Despite being the most academically qualified generation ever, EU youth remain confronted with multifaceted challenges connected with under-employment, and low job quality, job insecurity and long transitions to stable and satisfactory employment. The changing working environment driven by technological advancement and global connectivity, brought about by the so called 4th industrial revolution and pushed by the gig economy require future work force to ‘invent new ways for earn money’ and satisfy both society and companies needs in ways that cannot fully predict at the moment. Many large corporations in EU are more and recurring to external independent contractors and outsourcing non-core services to lower costs and risks. In addition, new economy models (as the gig economy, the share economy) are fully embracing this self-employment work style, that offers temporary position to independent contractors and contributing in creating micro-entrepreneurs.
GIG UP project aims to increase youth employability skills, encompassing digital skills, entrepreneurial skills, communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving, resilience, flexibility, adaptability, risk taking, decision making, digital skills among other soft/social/transversal skills as by product of the personal and professional development process and improve educators, youth workers and trainers professional skills and capacity related with youth engagement, activity planning, participated planning and evaluation activities, increased knowledge on non-formal education techniques to foster more sustainable and healthy communities, and other economic actors specific issues and responsibilities toward society and their community, as well as improve their wider personal skills as communication, ability to cooperate with diverse colleagues and stakeholders, team working and other soft skills related with working in a multicultural environment and with diverse sort of audiences.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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