Connect Youth : Runs programmes that give international experiences to 12,000 young people annually, is Part of British Council UK, financed by FCO, DFES, European commission, is the UK National Agency of European YOUTH Programme
What are our evaluation needs ?
How do you help young people to recognise what they are learning ? How do you demonstrate it to others, including decision-makers ? How do you relate these life-skills to those sought by employers ? How do you standardise evaluation procedures ? How do you improve project quality ?
Employability - What is it ?
Job readiness - attitude Ability to be employed - having the skills, understanding and knowledge of a competent employee Same skills needed for active citizenship
What are key skills ?
Communication Working with others Learning and improving own performance Problem-solving Application of number Application of IT
Features of PRA
Voluntary, with no levels Managed/validated by group leaders Optional number of skill areas Evidence shown in many ways – photos, tapes, videos etc Consists of certificate +supporting documents
Evidence gathered can be used for other award programmes Helps young people to build portfolio for lifelong learning +get accustomed to collecting/recording evidence of learning Confidence-building
Base skills and optional skills
BASE skills are : Working with others Self awareness Intercultural and global awareness Communication skills Problem solving Review and evaluation
OPTIONAL skills are : Citizenship Equal opportunities Health & safety Political awareness Analytical skills Project theme skills Improving learning and performance Number and information technology Language skills Choices for young people
Young people can choose to : Take part in a youth exchange or a group initiative Take part in a project and PRA, gaining a certificate Take part in a project and International Youth Work, gaining an accredited qualification