Responding to the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, SMART VET brings together a Strategic cross-sectorial Partnership of VET organizations, SMEs and youth organizations aiming at preparing a high qualityimprovement program specifically designed to increase the ability of VET teachers, trainers and mentors tofoster VET students’ transition to the labour market.
Despite being the most academically qualified generation ever and facing all this pressure to succeedprofessionally, employers consistently report that young people are unprepared and unequipped to enter theworkplace when they leave full-time education – lacking a broad range of soft skills. The project contributes tothe VET students’ employability skills increase, especially during suspension periods as the lockdown due to theCOVID-19 crisis. This will directly support “apprentices who are forced to take breaks in training within theworkplace or are unable to work due to COVID-19 related prevention measures or illness” as allowed by the UKDepartment for Education, 2020.
For this reason, the 7 partners, coming from different sector sands with different specialties and capitalizing onexperience in VET services, employment services, skills development, formal and non-formal education, decidedto share their expertise to develop new tools and design materials to support apprentices/VET students toenhance the transversal skills needed by the current labour market.
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