competence subject is a key item in the policy and learning environment programmes of the European Community and very often it is one of the main topics in the discussion and programming agendas. Very recently (March 2014) Cedefop organisation launched a survey “European Skills Survey (eu-SKILLS)”, with the scope to better understand what are the competences preferred by the labour market and how they are utilized. Cedefop will present the survey’s findings in 2015. From the European Community policy perspective, the initiative "New Skills for New Jobs", inside the "Europe 2020" development strategy, aims to:
> promote better anticipation of future skills needs;
> develop better matching between skills and labour market needs;
> bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work.
Particularly significant for this project (LEVER) is the item “Forecasts by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)”.
It defines the eight key competences that everyone should have to thrive in a knowledge society:
1. communication in the mother tongue;
2. communication in foreign languages;
3. mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology;
4. digital competence;
5. learning to learn;
6. social and civic competences;
7. sense of initiative and entrepreneurship;
8. cultural awareness and expression.
The rationale of this project is focussed on the mutual, shared recognition of these eight key competences, in particular:
> the communication competences;
> cultural, social and civic;
> learning competences and social entrepreneurial skills.
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The general scope of the project is summarized in its title: "Modelling informal learning and transversal competences in the voluntary service experience to increase employment and mobility of citizens - LEVER". Therefore, we intend to begin with a European survey to measure the level of awareness on this opportunity, expressed by the voluntary service world and the world of work. Namely, the opportunity to consider the voluntary service as a non-formal learning setting, where young people as well as adults can improve their skills, to be validated and certified; consequently, the rotation of work - voluntary work outside the company, as an alternative way of training and learning, recognized by employers and even by schools; hence, the assignment of credits to voluntary service itself as a reality in the near future. The purpose is then to collect good practices and examples to feed a shared model of competence/transversal skills certifications, in line withy EUROPASS (and even coherent with the new EU Parliament directive on non-regulated professions, 2013/55/UE), fostering the virtuous connection between the informal education environment (voluntary environment) and the profit environment, with a special focus on the Small and Medium sized enterprises against the large multinational companies; and provide common guidelines to implement the model and the approach. The project will also stimulate young people and the community to recognize the volunteering experiences as a valid practice for young people personal development and to increase the social unity where they live.