Project overview

Transversal skills: another step for the incorporation into training of behavioural skills in a professional situation.

The project’s aim is to provide diverse practical and operational answers to trainers who want to be trained and have the tools at their disposal to:

  • raise the trainees’ awareness and understanding of behavioural skills in a professional situation as transverse skills (individual conversation, awareness module…)
  • communicate the importance of behavioural skills (video clips, interactive presentations…)
  • and implement teaching activities for monitoring, development and remediation (Community of practice of technical and non-technical trainers).

Special importance will be given to the digitisation of tools previously developed in the Leonardo OPC-SFC project in order to make them easier to use and less time consuming, as well as to the operationalisation of distance learning modules that will enable young audiences, who are especially affected by unemployment in the partner countries, to be reached.

Throughout the course of the project, we will encourage those active in working on behavioural skills to get involved in a community of practice that fosters the exchange and sharing of ideas and practices. As the guarantors of the community’s good operation and dynamism, we will draw conclusions on the pros and cons of this type of tool.

Finally, we will pay particular attention to visibility, to incorporating them into the practices of all stakeholders, by including them into the training manuals, as well as a feasibility study on the recognition of behavioural skills that also takes the ethical dimension into account.

Behavioural skills are recognised as transverse, even universal skills across all sectors and countries.

It is therefore relevant, necessary even, for the exchange of practices and the development of tools to take place at a transnational level, and for this to be extended to a mixed training-business partnership. The sectoral approach will be ensured by involving the business sector in the reflections on learning, and the Portuguese project partner will bring an intergenerational dimension and a knowledge of small and medium-sized businesses that will bolster this overarching and complementary approach.

This project follows up on the incorporation of training for the trainers in the partners’ programmes, when they decried the absence of learning tools for working on, and developing, behavioural skills with their trainees.

The idea behind the project is therefore to carry forward the OPC-SFC methodology for developing training activities, which consists in four stages. It strengthens and puts into operation the 4th of those stages, hence the name.

This construction will take place in collaboration with the trainers in basic skills training centres and professionals involved in work and/or training that meet the following horizontal priorities:

  • Improving the acquisition of high-level and relevant basic and transversal skills as part of a lifelong learning approach
  • Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications to facilitate workers’ learning, employability and mobility

It also addresses the following vocational training priority:

  • Improving access to training and qualifications for all through CVET

The activities linked to the project relate to the formulation, testing, adaptation, adoption and implementation of:

  • new learning methodologies (based on OPC-SFC methodologies)
  • tools and methods for the professionalization and professional development of the trainers
  • levers to facilitate the recognition of skills (i.e. soft skills in this instance) by turning our thinking towards potential links that can be made to existing certifications in the area of technical skills.