Project goals

This project aims to test, create and develop the use of theatre and drama within the curriculum for young people’s employability and job skills training experiences. The project creates an innovative strategic partnership which will bring together voluntary, statutory and private sector youth workers and trainers, who support young people's employability and social inclusion.

Theatre and Drama may allow them to be more active in learning , and show young people how to create a successful career or become more motivated. We aim to increase the awareness of Drama within schools, teaching staff, trainers, and youth workers, as an employability tool, and roll out the new curriculum and approach within the partner countries (and wider EU community).

Project objectives

  • Exchange new best practice in Poland, Hungary and UK;

  • Create a new Network of youth work and tutors in London to develop best practice in using Theatre and Drama in the learning offer;

  • Develop and deliver new or innovative youth work training materials and methods, using Drama and Theatre;

  • Promote the recognition of skills by referencing them to European and national qualifications frameworks and using EU validation instruments such as Youthpass;

  • Co-operate with local statutory bodies in the UK, Poland and Hungary to embed good practice in learning;

  • Build relationships among youth organisations and other organisations active in education and training as well as the job market in the UK;

  • Provide short term training exchange (10 day training events) for 30 Tutors/Youth Workers, to learn new skills;

  • Run 2 x annual, 10 two hour workshops for staff, tutors, youth workers and professionals in Drama and Theatre curriculum and activities;

  • Create a new Toolkit and Handbook on Drama and Theatre within employability skills courses, in Polish, Hungarian and English;

  • Launch and disseminate the new Curriculum across partner countries and EU.


Project background

UNITED KINGDOM

This addresses a major challenge both in the UK, of motivating and engaging young people in learning activities, which will improve their employability. We aim to create a new approach to enhancing young people’s skills, and improve the relevance and quality of learnings available to young people. Many young people feel alienated (eg in UK over 1million young people are NEET), and through creating a more interesting, stimulating and young people centric curricula, we will re-engage and excite young people. London has significant issues with youth unemployment (25% and 238000 long term), youth apathy, low skills and poor education amongst the 14-18 population. Many are at the margins of society and feel isolated & disengaged. Youth discontent has resulted in many social problems, and some social disorder (Work Foundation. -Youth Unemployment)


HUNGARY

At present the rate of unemployment in the 15 –-24 age group in Hungary is 28.4 %; it has increased by 1.3 % from the previous year. 18.5 % of the pool of unemployed people in the labour market come from those between the ages of 15-24. Every third young person in this age group is unemployed. (Source Youth Unemployment NOW 2014 issue 1; Skills OCED Data ) There is a significant segregation in the population with respect to their opportunities in the labour market. The main determining factor is their level of education.

POLAND

The largest group of registered unemployed people are those with an elementary vocational education and high school and post-high school education. At the end of 2012 this group made up 28.3 % of the total unemployed, while those with high school and post-high school education were 27.3 %. Over 24% of 15-24 year olds are unemployed in Poland, and this is an increasing trend. Low education, low skills and poor engagement in training are major factors.