EdAct (Educate and Act) is one of the two finalist projects to be funded as part of the MoreThanAJob activities. During the 8 months of its implementation, the project foresees the creation of online tools and web resources for delivering specialised courses in the areas of the labour market in which there is an identified shortage of workforce. An extra focus will be given to the skills needed for improving the beneficiaries’ public and civic participation, as well as their inclusion in society.
The project has been designed to respond to the socio-economic phenomenon of unemployment, taking into account current trends in the labour market, taking full advantage of the possibilities that technology offers.
Project Objectives and Target Groups
EdAct is built on the basis of an educational website offering educational material, which will be provided free of charge to its beneficiaries. The material is designed to help young people from vulnerable groups (e.g., women, unemployed, uneducated, migrants) with the ultimate goal of (re-)integration into the labour market and social cohesion.
In recent years, an increase of unemployment rates has been recorded in Greece, especially under the light of the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on this problem, it is necessary for educational institutions to prepare their students to have employability skills alongside with technical skills. EdAct develops smart skills, an important part of the puzzle to address the complexity of the unemployment challenge.
More specifically, EdAct features the development of educational material (containing courses, videos, evaluation tests in the form of electronic games, updated literature, scientific research and articles) in areas of the labour market where there is a gap between skills needs and demands. The material will cover both soft and hard skills, based on recent research and market analysis. The soft skills courses will be about communication, creativity and emotional intelligence. As for the hard skills, these are social and digital media management, data analysis/problem solving, and search engine optimization (SEO). Furthermore, during specific trainings, the learner would have the opportunity to be linked with a renowned Public Administration employee with whom they will discuss about the acquired knowledge of the seminar.
A few words on MoreThanAJob
EdAct is implemented and funded under the framework of MoreThanAJob, a project funded by the European Union under ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. The project aims at enhancing the development of cooperation mechanisms between the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) actors and the public administration to improve the social services for vulnerable groups in order to increase their opportunities of social and labour inclusion. MoreThanAJob brings together partners from 5 countries: Palestine (An-Najah National University, Nablus Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Jordan (Mutah University), Lebanon (Business Consultancy and Training Services), Italy (CESIE), and Greece (EUROTraining Educational Organization SA).