Background

For Europe to attain the objectives regarding growth and jobs set by the Lisbon strategy, it is imperative that its young men and women are socially as well as professionally well integrated. The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth acknowledges lifelong learning. The crisis has highlighted the major role which adult learning can play in achieving the Europe 2020 goals, by enabling adults to improve their ability to adapt to changes in the labour market and society.

Virtual learning and virtual competency development paralell with the implementation of e-work provides a means of up-skilling for those affected by unemployment, restructuring and career transitions, as well as makes an important contribution to social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development.

Nowadays business becomes global and competition worldwide is increasing among young adults. They have to compete not only for the better jobs, but for their employability. One of the possibilities to become more attractive for the employers is to start learning in a new way, become virtual learner, E-Workers and to become more flexible workforce. Preparing oneself for “virtual working environment” is not an easy task and can not be learned alone. Good training tools and professional e-tutors are required to assist the learing process.

One must understand how to work and learn in a virtual environment, how to communicate, how to distribute tasks, how to work in virtual teams in order to succeed in an on-line environment, where usuall methods are not available. Though there may be no need for an homogeneous training system for adult educators, there is a need for a competence-building framework based on approaches to learning such as developing virtual tutoring, on-line collaboration, tutoring, e-learning, peer learning, e-assessment (1st Youth Work Convention).

There are tools already developed, it is time to transfer them to young adult learners, to improve them where needed, to disseminate them and to identify needs for further instruments (Youth Pathways 2.0 ).

Existing gaps:

(a) Lack of development tool kits for young adults, future e-employees to measure skills and build development plan in order to meet the requirments sufficient e- jobs

 (a) Lack of access for young adult learners to virtual competency development training in order to up-skills

 (c) Lack of training material and access to training for educators,potential e-tutors to prepare new way of teaching(virtual class)

 (d)SMEs lack prepared indoor e-tutors to support changes and implement virtual leanring and ework

Based on existing e-work related tool-kits developed by prior LLL project (that became "best practices" of the program), this project builds on these results and adds innovation by adopting, transferring knowledge and developing further innovative outputs to fill the gap. Tailoring them to the need of new target groups, adds value by creating additional content to fit perfectly in the development workpaths.

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