The Pathways for Graduates (PfG) project, is a European Union Leonardo da Vinci funded initiative, which aimed to increase the integration of young graduates into the labour market by producing a multilingual, multicultural training course which will allow them to acquire the competences and transferable work skills needed to open up progression opportunities either directly into employment and/or to further vocational qualifications.
A secondary aim was to make VET providers more aware of the variety of needs within the graduate population.
The following objectives were set:
• Better equip trainees for smooth integration into employment through improved workplace communication and teamwork skills
• Assist trainees to build an electronic/online career portfolio and use online career marketing tools to search and apply for jobs either locally or internationally & increase their ability to compete for jobs
• Orientate trainees in VET structures and ways to access training as a means to personal development and improved employment opportunities
• Gain an in depth understanding of the barriers facing young graduates in partner countries and the practical ways in which they can be overcome
• Transfer (including adaptation) existing training materials to create a new training resource combining classroom teaching and online content
• Ensure the high quality of the new training resource by carrying out a thorough testing process with the participation of the target group
• Promote the widespread uptake and use of the training course focusing on Universities, VET Institutions and social actors with access to graduates, and other training bodies with potential to mainstream the course, meeting
The PfG project had a very significant impact on Graduates as it assisted them to gain employment. It did this by greatly improving graduates employability through developing soft skills (communications, team work etc); improving job search skills; building a deep understanding of what employers are looking for in potential new employees; and developing interview and presentation skills.
During the life of the project more than 200 young graduates facing difficulties accessing the labour market benefited directly from completion of the course. And many thousands of young graduates thereafter.
The PfG project also had a very significant impact on Staff in Universities and VET schools that provide careers and job search assistance to young graduates, firstly by providing them with a set of trainers materials on DVD which they can use in a one to one or group classroom setting to advise and train graduates in employment skills and job search techniques and secondly, they will be able to signpost graduates to the PfG course to follow on a self-study basis.
The project was led by the University of Szczecin (Poland) who had previously worked with Springboard on the highly successful Pathways to Work project.
Springboard had lead responsibility for two work packages on the project:
- Materials Adaptation
- Quality Management & Evaluation
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