How do the Youth in Action activities increase your employability?
The financial crisis leads to cuts in education and youth sector, two quite vital areas of personal and professional development. Due to the economic crisis, the policymakers prefer to invest more in formal education. The main questions which may rise are: Have they ever participated in a non-formal education project and have they taken into account the impact of non-formal education?
First of all, we should clarify that the main provider of non-formal education is basically the youth organizations. Moreover, non-formal education is accessible almost to everyone; since it does not take into account your previous education or social background. As a result, people who have never been to school may participate in a non-formal education project and develop their personality and also their employability skills. Furthermore, the international aspect of Youth in Action Program gives the chance to the participants to improve their language skills, especially English, and to broad their understanding regarding intercultural communication. Currently, the working environment in all over the world is becoming more and more international; consequently, the employees should be able to communicate in foreign languages and also to be more tolerant towards other cultures.
Some people are wondering if there are any certificates which may validate the skills and knowledge gained by participating in a Youth in Action project. The answer is YES!!! It is the “YOUTHPASS” certificate. Ok, until now it is not 100% recognized by all the employment and education stakeholders but some people have been admitted to a university program or got a job thanks to this certificate. According to the YOUTHPASS, the 8 main competences which are being developed through non-formal education activities are: communication in the mother tongue, communication in foreign languages, mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology, digital competence, learning to learn, social and civic competences sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and expression. These competences are vital not only in professional life but also in personal development.
According to testimonials of people who participated in “Youth in Action” projects “non-formal education is the only form of education that taught me how to be an active learner”. That’s to say, an active learner can easily become a determined employee who can help the business to expand even more.