Action based research


This workpackage aims are as follows:

  1. To gather detailed and specific intelligence from employers on: Current understanding of soft skills Which soft skills are considered of most value Any existing methods to develop soft skills in employment Any existing methods on assessing and certificating soft skills competencies Existing soft skills expertise within the enterprise Preferences for methods of training and modes of delivery
  2. For the NESSIE project to act on the results of this research to adapt training materials and methods to match what employers want.
  3. To feed results into the body of material published to the project website to be used during dissemination to show that project intentions are valid and based on reliable primary research.
  4. To keep enterprises which contribute to the research fully informed of project progress and invite them to carry out pilot work with the finalised resources when they are ready for transfer.
  5. To contribute to project dissemination and effectively reach the project target groups.

Description of activities:

Sandviken Kommuns will lead the NESSIE partnership in the following activities:

  • Planning & preparation for initial interviews with enterprises in all partner countries on soft skills in the workplace
  • Sandviken will carry out a small pilot session (or test run) with small number of companies to make sure the questions are properly understood & increase likelihood of gathering the best possible data;
  • Evaluation of results of small pilot leading to dialogue on adaptation of questionnaires required and feedback to consortium partners at partnership meeting -Survey and interviews with larger number of enterprises
  • Collect and assemble the results from the survey -Share the results with the partnership and all participating enterprises
  • Invite enterprises to a seminar in each country to present the survey and raise interest and make preparations for the upcoming testing methodologies and target groups
  • Transfer of results to employers’ organisations, national employment agencies and the vocational training sector in each country.

The resulting report on employer expectations in the assessment and development of soft skills in the workplace will be the result of conclusions drawn from the employer consultation in all 7 partner countries. It will be used by the consortium for discussion and adaptation of materials and methods. It will act as a vehicle for structural change in the way the materials and methods are used. It will also be a valuable dissemination tool and a source of primary research that others might find useful.


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