DESSA project: Development of Soft Skills through Apprenticeships for VET students.

The DESSA project by our member Kaunas construction and services training center aims to develop an apprenticeship scheme for the acquisition of soft skills by students in upper secondary and higher vocational education and training.

The specific objectives of the project are:

-To organise focus groups in order to identify and focus on specific soft skills that best address the needs of the project’s stakeholders.

-To map best practices and methodologies applied for the development of soft skills in VET apprenticeship education in partner countries.

-To develop an apprenticeship scheme for the acquisition of soft skills and competences by upper secondary and higher VET students.

-To apply gamification elements in the apprenticeship scheme

-To develop a trainers’ guide addressed to trainers in VET schools and companies that will apply the apprenticeship scheme and will design, support and evaluate the apprenticeship programme.

-To organize seminars for trainers in VET schools and companies that are interested to apply the apprenticeship scheme.

-To create an online tool for self-assessing soft skills, for students to set their own learning agenda by identifying their strengths and areas of improvement.

To this end, the project will develop:

– An Apprenticeship scheme for the development of soft skills and competences

– A trainers’ guide to support the application of the apprenticeship scheme

– A Web platform for the assessment of soft skills, equipped with assessment tools

The project is implemented by 6 partners from 5 countries (Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Poland, and Lithuania), representing four VET schools, one university, and one adult training company.