The workshop entitled Career counseling and competence development for the labour market was held in Ostrava on December 15, 2016. The workshop was led by the labor market specialists from the consultancy company RPIC-ViP ltd. The workshop was held under the auspices of the Ostrava City Council within the Local Action Plan for Education.
All participants at the workshop agreed that in preparing children for the labor market, it is important to focus not only on knowledge but also on the development of soft skills.
Participants received information about the current situation and projections of the labor market in the region, had a chance to think about how to educate and prepare today's children for the future. In the second part of the workshop they talked about the current situation of the career counseling in elementary schools. Participants from among the directors, educators and teachers and guidance counselors were given information about methodological materials for the development of soft skills. They also had a chance to experience some of the activities by themselves. These educational materials have been developed within the project „Competencies for life“ and had been verified by 700 primary and secondary schools teachers and over 21,000 pupils. Currently these materials are part of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project „Cl@SS – Competences Learning at Secondary Schools“ and are being translated into other languages (Romanian, Bulgarian, Slovenian and Turkish), plus the database will be enriched with new exercises that arise in the context of international cooperation.