The ITC-ILO: a key player in the ESCape Project
A discussion with EU ESCape Project Directors will take place on 3 June 2010 at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, during the International Labour Conference (Geneva, 2-18 June 2010). An introduction by ESCape directors will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Millions of workers have not completed secondary education, yet international evidence suggests that 60% of all new jobs will call for a tertiary-level qualification, with the rest requiring a good secondary education. This means that millions of people with low basic skills may face long-term unemployment. Continuous education and skills development of the international workforce are therefore essential both to individual self-development and to economic growth.
The EU ESCape (European Union Essential Skills Certificate, Workplace Community and Education) Project is a part-time independent learning programme. It is designed to provide learners with the chance to get 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits through flexible methodology which involves work and community-based learning.
The ITC-ILO is taking part in the ESCape Project, which is funded by the EU LEONARDO’s Transfer of Innovation Fund, under the leadership of the tripartite EQUAL Ireland organization, and is for working people in Greece, Ireland, Poland, Spain and Turkey.
The main objectives of the project are:
- to develop and test a trans-national accredited education programme for working people, modelled on the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL); and
- to provide essential skills that are consistent with the EU’s key workforce competencies (http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/education_training_youth/lifelong_learning/c11090_en.htm) and the ILO Report on the General Survey concerning employment instruments .
The programme runs locally, with workshops one day a month for 6 to 8 months. Between the workshops, learners get support from a specialist tutor and facilitated group learning. Learning will be assessed on the basis of assignments, workshops and practical demonstrations.