BEGIN – Boosting the Soft Skills of Higher Education Students and Graduates

Project title: Boosting the Soft Skills of Higher Education Students and Graduates

Project acronym: BEGIN

Reference number: 2019-1-PL01-KA203-065412

Project duration: 24 months (01.11.2019 – 30.10.2021)

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Programme: Erasmus +, Key Action 2 Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education

Project summary:

The main objective of the projected is to develop a comprehensive programme that will boost HE students soft skills and, at the same time, contribute to diminish the gap between skills in demand in the labor market and the skills offered by HE courses.

The project target groups are:

  • HE Students from universities’ faculties/courses with lower levels of employability
  • HE Teachers and other academic staff
  • HE Stakeholders: companies, social economy organizations, local/regional/national authorities, students’ associations/representatives, previous students from the involved HEIs and EU organizations

The following intellectual outputs will be developed within the project:

  • IO1: BEGIN Toolbox for career exploration activities.
  • IO2: BEGIN Practical methodology for joint Business-Education Initiatives
  • IO3: BEGIN training course for Soft Skills & Personal Development

Envisaged results of the BEGIN project:

  • Boosting HE students’ soft skills portfolio, so as to promote better integration of HE graduates in the labor market
  • Shrinking the gap between skills offered and skills needed in the present and future labor market
  • Reducing youth unemployment

The consortium that will develop the BEGIN intellectual products consists of 6 partners from 5 EU countries with complementary background and experience, as follows: