November 27, 2022

Erasmus+: a survey states that experiences abroad increase the acquisition of soft skills

In 2014, the European Commission published the Erasmus Impact Study, a study carried out by experts in which it states that studying abroad ensures the acquisition of the famous soft skills. The study was conducted on eighty thousand people including students, educational institutions and business leaders and looks at the relationships between international mobility, employment of graduates and the development of certain skills.

The noun “competence” is derived from the verb “to compete”. The latter, of Latin origin (cum-petere), stands for the action of converging at the same point.

Transversal competencies or soft skills represent knowledge, skills and personal qualities that characterize each person’s way of being.

This is precisely why they are called “transversal,” because they do not refer to technical areas or subject-specific knowledge, but call into question all those aspects of personality and knowledge that everyone uses on a daily basis in different contexts.

Soft skills are a range of basic cognitive, emotional and interpersonal soft skills that, as WHO points out, “lead to positive and adaptive behaviors that enable the individual to cope effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.” Soft skills have a very wide range, intervening across every area of our personal, social, professional lives , affecting individual fulfillment, interactions and relationships, performance and job satisfaction.

The Council of the European Union on May 22, 2018 adopted a new Recommendation on Competencies for Lifelong Learning, replacing the 2006 Recommendation.

The updated version aims to improve the development of key competencies for people of all ages throughout their lives by providing guidance to member states on how to achieve this goal.

These competencies are identified with reference to eight domains:

– functional literacy competence;

– multilingual competence;

– mathematical competence and competence in science, technology and engineering;

– digital competence;

– personal, social and learning-to-learn competence;

– citizenship competence;

– entrepreneurial competence;

– competence in cultural awareness and expression.

These competencies pertain to cognitive, achievement, managerial, relational and communicative domains.  

They are developed from a lifelong learning perspective, from early childhood to all adult life, through formal, nonformal and informal learning in all contexts, including family, School, workplace, neighborhood and other communities. Cross-cutting skills can be applied in many different contexts and in different combinations; they overlap and are interconnected: aspects essential to one area foster skills in another. Elements such as critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, communication and negotiation skills, analytical skills, creativity, and cross-cultural skills underlie all of the key competencies.

The text of the Recommendation, for each of the eight competencies, offers an articulate description that, starting with an initial definition, goes on to describe “Essential Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes.”

The last part of the European document is devoted to measures to support the development of key competencies. As these consist of a dynamic combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes to be developed by the learner throughout his or her life, opportunities for development can arise in all educational, training and learning contexts throughout life.

In the next few articles we will deepen this last part of the document to see in practice what are the actions that Erasmus+ can implement to promote the development of soft skills and improve the training of new generations.

Written by Federico Summa

Related Posts

European Project Design: how school can put into practice the Europe 2020 strategy through Erasmus+

December 2, 2019

December 2, 2019

Europe 2020 is a ten-year strategy proposed by the European Commission in 2010: the European Union has set ambitious goals...

European Project Design: an international school is a better school. These are the reasons why.

November 4, 2019

November 4, 2019

In a globalized scenario where interculturality represents the added value of a society with an international dimension, the school world...

Erasmus+: good practices for developing the eight soft skills identified by the European Union

July 13, 2022

July 13, 2022

The European Union’s identification of the eight European key competencies – soft skills – (also called key citizenship competencies) is...

The glossary of European project design – part 1

November 6, 2019

November 6, 2019

Very often the limited knowledge of the terminology typical of the European tenders and programs can be a limit to...

Erasmus+ KA2 “Playing 4 Soft Skills” project: gamification as a pedagogical approach

June 9, 2022

June 9, 2022

Why is non-formal education important? Everyday life and professional activity in the 21st century often require us flexibility, creativity and...

New deadlines for applications for Strategic Partnerships Key Action 2

March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020

Due to the difficulties caused by the onset of Coronavirus, the European Commission has set new deadlines for applications for...

WISE: the Italian Transnational Meeting of the Erasmus+ KA2 project

February 25, 2022

February 25, 2022

Few days ago the Italian Transnational Meeting of the Erasmus Plus KA2 project “WISE – Woman, Innovative, Successful, Empowered” was...

Cultural awareness: internationalizing the school with Erasmus+

November 10, 2021

November 10, 2021

What is cultural awareness One of the key competences of lifelong learning – cultural awareness and expression – includes the...

Francesca and her Erasmus+ internship at Berlink

August 5, 2022

August 5, 2022

Hi, I’m Francesca, I’m 16 years old and I attend the ENGIM Turazza school, address graphic design in Treviso. I...

European project design: how to make school an international space for learning, training and education

October 17, 2019

October 17, 2019

In a Europe without borders, protagonist of a ongoing evolution driven by new technologies, by growing globalization and by considerable...

YOUTHShare: the results achieved and future objectives in the project’s Open Event

June 1, 2022

June 1, 2022

What do we mean with NEET? What if we told you that one in four young people in Italy does...

Éireann, Erin, Ireland: when Erasmus+ in Cork starts with a poem on the River Lee

May 25, 2022

May 25, 2022

William Drennan was an Irish poet and writer who first referred to Ireland as the “Emerald Isle” in his 1795...

Erasmus+ in Malaga to discover the biznagueros and the Arab heritage of Spain

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

Walking through the wide streets of downtown Malaga, we cannot fail to notice men dressed in white shirts, black pants...

Erasmus+ KA2 “SkillsAct4Vet” project: the platform for the training of VET teachers is active

December 16, 2021

December 16, 2021

The SkillsAct4Vet project coordinated by Tribeka has entered an exciting phase now, after the Transnational Project Meeting held in Athens...

Discover INTERGEN, the project designed to develop an innovative approach in intergenerational education

July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

INTERGEN is a Strategic Partnership Project for Adult Education, KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices of...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Newsletter