CERTIFY

ERASMUS +

Call 2019 KA2 (Key Action) 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

KA204 – Strategic Partnerships for adult education

PROJECT TITLE: Crisis and Employment: Tools and methodologies For Your future

PROJECT ACRONYM: CERTIFY

https://certifyproject.com/

Over the last decade open non-formal and informal learning pathways have been recognized at the centre of the European debate as a key component in achieving the objectives of the lifelong learning Program. However, in many cases people themselves may not be aware of the transversal and basic Skills they are developing through such learning and the important role these can play in their competitiveness in the labor market. The CErTiFY project seeks to help individuals wanting to work in the Cultural and Creative sectors considered to be a sector for investment by the European Commission by developing and testing a new methodology based on digital tools for people to Identify and recognize their transversal skill as identified in the 2020 strategy. Indeed, the characteristics of the Cultural and Creative sectors with less structured recruitment processes and key competencies often acquired over longer periods of time and outside the formal education system mean that recognizing such skills is essential both for candidates embarking on their early Careers and adult population seeking to work in this sector but not able to find an appropriate Position. The two digital tools which will be developed and tested as part of the project are a Smartphone application to create digital curricular stories and an e-learning platform to support and Guide job seekers in applying for jobs. Together these tools will help adults better align their competences with those in job descriptions so that they become more confident and better placed to promote their professionalism.

PARTNERS

Coordinator: LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY, UK

ATIT BVBA, Belgium

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY, UK

SPES GMBH, Austria

ISTITUTO LUIGI STURZO, Italy

RESEARCH PATHS ETAIREIA EREYNAS, Greece

Siena Art Institute Onlus, Italy

VsI “Lyderystes ir verslo akademija”, Lithuania

Team Members

Spyros Kokkotas has studied law in Greece (LLB 1994) and holds an LLM in European Law from the University of Southampton (1995) and a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh (2006) with a thesis titled “The contradictions of labour and the legal regulation of employment” which dealt with legal philosophy, sociology of law, labour law and industrial relations.
He has participated in the S@TM project and is co-editor of the e-book “Storytelling in science education- experiences and perspectives” which was the outcome of the experiences of that project. So far, he has successfully  coordinated two project for Research Paths: STEM4Youth and NARSPI.
He practices law at the Piraeus Bar Association and specialises in labour, contract and company law.

Athanasios Verdis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy – Pedagogy – Psychology of the University of Athens. He holds a M.Sc. from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from London Institute of Education. He specialises on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and evaluations. He has published on effective schools and departments, shadow education, access to higher education, hierarchical linear modes, and phenomenological and ethnographical methods in educational research.

Michael Kasoutas is a primary school teacher (2008- today). He participated at an International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of (2010). He served as Educational Counselor of the Special Secretary of the Ministry of Education (2012-2013). Starting from 01-09-2017 he was seconded after an open invitation at the Authority for Quality Assurance in Primary and Secondary Education (A.Q.A.P.S.E.) in Greece, as specialized scientific personnel. He holds a Bsc(Hons),  a Master’s Degree in “Applied Pedagogy” and a Ph.D. in the field of “Educational Assessment” under Scholarship from Greek State Scholarships Foundation from the Faculty of Primary Education of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and a BSc(Hons) Psychology degree from The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. He has completed the Program of Specialization at Counseling and Guidance at the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ASPETE), Athens, Greece. He has participated in National and International Conferences in topics concerning science education, teaching using aspects of History of Science & Nature of Science, storytelling and digital storytelling and he has published papers in Greek and International scientific journals. He has participated in the funded by European Union Comenius projects: (a) S@TM (Storytelling @Teaching Method) for which he has co-designed the two distance learning and (b) STEM4youth project. He has also participated successfully at the MOOC: “Addressing Global Citizenship Education through Digital Storytelling” (an “Erasmus+” project). His research interests include: educational evaluation and assessment, in-service teacher training, reflective thinking, critical thinking, constructivism teaching approaches, (digital) storytelling, counselling, History of Science and Science Education, ICT exploitation in teaching and learning.

Nefelli Anagnostopoulou is an art conservator. She has an HND in the conservation of Archeological materials (Athens, Greece), an HND in the conservation of works of Art (Athens, Greece) and a BA (Hons) from the University of the Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, London in paper and archival material conservation. She has received training in museum education. She currently studies towards a degree in European Studies in the Open University of Greece. She has been working as a conservator since 2001 and has a vast experience with many materials and techniques. She has worked in some projects of major significance such as the restoration of the National theatre in Athens, Greece. Her field of interests lay in conservation, museology, education in museums and the visual arts.