The ´scout´: a competence profile (IO4)
The goal is to improve the support of the most vulnerable sub-group of the NEETs on their pathways. These “young people on the edge” are characterized by a complexity of personal and social difficulties, caused by psychological diagnoses, socially disadvantaged backgrounds, abuse, drugs, crime or other burdens. To improve the situation of the NEET group, the YIT project has developed the role of the ´scout´.
The role of the ´scout´ is understood as a close and consistent contact person for the young person in transition. The Scout profile combines two roles; “organizational coordinator” and “personal counsellor”. The scout can act on both these roles or this can be several professionals, depending on how each country implements it.
The ´scout´ should be able to counsel and support youth personally from principles of career learning, as well as coordinate supportive initiatives across sectors. This can be done by upgrading the competences of the counsellors to better address the topic.
DEFINITION OF COMPETENCE FOR COUNSELLORS
According to EU, Key competencies are a combination of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Key competencies are those which individuals need for personal fulfilment and development, employability, social inclusion, and active citizenship. They go beyond the notion of only (academic) ‘knowledge’. (Corey and Corey, 2011; Lifelong learning programme, 2007). Action orientation is the most important element of the concept of “competence.” (Knud Illeris, 2012)…