European economies have recovered to varying degrees from the economic and financial crisis of 2008 but the effects on labor market dynamics in many EU Member States have proved profound and lasting. Persistent lack of employment opportunities, especially among the low-skilled individuals, may lead to serious long-term consequences. Growing social exclusion, disengagement from the labor market and under-use of human resources can lead to permanently lower potential growth. More generally, improving and maintaining high-level skills and workforce competences is essential to ensure that Europe remains competitive and innovative against increasing global competition, fast-changing labor market needs and demographic challenges. Policy-makers have long recognized the importance of skilled human capital for economic and social development and there is broad consensus on the vulnerability of the low-skilled. Тhe low-skilled individuals are now clearly at the top of the European policy agenda. The specific action of the European Commission “Upskilling pathways: new opportunities for adults” supports Member States in ensuring that every European acquires a minimum level of skills necessary to realize his talent and potential fully.
European countries are challenged by the low basic skills of unemployed people. The new technologies and different innovative learning models are very important drivers for a change in our society. We created a digital innovative tool aiming to help to avoid the risk of socio-economic exclusion of low-qualified individuals. In line with the priorities of the Erasmus+ program in the field of Adult education, this project proposes innovative and integrated approaches, through enhancing the access of unemployed people to training courses.
The project idea is based on the priorities of the Erasmus+ program and on the growing needs of low-qualified unemployed people. Low-qualified individuals are a particularly vulnerable group among unemployed. The high percentage of people in need of upskilling and qualification in each participating country is a problem that can be solved through easing the access to training and guidance. This project contributes in achieving the priorities of qualification and upskilling through bringing together unemployed people and training providers in an online platform in order to find the most appropriate and suitable training courses for their successful professional development.
The project involves four partner organizations: Center for vocational education “Development” and “Anatolia Consult” from Bulgaria, "Braga Mobility open" from Portugal and “01Infonet” from Greece.