GoDigital – Digital Tools for work – is a project financed under the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission, lasting for two years (2019-2021) implemented by a transnational consortium consisting of 7 partners from 7 European countries (ES, IT, BG, BE, UK, CY, EL) including EUROGEO.
GoDigital responds to the needs and necessities of young people who are currently not enrolled in any educational path or training course neither are employed (NEETs). In 2018, for instance, 16,5% of young people fell into such category. The rate is particularly high in some countries such as Italy, Greece and Bulgaria. The situation of NEETs in Europe is difficult. The latest data available for 2019 shows that NEET rates in the EU were 14.5 % for people aged 20–24, 17.2 % for those aged 25–29, and 17.4 % for those aged 30–34.
European NEETs, aged 18 to 30 years old, are the main target group of GoDigital project, together with adult trainers and teachers, VET trainers and teachers, school teachers, career guidance practitioners at all levels (VET and adult training centres, public services, etc.).
It appears there is also an age and gender factor related to NEETS as the transition from education to work has become more prolonged than usual in the past few years and changes in the world of work have led to an increasingly unpredictable labour market.
The constant evolution of the skills required often affects this transition too, as some decide to go back to education to make sure they are fit for the job. But this could eventually lead to disengagement if unsuccessful.
GoDigital has the general objective of improving the employability of NEET people from 18 to 30 years old. To pursue such aim, the project has also specific objectives which are the following:
- To tackle the main digital skills gaps in order to boost NEETs’ visibility in the labour market;
- To promote innovative pedagogies and methods for teaching, learning and assessing for those subjects where skills shortages exist;
- To foster NEETs’ people self-awareness in terms of digital skills making them competitive for the labour market;
- To improve career guidance for young people;
- To reinforce the digital knowledge of trainers, career counsellors and employers
GoDigital foresees a variety of different activities in order to foster young people employability by tackling the digital skills gap and competencies shortage. The tangible outcome of such activities will be the so called Digital Skills Tool for work Accelerator – an OER tool to train and validate young people digital skills in order to make them visible in the labour market- and the Training materials through personalised paths- another OER resource targeting the digital skills gap of the target group.
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