It is increasingly difficult for young people with low or no formal qualifications to find a job. However, even without formal training or labour market experience, young persons gather social and personal competencies. These “soft” competencies are essential for doing a good job. For some jobs, they may even be the most important elements of qualification.
However, employers and those working with young people find it difficult to recognise and assess these informal competencies and while some European countries have developed widely accepted systems of competence assessment, others need to raise awareness on their significance and potential impact and to define the methods and procedures for competence assessment.
The project EVASKILLS- Evaluating the soft skills of unemployed youth aims at the transfer of best practices of competence assessment for young persons. Additionally, within the framework of implementation of the project, trainers and other vocational education and training professionals will be trained in the use of tools and methodologies for the evaluation of social skills and thus their role will be enhanced, as they will be able to provide vocational training courses based on learning outcomes and the validation of previous non-formal and informal training.