Participating in a mobility experience increases the long term employability of students (Erasmus Impact Study 2014). However, at the same time, youth in Europe is facing huge challenges to find a job right after graduation due to the challenging labour market and the lack of skills and working experience. For employers, a mobility experience is generally considered an asset as 64% believe international experience is important, but eventually, the obtained transversal skills and knowledge are the aspects that matter the most (92%). Why are the skills gained through a mobility experience not clear and why does this lack of recognition still exist?
In response to this, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is launching ErasmusJobs, an Erasmus+ KA2 project, to bridge the skills gap for the Erasmus Generation. The project is a collaborative cross-European partnership between ESN, Masaryk University, Leo-Net, Universidad de Alcala, European Institute for Industrial Leadership, Université de Mons, European University Foundation, Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata", and Expertise in Labour Mobility B.V.
The ErasmusJobs project aims to bridge the skills gap and enhance the transition from education to the labour market. Building on the core principle that a mobility experience reduces long-term unemployment, the project aims to clearly identify the skills gained during a stay abroad and make those more understandable by employers. In order to achieve that, ErasmusJobs brings together many stakeholders to ensure a future of employable Erasmus+ alumni.
Identify the skills obtained during an international mobility and translate these to the CV and labour market
Create tools to identify such skills and work on the recognition of skills with employers and the industry
Create a common understanding of how these skills can be mapped and raise awareness among employers
Create a platform for all involved stakeholders to advertise, recognise and recruit for specific transversal key competences
Today we had our second transnational project meeting with experts on the job market and universities to keep moving forward with #ErasmusJobs, our portal for jobs for the #ErasmusGeneration, similar to https://t.co/WXZRolTH2W👨🏼🎓💼 pic.twitter.com/Ec3RKfkzz3— ESN International (@ESN_Int) May 14, 2020
ESN is developing #ErasmusJobs, a new job platform which will be similar to the existing https://t.co/WXZRolTH2W. This week in Brussels we meet with experts in the field of #employability from universities, employers, students to share best practices and ideas for the platform. pic.twitter.com/gvTArnBlQn— ESN International (@ESN_Int) November 19, 2019
We will assess which skills are acquired during an Erasmus+ mobility abroad, map the skills employers seek and make a comparative analysis of the two, highlighting the concrete benefits that Erasmus+ brings for participants. Furthermore, a competence booklet will be produced, next to a report and policy recommendations on how to better support Erasmus+ Alumni.
The job platform will help students in the creation of an attractive profile, highlighting the various skills gained through mobility experiences, volunteering and other extracurricular activities. At the same time, the detailed profile will help employers to recruit talent with matching skills and experiences. Finally, the job platform will also provide career offices and universities with a concrete tool to support students in the creation of a competence profile and the transition to the labour market.
The toolkit will further ensure that students are aware of their skills, raise awareness in the industry, support the career offices and promote the various outcomes of the project through training content. It will contain methodologies and training outlines for participants to be able to replicate the different workshops and multiply the effects and impact of this training.
The project will work to translate all the outcomes of the research, competency profiling and skills mapping, to easy understandable and implementable best practices.
Three training sessions will take place to share best practices, disseminate the research outcomes, introduce the platform and discuss how to develop awareness on the acquired skills.