Over a 24 month period NESSIE will be realised through the delivery of 11 work packages agreed by partners during the preparatory meeting:
- WP1: Consortium Management, Finance & Monitoring
- WP2: Research to review the most important soft skills, & needs analysis
- WP3: Action research (Employer Consultation)
- WP4: Adapting MASS materials for transfer to new sectors (methodologies, materials for learning & reflection, development of e-learning materials, assessment)
- WP5: Train the trainer (or mentors/supporters) tool kit
- WP6: Technical testing
- WP7: Transfer & roll out to target groups (unemployed/employed) & evaluation
- WP8: Website (including Soft Skills Social Network)
- WP9: Managing National Networks (membership, structure & benefits)
- WP10: Dissemination & exploitation including promotion & awareness raising
- WP11: Evaluation & Quality Assurance.
Some of these run simultaneously whilst others rely on the successful completion of another prior to starting. See attached NESSIE Cycle of Activity & Time Line.
The core delivery package, WP4 is mainly delivered by the UK as primary exporters & effectively further develops & adapts MASS project methods for transfer to the workplace & employment training. Importantly, this core activity is underpinned by WP2 (theoretical research & needs analysis led by Greece) & WP3 (Employer action research led by Sweden Sandviken) to ensure the content is relevant to current needs. These 2 research activities will inform WP4 by researching what the framework for soft skills should contain, what employers want, what employees want & identify effective e-learning approaches that will work in the new contexts.
Romania will lead WP5 to revisit MASS tutors’ guides & produce an effective Train the Trainer programme for new mentors/trainers. As the methodology is so new, without this, trainers/mentors may not properly understand the approach & end users may not be properly supported. WP6 (led by Netherlands) & WP7 (led by Italy) are closely related & will overlap. NL will lead on a small scale test (providing a technical check & a form of vetting for 20 end users) to ensure the product works in the new context & with the new target groups. Then after any necessary adjustments, Italy will lead the large scale testing & roll out to 360 users (employees & job seekers from all partner countries). They will then collate & evaluate the results. The UK will provide ongoing support on any aspects of the methodology throughout in order to assure the integrity of systems.
WP9 (led by Germany KVJS) will run alongside WP10 (led by Bollnas Sweden) & ensure ongoing in-depth dissemination to local NESSIE networks convened in each member country to ensure two-way dialogue with a wider range of stakeholders on matters relating to soft skills in the labour market. All of these networks will operate along similar lines but with national differences in operation & strategy taken into account. WP10 will also ensure wider dissemination of project progress, outcomes & products throughout the EU by leading all partners in the achievement of a Dissemination Strategy & finalising the production high quality dissemination materials. This will in turn be supported by WP8, establishment of a project website (led by Greece), as this will be the primary source of information, the platform for a professional social network & a critical communication tool. All partners will feed ideas into the website design & functionality.
WPs 1 & 11 will be led by the UK & take care of management, evaluation & quality assurance & will be active throughout the entire period of the project in order that high standards are set, monitored & maintained throughout & structure & regulation are achieved. This will involve financial management & leadership & all communication with Ecorys, the UK national agency to ensure compliance with LLP rules. The production of Interim & Final Reports will come under these WPs & be undertaken by the UK with support & information from all partners. The integrity of WP11 will be further improved by integrating internal and external evaluation. Again WP8 (website) will be a tool to aid the smooth achievement of management, QA & evaluation.
Although WP leadership roles are clearly defined, all partners will play a role in each, sharing expertise to ensure smooth progression of the project towards anticipated results & budgets. Dissemination will be integral from day one with all partners following the wider dissemination framework & also charged with delivery of their own country specific programme in order to engage with target groups in the most appropriate manner.
All of the WPs described will be supported by the website which will provide the project with a means for communication & an ongoing record of progress & best practise.