ASK4JOB is a pan-European educational pathway. ASK4JOB is inspired from the COM 2016 – 381 Final, which urges to improve and up-grade the European labour force trough the digital skills in order to keep them productive at the workplaces. In the near future, the majority of the jobs will require a certain degree of digital competences, while an increasing number of elementary jobs will require at least some basic competences.
But instead, in Europe 70 million people lack adequate reading and writing skills, and even more people have little knowledge for what concerns mathematical and digital skills, being at risk of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.
More than half of the 12 million long-term unemployed are considered as low-skilled adults (COM (2016) 381 Final).
In order to support their up-skilling ASK4JOB will produce a set of tools to assess, educate and recognize digital-literacy competences. This result is achieved through the realization of 3 products, having as primary beneficiaries long-term unemployed adults and as secondary ones professional counsellors and educators of adults, as well as all the other professional profiles involved in supporting activities for adult job seekers.
Those 3 products are characterized by
a) the design, test and validation of an educational pathway and its assessment tool tailored for the needs of the target users;
b) a mixed teaching method (A-MOOC and Capacity Lab) which promotes motivation in lifelong learning, leveraging on the development of beneficiaries’ capabilities - this motivation will be supported by micro-units of learning outcomes making that users could easily experience the success, step by step, during the whole educational pathway;
c) the development of a path aimed to recognize the competences acquired through non-formal and
informal learning, in support of professional update for adult educators and job counsellors.
The ASK4JOB methodology, based on the experimental validation, will be applied to the competences of digital-literacy but it is also exploitable for any other key or professional competence.
IO1 SASS - Skills ASSessment for Job Requirements – it’s an on-line self-assessment which adapts the DIGCOMP 2,0 framework to the needs of long-term unemployed adults. The program aims to foster their digital competences, in particular those needed to implement work-related activities typically operated in qualifications related to EQF4.
IO2 Capability A-MOOC – The educational pathway of ASK4JOB will be designed and implemented in blended-mode according to the flipped-classroom logic. The theoretical and procedural aspects will be delivered through the A-MOOC while the experiential laboratories of capabilities empowerment will allow to experience a collaborative pear to pear learning process.
IO3 Appreciative Validation – The third IO will basically represents the true-objectification of ASK4JOB pathway, which basically means the collection of evidences and appreciative references in support of the recognition of the learning outcomes.
For ASK4JOB project 11 partner organizations (public and private), from 9 countries, are combining their expertise in innovative didactics and their competence in the field of adult education, supported by a pan-European network of 59 organizations per 32 countries (provided by the Belgian partner).
Adult education providers, private employment services, public bodies in labour and adult-education field, chamber of commerce, university, foundation, EU-wide networks were all identified as strategic types of partner for the project purposes.
The direct beneficiaries of ASK4JOB Kit are low skilled, long term unemployed (2+ years) adults coming from previous work experiences which can be referenced to the framework of the EQF level 4. This is a fragile target since the more they stay unemployed the more it become difficult for them to find a job.
The expect impact of the project envisages the involvement of 500 among primary and secondary beneficiaries: low skilled adults as well as operators of the adult education systems and of the job-counselling sector operating in both private and public employment services and, more in general, regional and national stakeholders.