The Erasmus+ project SKILLS4LIFE, which aims to provide teachers with the guidance tools and skills for “Life Design” for young people aged between 13 and 14, launched its first pilot activities in Apulia and Basilicata.

The project is testing the online self-assessment tool to help students discover their strengths, weakness, priorities, interests and personality types to start thinking about how these might correspond to different professional profiles. The theory behind the questionnaire was developed by Dr John L Holland and is based on extensive research into how young people use their educational and career choices. Holland’s model, called “RIASEC”, shows that both people and work environments can be classified into six basic types: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, entrepreneurial and conventional.

During this phase, thanks to the contributions of the girls and boys, it will be possible to develop a more adapted and youth-friendly self-assessment tool.

For the moment, 4 schools between Basilicata and Apulia are involved, including a total of almost 500 students.

The activities have only just begun and will continue with a board game, to help students match their own characteristics in a playful way with different professional profiles and economic sectors; a series of didactic modules that educators can easily implement in their respective fields of teaching, thereby improving their students' awareness and skills; and a half-day of training to teach educators how to implement these activities, which will also be available as on-line training modules.