Outline of the Programme

The eFuture Work Programme for Youth at Risk has been designed to both encourage learners to continue in education, through the use of New Media technologies and different teaching approaches and to give students work-ready or work-preparatory skills for if and when they do leave education and begin their journey into employment and a career.

It is hoped that, through a different way of delivering and receiving learning and through the use of tools and techniques that are familiar and comfortable to the 21st Century learner, students who are at risk of becoming NEET will feel encouraged to re-engage with education and continue to progress - the skills learned through this programme will be equally applicable in that case and will serve students well in future studies.

The following lists the core skills and areas that the programme covers. This is not an analogic list, the items are not necessarily delivered in set stages as listed below  but by the end of the programme all participants will have had the opportunity to address the following core skills.

1) Self-awareness and self evaluation
Throughout the programme students are asked to assess both their peers and themselves. This happens in a direct way when judging work and contribution of the individual to the programme and also happens in a less directed way through the creation of CVs, presentations, project work etc. where the individual student is forced to look at themselves in ways they may not have before.

2) Study & Research Skills
Study and research skills are very important to this programme and they enter each element. These are key skills for any individual to progress within education or into a career and this programme aims to equip students with tools and techniques that will work for them.

3) Communication and Collaboration
Another key skill that is seen to be lacking in the majority of those in danger of NEET is the ability to communicate themselves clearly and concisely and through a range of media. Every step of this programme requires those skills to come to the fore.

4) Web 2.0, Social Media and Technology
Within this programme we do not aim to directly teach the use of web and mobile technologies or software. This is not an IT or Marketing course. However, the key tools used within the programme are exactly that - Web, mobile and social - almost as a by-product of the programme students will find that they leave with an enhanced knowledge of, and confidence with, these technologies.
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The eFuture Work Programme contained within this publication has been laid out to follow a set path from beginning to end - culminating in a project that uses all of the skills learned in the programme and requiring an amount of reflection and assessment of each students progress through the course. However, this programme has also been split into individual elements to be used as stand alone units that can be dropped into any syllabus. Please see the accompanying “eFuture Worksheets”. Alternatively, please visit www.efutureproject.eu where you will find all the worksheets in printable format along with a host of other useful resources and a community of like-minded educators.