Aims And Objectives

The aim of our project (PIE - Pathways In Europe) is to research, explore, discuss and address the core issues that impact young people accessing the European labour market with a view to creating a wide range of resources, lessons and activities to enhance school curricula which will endure beyond the duration of the project. This includes the areas of skills development, careers education, work experience, entrepreneurship as well as the key competences of ICT, mathematics and literacy. Our project addresses a number of education policy areas including:

  • Developing basic and transversal skills such as entrepreneurship, digital skills and multilingualism using innovative and student-centred pedagogical approaches
  • Enhancing ICT uptake in teaching and learning
  • Promoting stronger coherence between different EU and national transparency recognition tools, so as to ensure that skills and qualifications can be easily recognised across borders
  • Contributing to the attainment of young people, particularly those at risk of early school leaving and low basic skills

To realise all of the above, the following concrete objectives have been formulated:

  • to deliver opportunities for participating students to develop a range of skills required by today's European labour market
  • to create opportunities for young people to experience achievement 
  • to engage young people in the production of sustainable educational resources which enhance school curricula and which will be both beneficial and attractive to their peers
  • to create opportunities for students to experience the recruitment and selection process
  • to create opportunities for the development and practice of basic and transversal skills including entrepreneurial skills.
  • to create opportunities for students to identify alternative European pathways for both education and employment
  • to enable students to identify alternative ways for both personal development and self improvement within a wider European context, for example, through work experience, gap years, volunteering, social entrepreneurship
  • to create an effective European collaborative partnership which gives all participating schools equal input into the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the project while respecting different cultures and systems
  • to foster the European values of tolerance, respect for intercultural diversity and solidarity
  • to create opportunities to cooperate innovatively and to exchange good practice
  • • To create opportunities for students to experience a variety of learning contexts to benefit their personal development and future employment opportunities 

During the project, management will be briefed on progress to date, and their feedback and suggestions will be incorporated into the workings of the project.

This project is innovative in as far as it seeks to extend current practice from a local/insular approach to a more pan European approach. For some of the schools the introduction of employability as a curricular subject is innovative. The project also affords the sharing of good practice between those schools who already teach employability with those that don’t. This project will build on experience from previous projects especially the good practices developed from positive collaboration over a period of time.

This project affords our partnership a number of opportunities to be innovative including:

  • Piloting the creation of work experience opportunities abroad with a view to establishing contacts, procedures and practices for future student exchanges
  • Promoting pan European educational and employability pathways and upskilling students to access these pathways (and to produce resources to enable other students including their peers to do likewise)
  • European entrepreneurship (including social entrepreneurship) to incorporate the drafting and delivery of a business plan, identifying sources of support and legal requirements within a European context
  • Researching for and the production of teaching and learning topic modules on education and employability within Europe
  • The introduction of European education and employability into the taught curriculum with the approval of the respective senior leaders
  • The recruitment and selection process within a European context
  • Investigating living and working abroad to include “the seven stages of culture shock”
  • Producing sustainable resources for use in a wider European context focusing on career and education pathways, recruitment and selection and entrepreneurship
  • We envisage the project to be complementary in the following ways:
  • building on previous good experience of collaboration with European schools in Comenius projects 
  • To continue to develop and enhance the delivery methodology successfully employed in the recent Comenius “SOS – Share Online Safely” project
  • Sharing good practice between schools in the delivery of pathways in Europe
  • To build on and enhance our use of the eTwinning platform for the delivery of a schools partnership project
  • To exploit and to continue to enhance the multimedia skills and expertise developed by participating staff during the recent Comenius project for the benefit of all involved in this project
  • To continue the good practice of skills sharing between a) students and students; b) students and teachers; and c) between teachers and teachers.