May 2020 Update

Cedefop’s May 2020 issue of ‘Skillset and match’ is now available

The issue looks at the below, and much more:

  • The rise of online platform work and how it impacts skills;
  • An interview with Nicolas Schmit (European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights) commenting on how the Commission’s skills agenda has become an even stronger priority due to the social and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic
  • The views of Cedefop Executive Director Jürgen Siebel, who argues that Europe should be ready to respond when it gets on top of the current health crisis, so no-one suffers long-term effects;

ACADEMIA+ 2019-2020 : European Exchange of Guidance Practitioners

Academia+ will be soon coordinating an online training opportunity around the theme: ‘Counselling Migrants and Refugees’.
This will be a 4 day online training course which will be delivered through a series of webinars on the 28th of May and the 2nd, 4th and 9th of June 2020. Topics will include:

· Intercultural Awareness

· Access to the Labour Market

· Client Empowerment

· Specific Supportive Measures

The participant limit has already been reached, however material from the training will be uploaded on the Academia+ project website (see link above) following its conclusion and made available to the entire Guidance community. So keep this e-mail handy and check back after the 9th of June !

Ongoing Webinars:

Léargas Webinar Wednesdays explore the possibilities of European projects, and ways to carry them out online.
Each webinar focuses on a different theme and sector. You don’t need to have a current project to take part!

2 upcoming webinars that might be of interest are below:

Learning Network - Maintaining Quality European Programme Activities in a Digital World
10.30-11.30am, 10 June 2020
Sector: Cross-sectoral
Themes: An opportunity for organisations to exchange good examples of digital activities they've carried out, receive peer-to-peer support, and network.

Supporting Young People’s Mental Well-being and Resilience through Online Methodologies
10.30-11.30am, 17 June 2020
Sector: Cross-sectoral
Themes: Identify the roles and responsibilities of youth workers in supporting young people's mental health during this pandemic.
We will also discover how KA2 can provide opportunities to help support the development of online tools and platforms.

Click above to join these upcoming webinars or access all previous webinar recordings

Would you like to upskill and connect with European colleagues?

We may not be able to venture very far right now but this too will pass!
Why not use this time to prepare for a possible mobility experience next year- in person or virtually!
Use your downtime now to read and research the application process for an Erasmus +KA1 mobility



or explore the world and possibilities of E-Twinning


This study, commissioned by Léargas and the Higher Education Authority and supported by the Irish Research Council, explores how Erasmus+ influences attitudes to and experience of foreign language learning in Ireland. 

Explore the world of Guidance virtually:

  • Upskill on the basics of artificial intelligence. This resource aims to ‘demystify’ AI in a fun and user-friendly way: