The SPECIAL project has embarked on a mission to empower EU NEETs (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) by reigniting and nurturing their essential “life” and “soft” skills. With the ultimate goal of facilitating their successful (re)integration into post-COVID societies and labour markets, SPECIAL is focused on designing, developing, testing, and validating a comprehensive training framework for VET operators.
The project, which brings together six partners from six countries (Iceland, Sweden, Romania Spain, Italy, and Belgium) aims at reigniting lifelong learning skills of NEETs in Europe (mainly those from non-urban areas). The SPECIAL project aims to assist EU NEETs by providing comprehensive support and resources, helping them establish sustainable and fulfilling futures. Combining innovation, collaboration, and a dedication to skills enhancement, SPECIAL aims to reshape the lives and opportunities of NEETs, enabling them to thrive in the post-COVID era.
The consortium has successfully conducted its Test and Validation activities. The partners involved in the project have provided valuable insights and feedback based on the results of these activities, shedding light on the effectiveness and impact of the training framework.
The feedback from trainees regarding the SPECIAL toolkit has shown positive outcomes and numerous benefits. They found the toolkit user-friendly and practical, allowing them to acquire new skills and knowledge. The training content was highly praised for its usefulness and relevance, encouraging reflection on society, social media risks, and opportunities. Trainees also appreciated the information on digital entrepreneurship, which provided valuable tips. They suggested that the module completion time could range from 4 to 8 hours, indicating a manageable and flexible learning experience. Additionally, the inclusion of tools for web design, graphics, and SEO within the toolkit was greatly appreciated.
Insights and recommendations from partners based on their Test and Validation experiences have further contributed to the SPECIAL project’s development. Trainers reported positive sessions, with active engagement from participants. The courses were tailored to specific groups, including those familiar with social networks and teachers addressing social media challenges in their classrooms. Discussions covered dependency on social networks, emerging job opportunities, risks of online platforms, and the impact on real-life interactions.
The module focusing on social media received significant attention, particularly regarding time spent on applications and the potential distortion of reality. Teachers expressed concerns about excessive mobile phone use among students. The digital entrepreneurship module was praised for introducing practical tools like Canva and WordPress, as well as providing guidance on SEO/SEM. Trainers emphasized its relevance for individuals interested in starting businesses, offering valuable insights into various aspects of entrepreneurship.
Feedback from trainers and students from other partner organizations echoed the positive results obtained during Test and Validation activities. Trainers appreciated the toolkit’s accessibility and practicality, highlighting its inclusivity and adaptability. Students reported significant learning outcomes, praising the toolkit’s practicality and ease of use. The training content was considered valuable and up-to-date, inspiring students to explore possibilities within the Fablab domain. The toolkit was recognized as a helpful resource that motivated students to continue their independent learning journeys.
The feedback and recommendations gathered from Test and Validation activities serve as evidence of the SPECIAL project’s effective training framework. The positive results and valuable insights provided by partners contribute to continuous improvement and the identification of potential areas for further exploration. SPECIAL stands as an innovative initiative dedicated to empowering EU NEETs, equipping them with practical skills and knowledge to successfully navigate the challenges of the post-COVID era.
For more information about the SPECIAL project and its ongoing initiatives,please visit our website: https://projectspecial.eu