The Project

European youth unemployment, hinders Europe’s future and blights its youth.  This is despite 2 million job vacancies within the EU, suggesting mismatch in skills, as well as physical location.  Schools may deliver academic and vocational training but how effective are they in preparing children for future employment, or education? In this project we aim to develop a unique program to provide pupils and teachers with a new view of how to improve their schools and their approaches to obtaining jobs or further education as well as increasing their mobility within Europe.
EUROFUTURE: Changing Places aims to introduce students to the skills required in successful job seeking as well as the requirements and responsibilities of carrying out a job.  The skills to be developed in students involved in this project include: preparation of successful job application, interview skills, planning, responsibly carrying out tasks and reporting on them and are not part of the normal teaching curriculum. As such, using feedback received and observing activities as they take place we aim to develop new ways in enhancing basic skills in pupils in secondary education.
A key aspect of the project is to co-ordinate and carry out “student take-overs”; experiences where students take on the role and responsibilities of staff employed within their school to better understand teaching and learning as well as how they successfully finish secondary education.  In the first year of the project, this will be carried out within partner schools.  Subsequently, students will have the opportunity to apply and be interviewed for and take part in a “take over” in partner schools in another countries. This will improve their understanding of job seeking and learning elsewhere as well as raise their aspirations of working in other EU countries.
Throughout the period of the project partner schools will collaborate to hold “Country Days” when each partner will host special events in their schools focusing on the countries of the represented in the project partnership.
This project builds on and complements teachers experience in 6 countries and could not be carried out within a single country.  It also contributes to the EU 2020 targets of:  a) increasing levels of employment, b) reducing rates of children leaving education, c) increasing numbers of people completing third level education and it works towards enhancing mobility within Europe.
Erasmus+ is a European Union funded programme, through the European Commission, managed in the UK by British Council and Ecorys UK. Erasmus+ should be treated as contribution based, and so projects may well be co-funded from other sources.