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This project gives a concrete opportunity for VET schools to cooperate and work together so that our students improve learning abilities (creative and critical thinking, collaboration, communication), digital literacy (information, media and technology), life skills (initiative, flexibility, social skills, leadership). These abilities will help them to increase their prospects of employment after their graduation. Once these steps have been completed, they will be requested to apply the knowledge they have learned in practical job search exercises.

Young people are the future of any economy, not only as consumers and customers, but also as employees. Current world-wide data indicate that young graduates
face specific problems and challenges in gaining access to the labor market and finding a stable job. The transition from school to active life and the integration of young people
into employment is an essential issue with a strong economic and social impact, while being an important benchmark for the external efficiency of the education system Our
students are preparing to become good professionals in their field of study, but most often have difficulties in detecting employment opportunities, especially as the regions
where they live are preponderant poor areas and there are not many career opportunities. Workplace markets have been digitized, and if we do not adapt soon, it will be harder
and harder for us to recover. In view of these situations, we truly believe that it is time for us, Vocational schools, to modernize our approach with the latest trends in the field of
work-related skills. Objectives: 1. Allow students and teachers to make exchange VET practices and experiences 2. Improving the professional skills of 21st Century students –
digital literacy, learning abilities and life skills 3. Create the context so that students to apply their acquired skills 4. Increasing the capacity of students to identify career
opportunities and to enhance their employability 5. Developing language skills, ICT and professional skills 6. Developing tolerance, intercultural competence and respect for
other cultures Participants: Students and teachers will be directly involved. Our targeted target group consists of 600 students aged between 16 and 17 years old. At the end of
the project, they will be in the last level before graduation so we will be able to see directly the impact on them as a result of the whole project. We are addressing a group of
students who are trained in different professional fields and the activities we will carry out will be designed so that, regardless of their specialization, they can be involved into
the project. From the total group of 600 students, a total of one hundred students will be selected at the level of the partnership (20 / country), which will participate in the
international exchanges. Activities: C1 –Meet Europe – VET opportunities and challenges (Romania, NOV 2018) C2 – Empowering VET students with learning skills (Turkey,
FEB 2019) C3 – Empowering VET students with literacy skills (Greece, MAY 2019) C4 – Empowering VET students with life skills (Italy, NOV 2019) C5 – Job seeking and job
applications in the VET field (Portugal, MAR 2020) The project will have a number of tangible and intangible results. Intangible results are related to the acquisition of
knowledge and development of abilities and skills by our students, improving cooperation between vocational high schools in European countries, which can lead to future
partnership initiatives and cooperation. Concrete results: – Written courses on the basis of which the learning activities for the development of skill sets will be implemented
during the workshops. There will be five output resources created in all workshops; one course support will be developed on the workshop during each learning and teaching
activity with students. These materials will be published as a brochure and made available online for using by other VET schools. The elaborated brochure, namely Guide to
employability of VET students will be used in our schools with students in the coming years. – Presentations of the labour market trends in each country – Description of online
tools and search engine lists to identify employment opportunities in all partner countries – Reports of transnational meetings – Images from events and activities – Dissemination
tools for project – Presentations of schools – Promotional materials Impact: The all partner schools will benefit in a high measure from taking part in this project. Firstly, we will
extend our VET network and we will be able to exchange experiences and practices with similar institutions across Europe. Sharing good practices will help us improve
pedagogical approaches to teaching, educational practices and methodologies so that we get the best results. We are intending to exchange experiences related to vocational
training projects for students, we learn about partners’ results from previous projects that will help in ongoing activities with students. Consequently, we will be able to establish
sustainable and fruitful cooperation. We will enrich our material base and our international dimension. Materials designed with partners will be used with future student
generations, will be shared with schools in our areas, and therefore we will be better equipped to reduce the gap between school life and work life.