According to an OECD report (Skills Outlook 2015, Youth, Skills and Employability), the economic crisis has hit young people hard by making it more difficult for them to get the first job. It has also increased unemployment: the unemployment rates for under-25 years in the EU stagnated at 18.6% in December 2016. Young people with lower qualifications are more affected than young people with academic degrees and have more difficulties accessing mobility. Several mobility programs offer them the opportunity to gather experiences in another European country and develop new skills. But many young people don’t take this opportunity because they are too scared. Good preparation is an important precondition to strengthen their motivation and develop basic language skills.
The project ‘Developing E-Learning Capacities for Youth Mobility in Europe’ (DELCYME) aims to develop a multilingual e-learning preparation program for the mobility of young adults (linguistic and intercultural preparation). Moreover, DELCYME aims to develop skills and know-how in organizations working in a non-formal context which are in charge of preparing the mobility activity.
For this 31 months long project (Feb 2018 to Aug 2020) six organizations will be working together. DELCYME is coordinated by OFAJ (Office Franco-Allemand pour la Jeunesse), which has a long experience in organizing mobility as well as developing tools for linguistic and intercultural preparation. Two partners are active in the non-formal language training sector (CAVILAM, CDC), one is an actor which actively hosts and sends abroad participants of mobility activities in Poland (SEMPER AVANTI) and two partners are universities which train language teachers for different contexts (UCLM, CALCIF), they will contribute a scientific perspective to the project.
The work plan includes four tasks in order to fulfill the main objectives:
- management and communication between the partner
- dissemination of the project
- an event promoting Open Educational Resources
- content development of the e-learning platform
- preparation of tutors who will support learners during the online training
- the development of a community management
The main expected results are as follow
- the production of multilingual, digital pedagogical approaches and contents
- shared Open Educational Resources which can be used in the field of non-formal education
- project participants will increase their own digital and media skills
- the platform will benefit a potential 200 learners/year in each country involved
- improvement of digital skills
- tailor-made tool which prepares for professional mobility activities