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Project Learning with younger Adults

Policy Instrument

Project Learning with younger Adults

Projektno učenje mlajših odraslih (PUM-O)
Slovenia

Description

Timespan

March 2016-May 2021

Stage

Fully operational

Foundations

Policy area

PUM-O is listed in the current catalogue of ALMP measures.

Policy goal

PUM-O is an informal education program intended to empower young adults (15-26 year olds) for their labour market entrance and active participation in society, based on the acquisition of key competences. Focused initially on youth not in employment, education or training (NEET), who are especially vulnerable, PUM-O has three main objectives:
- formation of professional identity, developing the candidates' sense of initiative and entrepreneurship in order to help them enter the labour market;
- development of learning abilities and basic skills;
- formation of personal identity and the promotion of their active participation in society.

Mismatch

Part of broader programme, yet with explicit focus

PUM-O tackles the skills mismatch through the mentor process developed to help programme participants plan and implement a career plan through negotiated curriculum. The programme comprises of three key educational modules:
- Career planning and development of professional identity helps participants 'behave' in the labour market.
- General education aims to build their general knowledge about local and global trends, society, culture, social relations, etc, and improves the ability to actively use modern technologies.
- Personal growth and sustainable lifestyle module focuses on interpersonal relationships and group-dynamic processes, physical and mental health, etc, giving participants a positive example and allowing them to gain a positive personal experience.

Aim of policy instrument

Administrative level

National

Main responsible body

SIAE at national level and other adult education centres at regional level.

Stakeholders

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (MoLFSA) - funding, control, evaluation
Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE) - implementation, programme development
Local adult education centres - implementation
Employment Service of Slovenia (ESS) - implementation, programme development

Funding

80% of the cost of the project will be financed by the European Union from the European Social Fund, and 20% will be financed by the Republic of Slovenia from the Slovenian budget. A total of €8,600,226 ESS funds is being allocated to the project.

Intended beneficiaries

PUM-O beneficiaries are young adults aged 15-26, who are unemployed or are first-time jobseekers, not in education or have problems in education that can lead to discontinuation of schooling. The instrument should improve their long-term employability, integration into the labour market, and social integration.

Processes

Use of labour market intelligence

LMSI is primarily used to inform guidance counsellors, so as to provide sound advice regarding relevant career paths. PUM-O is a mentored education process developed to help participants plan and implement a career plan through negotiated curriculum. The programme comprises of three key educational modules.
- Career planning and development of professional identity helps participants 'behave' in the labour market.
- General education aims to build their general knowledge about local and global trends, society, culture, social relations, etc, and improves the ability to actively use modern technologies.
- Personal growth and sustainable lifestyle module focuses on interpersonal relationships and group-dynamic processes, physical and mental health, etc, giving participants a positive example and allowing them to gain a positive personal experience.

Financial schemes

Participant are reimbursed monthly for the previous month:
- Travel allowance: travel costs for each day of actual participation in PUM-O amounts to €0.13 for each kilometre from place of residence to PUM-O location and back.
- Activity allowance: €1.10 or €0.70 for each hour of actual participation. It is paid if participation lasts at least 100 hours.

Frequency of updates

There have been no substantive changes to PUM-O. The goals and program mechanism remain unchanged.

Development

PUM-O has not been adjusted since its introduction in 2016. PUM-O is the successor of PUM, a well-established non-formal adult education program, Project Learning for Young Adults, established to reduce the social exclusion of the most endangered group of young school dropouts in the 1990s. In the course of fifteen years, although very successful, PUM also showed some shortcomings, as well new emerging needs of youth, and especially the new opportunities for developing and supplementing the program. Based on the experience of the PUM and taking into account new social circumstances, PUM-O was developed.

Barriers

Employment Service of Slovenia (ESS) observes minor barriers related to PUM-O providers. Some of the providers have failed to fulfil the conditions for program providers.

Success factors

Not known, since no evaluation of PUM-O has been conducted thus far.

Monitoring

The Employment Service of Slovenia (ESS) is regularly monitoring PUM-O in the same manner as other ALMP measures: the number of entrants, expenditures, the number of meetings, duration of the individual program, the number of contracts with local education centres, and all other available derived indicators.

Innovativeness

Very innovative

There are several innovative aspects of PUM-O:
- An individualised approach to designing and supporting achievement of career goals.
- An active role of the participant in the whole process of training and competence enhancement.
- A goal-oriented approach to acquiring competencies and knowledge that enables the permanent development of lasting employability.
- The mode of implementation at the individual level requires the integration of various institutions, the intersection of the inter-sectoral department and the complementary action of the labour market players.

Sustainability

Evidence of effectiveness

Not known, since no evaluation of PUM-O has been conducted thus far. Evaluation on POM-O´s predecessor PUM has been prepared by the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE) in 2010.

Engagement of stakeholders

The LMSI is being developed on the basis of the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy 2014 - 2020.

Transferability

Easily transferable

This instrument could be transferred to numerous countries with high levels of school dropout and/or percentage of NEET youth.

Sustainability

The LMSI development project is being financed predominately out of ESS funds and is thus bound up to successful implementation.