The European Project COMPETE!: COMPetences for Effective labour markeT Entry!, started in October 2019, is financed by the Erasmus+ call, ‘Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices in the field of High Education’.
Coordinated by the Italian institution Demetra Formazione, the Project has a duration of 30 months, ending on March 2022. A total of 9 partners from 6 different European countries participate in the Project, being experts in different fields and representing companies, universities and public authorities.
COMPETE! aims to accomplish the development of skills and competences in recent graduates. This fosters their employability and socio-educational and personal development, in order to help them be actively involved in work and social life. To reach this objective, the project contemplates the creation of a serious game that trains graduates and young people at risk of unemployment to acquire the so called “future skills”, which are a combination of cognitive, methodological, social and digital skills.
The project includes a first analysis phase, where research and surveys among employers and students are implemented. In addition, a study is elaborated to find out the existing game experiences, characteristics, effectiveness and training methodologies applied in the field of training. This phase accomplishes a double objective: identifying the key competences and preparing a set of recommendations for the game design. The game is accompanied by a specific toolkit for teachers, trainers and professors.
UNIR collaborates in all work packages and, given its wide experience in the area, leads the game design and development. The research team participating in the project is multidisciplinary, as it embraces staff from the Engineering School in the game development, and from the Faculties of Business and Communication, and Social Sciences and Humanities for the competence identification and instructional design. The project is managed by the Vice-rectorate for International Research and the Research Institute for Innovation & Technology in Education (UNIR iTED).