The fifth Promoting Adult Skills (PAS) event was hosted in Maribor on 14 June by the Maribor Adult Education Centre (AEC). According to the directress of the centre, Irena Urankar, throughout the year they organize several programmes for young people (especially disadvantaged). An example would be the well-known Project Learning for Young Adults programme (Projektno učenje mlajših odraslih – PUM-O). This particular June event gave seventeen young people who participated in its practical part the opportunity to strengthen their social and civic competences.
The representative of the student’s trade union Mladi plus, Zala Turšič, familiarized them with the topics of employment and the position of the youth and their labour rights in a workshop with the meaningful title For decent work. Participants rated the topics as extremely educational, useful and applicable to real life situations.
Prior to this workshop at the professional part of the event, we discussed these topics with 29 stakeholders. This part of the event included six expert presentations from different organizations: Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE), Infopeka, Pekarna magdalenske mreže, Maribor Regional Office of the Public Employment Service of Slovenia (PES), Prizma – Foundation for the improvement of employment opportunities, Ormož AEC and the aforementioned student’s trade union, Mladi plus.
It is not enough just to possess the skills, the key is how actively you use them
Young people who can transform disappointments into challenges and opportunities have the advantage
This opinion was presented by the representative of the Maribor Regional Office of the PES, Andreja Motaln. Young people with clear objectives and interests, who are aware of their strengths, have it easier on the labour market. In addition to the already acquired knowledge and skills, they only need to obtain soft skills to be able to properly communicate with their potential employers, solve problems, make decisions, develop synthetic and analytic thinking, work under pressure and finally – to participate in teamwork. Young people can benefit from consulting services and vocational training at the career centres, where they can not only obtain the fundamental and professional competences, but also expand their circle of acquaintances. At the employment service they have dedicated a special website for young employment seekers, where they, among other things, invite them to network more intensively and work actively on their career. The event also provided us with information about current tenders, the Work Trial and Permanent Youth Employment programmes, which bring financial and other incentives for both – the youth and the employers.
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Ormož Youth Centre
“That’s just how it is...” No, you should know you rights and take action!
At the PAS event in Maribor we were there with the youth for the youth. Many opportunities to acquire various competences and forms of support in providing a decent life and work were presented. We believe that they will happily seize the opportunities – at least some of them, which might then in turn inspire others by example. A video with some of the speakers and participants was also published.
You can find more information on EAAL PAS events focused on various existing activities for promoting the development of basic skills and key competencies of adults, and for presentation of achievements and definition of opportunities and challenges at this page.
You are kindly invited to read about our past events:
Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik, MA (firstname.lastname@example.org), Slovenian Institute for Adult Education
Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik works at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education in the field of promotional and information activities. She is the national coordinator for the implementation of the European Agenda on Adult Learning. She is interested in effective promotional approaches and promotion of cooperation and connecting of stakeholders in adult education.