The dynamics of professional integration of those groups that are the most fragile (over 45, adults expelled from the labour market, women, immigrants), already complex by itself, have become even more complex during the last years, particularly from 2008, when in Europe the signs of the economic crisis have emerged with more evidence, with the consequent exponential decrease of occupation, also for those groups not traditionally at risk of social exclusion, like the young graduates accessing the labour market.
In parallel, at present, it’s becoming stronger the necessity to tackle the challenges coming from social and demographic changes, consistent with the increase of the youth and adult unemployment and the general increase of the active age; changes to the labour market, with the emergency of new jobs and the transformation of the existing ones along with the growth of further innovation tendencies, the general low request of non-qualified work and the parallel increase request of skilled labour; economic changes including the shifting of the advanced economies core business, from the industrial sector to the knowledge-based services.
In this frame, the quality of the vocational guidance interventions becomes vital; normally consisting of a balanced mix of information, training and counseling, too often such interventions are based on empirical approaches and they lack concrete protocols of use, theoretical reference paradigms and developed organizational, logistic and technological pre-conditions.
The E.V.A. project aims at giving an answer to the urgent need to strengthen the competences of the operators from Vocational Guidance Centres and from the Employment Centres as much as possible by developing flexible methodologies to valorize the seekers’ actual skills (“what I can do”) and promote a direct and fast match between job demand and supply, through the adaptation and the transfer of the Video-curriculum tool (that in the previous project V.I.D.EO. , had a great impact in valorizing the job seekers’ skills, also the ones that were hidden) to new sectorial and geographical contexts, as well as to new groups of users (such as the young graduates accessing the labour market), who need specifically tailored interventions to increase their employability.
The Project Partnership, made by a network of international Institutions engaged in the field of Vocational Guidance, Training and Employment present in Italy, Greece, Spain as well as the United Kingdom, aims at giving an aswer to this critical situation by pointing out a methodology to train the operators from the Employment Centres of the countries concerned in the creation and exploitation of the Video-curriculum tool for new contexts and new target groups.