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The Career Skills Project, developed by BFE, is selected for funding!

Career Skills

The Career Skills Project, developed and submitted by the Business Foundation for Education, was selected for funding by the European Commission. It received a very high evaluation and is ranked on 5th place among the approved projects.

The 3-year initiative starts in December 2019 and will be implemented in partnership from Germany, Greece, Finland, France and UK. 

The Career Skills project will launch a career skills platform – an online one-stop-shop addressing career guidance practitioners, policy actors and users. It will combine the following results:

  • comprehensive career skills catalogue with interactive self-assessment tool and guidelines.
  • massive open online course (MOOC) for developing career management skills based on the catalogue;
  • an online map of career guidance services across Europe that will link those who want to improve their career skills with the professionals and providers on local level;
  •  career skills network where career guidance practitioners across Europe could benefit from peer learning, sharing of good practices, useful information, tools and resources.
  • The lessons learned will be shared in a policy impact report, that will share the evidence across European and national stakeholders.

The Future Time Traveller game demonstrated at the EPALE national forum

The FUTURE project was demonstrated to key stakeholders and decision makers during the EPALE Bulgaria national forum, which took place on July the 12th at Sofia Hotel Balkan.

The team of BFE showed the missions (video) and challenged the participants to play interactively one of them, using the Kahoot mobile application. The "Future of Jobs" test helps raise the awareness of players to the key issues and challenges concerning the effect of social and technological transformations on the workplace.

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The forum discussed the pathways and measures for enhancing the skills of adults. It gathered about 80 representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Employment Agency, the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training, the regional governments, adult education experts and social partners.

BFE presented its current projects addressing adult education, as well as the national initiatives, such as skills forecasting and anticipation.

 

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European Competition for Innovative Career Guidance Tools

The initiative is part of the European project FUTURE and aims to enhance, recognize and promote good practices of innovative tools, interactive games, scenarios, methods, platforms and other digital and non-digital game-based instruments for career guidance, information and counseling.

The project involves 7 organizations across Europe: Business Foundation for Education, Bulgaria (coordinator); CTI – Greece, EBCC – Portugal, CIAPE – Italy, University of Lodz – Poland, Innovation in Learning Institute – Germany and Aspire-igen – UK.

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The competition is targeted at professionals who are involved in career counseling in all areas of education and training, for example:

  • career guidance professionals;
  • school counselors / psychologists, job mediators or other related professionals, who deal with issues of vocational guidance for pupils, students and young adults;
  • trainers, coaches and informal sector educators.

They can apply in the competition individually or as teams:

  • individual applicants;
  • professional teams composed of more than one participant;
  • mixed teams composed of professionals and representatives of the target groups (pupils, young people, adults, etc.)

The contest is open for participants from all European countries. A participant / team can participate in the contest with more than one application (game, tool).

The deadline is 31 December 2019.

Application form

Applications from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and United Kingdom should be submitted in the official national language. 
Applications from other European countries should be submitted in English.

A jury will evaluate the entries against the following award criteria:

  • innovation (40 points) – Introducing innovative, innovative tools that currently do not exist in the particular region or target group.
  • impact (30 points) – the tool/ game responds the needs of the target group and have a proven impact/ effect;
  • multiplication potential (30 points) – the results, methods / approaches can be sustained and applied by other career counselors.

The results will be announced in February 2020.

Awards

Three national awards will be announced in each partner country (Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal and UK).

Additionally, three international awards will be announced for participants from other European countries beyond the consortium.

  • All participants in the contest who have more than 80 points will receive a certificate, and their tools will be presented on the Future Time Traveler website and on the Facebook page.
  • Participants and teams who submitted the three best practices in each country will be invited to demonstrate their instruments during the national final event in the end of 2020.
  • The awarded tools and games from the partner countries and from Europe will be included in an e-book and will be promoted through the Euroguidance network across Europe.
  • The winner from each country and the winner from the international contest (from other / non-partner European countries) will be awarded a participation in a study visit, hosted by Aspire-Igen, which is the UK Euroguidance center.

Detailed rules

The FUTURE project is funded with the support of the European commission. It aims at transforming the career guidance for the generatoin Z through  "Future Time Traveller" innovative career game  in 3D virtual world which intrdocudes young people with the jobs of the future using digital adventure missioins and learning challenges.

Find out more at  http://future-time-traveller.eu 

 

Contacts

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Address
Business Foundation for Education
7 San Stefano Str., ap. 4
1504 Sofia, Bulgaria

Phone: +359 2 42 63 759

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