The European Strategy for Employment and Growth 2020 estimates that just over one quarter of the population in Europe, about 80 million people, have low or basic skills. In the past decade, there has been a collapse in the demand for a low-educated workforce and this is forecast to fall further. The low-skilled, particularly adults, have been severely impacted by the current changing world of work.
Even though the numbers suggest that the European Economy is on good track and unemployment is decreasing, adults with low qualifications may face additional barriers to integration into the labour market, such as a lack of formally acquired competences, low motivation and self-esteem and multi-dimensional problems such as housing or social problems.
Low-skilled adult jobseekers are more likely to have previous work experience and formally and informally acquired competences, making them ‘job ready’ and therefore in theory more likely to be integrated successfully through work-first activation. Adult jobseekers with family responsibilities may also be reluctant to take up training for longer periods of time due to the need to earn a wage.
Orientation is crucial for jobseekers of all ages and has to be targeted around the needs of each individual. The CLAN project has developed an online platform and an App that aims to build the confidence and motivation of adults to reflect on their set of skills and apply them during job hunting. With a user friendly and game-like approach the adult identifies his/her previous experiences and silks that have often been neglected when filling in job applications.
The leading tools on validation and recognition do not always apply in the case of standards for lifelong learning for adults with low skills. CLAN’s new approach to recognition is based on the European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) classification and the reference framework for the recognition and transfer of credits (ETCS).
The Application is available and is currently being tested (with its first success stories) in different adult learning and orientation centres across project partner countries (Spain, France, UK and Belgium).