Key Competences for All (KC4All)

Published on: 14/07/2010

This project proposes to support enhancement of basic Key Competences of Low Qualified Adults in order to improve their Employability, by means of an alternative learning approach (ICT-based, user-centred, interest-oriented).

The main deliverables of the project are a research and analysis of local context conditions in Latvia, Romania, Belgium, United Kingdom and Spain, a toolkit to improve job-focused key competences of users at a risk of exclusion, a handbook for telecentre/PIAP facilitators and a guidelines for other social and educational organisations interested in incorporating the toolkit in their offer for disadvantaged users.

The project is born from two interlinked processes. On one side, the increasing demand of users of telecentres and other public internet access points to develop their digital competences for job seeking and job performing (digital literacy focused on employability). On the other, the political recognition of the role that ICT is increasingly playing in the job market across Europe. (cf. “New Skills for New Jobs” EC Communication, 2008).

There is a direct impact of education in reducing the chances of being unemployed (Eurostat LFS, 2007), so employable low qualified adults who are normally excluded from the formal vocational training system need to improve their competences by informal education channels. In the last years, telecentres and other kind of PIAPs (libraries, civic centres, etc) have became a privileged channel across Europe for digital literacy/adult education of disadvantaged target groups (Rissola, 2007 and conclusions of Vienna eInclusion event, 2008), contributing through training and guidance to personal development, active citizenship, social inclusion, and – due to the increasing economic recession- Employability.

Policy Context

European society is moving towards a knowledge-based economy. This is not only a goal of the Lisbon agenda but a reality confirmed by CEDEFOP in its study on the level of qualifications required for European workers (cited in “New Skills for New Jobs” EC Communication, 2008).

The project “KC4All” − Key Competences for All − proposes to support the enhancement of the basic key competencies of low qualified adults improving their employability through an alternative learning approach (ICT-based, user-centered, interest-oriented).

Main results, benefits and impacts

  • Products

- Employment Toolkit for End users
- Handbook for Facilitators
- Guidelines for New Actors

  • Other results

- Exchange of good practice in the field of adult non-formal training on Key Competencies required for Employability

- Start-up of a European Community of Practice on the subject

  • Key competences addressed within the project

- Digital skills
- Learning to learn
- Social and civic competencies
- Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship

Lessons learnt

Main findings of the research and analysis of local context conditions in Latvia, Romania, Belgium, United Kingdom and Spain.

The context analysis was run by project’s partners in their countries during the first quarter of 2010. This analysis displays common and different aspects concerning target groups and addressed skill gaps and training resources in the different countries. Additionally, partners conducted a research to identify specific needs of telecentre users in their countries. This research was accomplished through national surveys. In total, around 300 telecentre users in five countries participated in this survey. Please see HERE the results of the Multicountry analysis.

Scope: Cross-border