Enhance soft skills to nurture competitiveness and employability
The ESSENCE project intends to improve employability opportunities for HE students by stimulating soft skills development. The project objective is to maximize their engagement in the labour market by offering professional development paths that go beyond formal HE training. In order to meet the expectations of entrepreneurs and recruiters connected with the most desirable soft skills, the courses will be based on the demand-driven employers’ perspective
According to ground-breaking research published by World Economic Forum in 2016, in the era of digital automation and AI, career success factors are facing times of significant changes especially in industry sectors at high technological coefficients (but not exclusively!). From 2020, at the very edge of the fourth industrial revolution, strategic competitiveness relies more and more on intellectual capital assets – hence the need to cultivate new managerial talents that are strongly empowered not only on technical knowledge but mostly on soft and intangible capabilities. ESSENCE aims to nurture a complete set of new soft skills in HE students and fresh graduates to complete, enhance and enrich their education and employability competitiveness besides the formal University training. During the project, partners will develop training, courses, educational modules and content that is in line with the CEDEFOP guidelines for Learning Outcome and fully aligned with the EQF from levels 3 to 5. In addition, the project will develop operational tools (i.e. self-assessment means) that systematically engage multiple organisational studies fields and functions – communication, people management, HR, etc.