Projects

Over the 18 years of its existence, EKS has grown into a renown organization specialized in adult education and career counselling, both at national and European level. We work with various disadvantaged groups (long-term unemployed persons, women on maternity and parental leave, the elderly, migrants) as well as professionals in the field of counselling and education (teachers, trainers, career counsellors and coaches). We cooperate with schools, universities and other stake holders in the field of education with the focus on improving the quality of career guidance for adults and children. We have participated in several international projects aimed at sharing of good practice in education and career counselling for disadvantaged groups and for young people.

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Our projects are focused on:

  • Individual and group career counselling and coaching (job seeking, balancing work and family, personal development, competence mapping)
  • Training individuals and organisations (theory and practice in career counselling, management and soft skills, self-development courses)
  • Cooperation with schools, universities and other stake holders in the field of education focused on improving the quality of career guidance for adults and children (both on regional and national levels)
  • Research and pedagogy (publishing methodologies and training books on education and career counselling, developing new training methods, conducting studies on gender and migration)
  • Implementing projects both on national and international levels focused on promoting equal opportunities and integration
List of our projects
Crucial Impacts on Career Choices

September 2018 – August 2021

The project is a follow up to the Erasmus+ project called Diversity in Career Counselling, which took place in 2015 - 2017. It addresses the challenges faced by the career guidance professionals working with young people in the ever changing globalised Europe of the 21st century, when only few people receive proper career services when making career choices. Consequently, those choices are made on the basis of stereotypes, role models, media and social situation, and not by the young people’s actual values and competences.

The project aims at developing strategies and tools for the career practitioners who work with young people across Europe. We bring together practitioners from different contexts and different countries. In particular, our partners are The University of Derby (UK), VIA University College (Denmark), The University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and Sivitanidios Public School of Trades and Vocations (Greece).

Project activities

  • Six transnational meetings, such as local visits and work on the research and handbook
  • Carrying out a research
  • Creating a handbook for career practitioners, containing tools for working with their clients.
  • Dissemination of the project outputs and organising dissemination seminars in each country.

Project outputs

  • Handbook for career practitioners, available for free in Czech, English, Danish, Spanish and Greek language
  • The research aimed to explore all the elements that are influencing career choices of students in primary and secondary schools, together with recommendations for practitioners on how to deal with those challenges
  • International online seminar where participants will have an opportunity to participate in training workshops and debates on project outcomes

Project coordinator

Lenka Němcová

  • E-mail: lenka.nemcova@ekskurzy.cz

Donor

The project "Crucial Impacts on Career Choices" is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Start up your career

January 2020 - June 2022

Our intention is to support mothers of small children in the regions of Hradec Králové, Pardubice and Vysočina to start a career after parental leave, with regard to the trends prevailing currently in the respective regional labour markets. Project participants will map their strengths and competencies, practice job selection procedures, develop management competencies and create a career action plan with the help of coaches and mentors. The project directly supports 120 participants and we will publish three labour market analyses.

Project activities

  • Analysis – the effects of digitalization on the labour market
  • Career counselling
  • Competence mapping
  • Training assessment centres (AC)
  • Development of management competencies
  • Mentoring

Project outputs:

  • To map the participants’ strengths and competences acquired during their life as a basis for further career development. The project will engage 80 women, 50 of whom will have established competence portfolios and 64 will receive evaluation of the competences they have demonstrated in a training AC.
  • To enhance the participants’ self-confidence and career aspirations. The project will provide 1500 hours of individual counselling, 80 meetings with mentors, lasting one hour each and leading to identification of career goals.
  • To create a career action plan that combines career dreams and desires with the reality of local labour market. Specifically, 50 career action plans, corresponding with the reality of the labour market in a specific region.
  • To strengthen participants’ management skills (adaptation to change, lifelong development, work with career information). Specifically, 50 reflections on career portfolios, including considerations on how to apply the participants’ competences in different contexts and how to further develop them.

Project coordinator

Lucie Tvrdíková

  • E-mail: lucie.tvrdikova@ekskurzy.cz
  • Telephone: +420 774 454 970

Donor

The project " Start up your career" (project number CZ.03.1.51/0.0/0.0/17_081/0011614) is supported by EU funds with the help of the Operational Programme Employment Czechia.

 

Prague is our home

August 2019 - January 2022

The aim of the project is to support socially isolated migrants and help them integrate into the Czech society and labour market. The project offers education (Czech language, labour law and residence legislation, communication and social competences and job application), individual counselling and strengthening of social connections. In the project we will directly support 260 people and we will also develop new methods for working with the target group, which we will test in courses and publish in the form of a manual for self-study (2000 pcs).

Project activities

  • Development of methodology
  • Czech language courses
  • Educational package of rights and obligations in the Czech Republic
  • Communication, democratic and social skills
  • CH-Q course (mapping of career competences)
  • Individual counselling

Project outputs

  • Better knowledge of Czech language - level B1/C1, which is necessary for obtaining a stable job and active participation in the society. Specifically, 8 courses of 20 hours and a capacity of 8 people, 8 courses of 40 hours and a capacity of 8 people, trained twice. 64 people with knowledge of Czech language at B1/C1 level.
  • Participants acquire democratic, social and communication competences that will help their integration into the society (openness, empathy, ability to dialogue and cooperation, conflict resolution). Specifically, 16 courses of 20 hours and a capacity of 10 people, with the total of 160 trained people.
  • Participants receive information about their rights and obligations in the Czech Republic (residence and labour law legislation, job application, taxes and entrepreneurship, ...) Specifically, 30 courses (approx. 10 topics, repeated 3 times) of 4 hours and a capacity of 5 people, with the total of approx. 30-60 trained people.
  • Identification and development of competences (strengths, skills, life and work experience) that will help the target group find employment in the labour market and in the society. Specifically, 16 courses of 20 hours and a capacity of 10 people, with the total of 160 trained people. Every graduate will create a competence portfolio and an action plan.
  • Development of new methods for working with the target group, based on diagnostics and mapping of competences, working with motivation and story of the client and their application in courses. Creation and distribution of a manual for self-study containing tested methods among migrants and professionals. The output is the applied methodology for the courses, a published manual of about 80 pages and in a volume of 2000 pieces, 1000 of which will be distributed.

Project coordinator

Lucie Tvrdíková

  • E-mail: lucie.tvrdikova@ekskurzy.cz
  • Telephone: +420 774 454 970

Donor

The project "Prague is our home" (project number CZ.03.2.X/0.0/0.0/18_095/0011223) is supported by EU funds with the help of the Operational Programme Employment Czechia.

School is fun

January 2020 - June 2022

The aim of the project is to contribute to enhance the democratic climate at schools at four selected primary schools in Prague through education and long-term support from teachers. For the purposes of the project, democracy means the possibility for pupils (and therefore also their parents) to become co-creators of their own educational process and, thanks to this, to take more responsibility for their own current and future educational path.

In the long term, the project focuses on prevention of early school leaving and on increasing the quality and availability of primary education. We aim to strengthen the quality of education by incorporating elements of the personal, social and civic competence building into teaching, by promoting a democratic culture, respect for diversity and understanding in the school community, and by strengthening the cooperation between school and parents.

Project activities

  • Analysis of the quality and teaching methods in schools and of the quality of the democratic environment at school.
  • Modifications of the school curriculum and methodological guidance for teachers on how to apply these changes in practice. Each school develops an action plan to implement the proposed changes.
  • Training of teachers and supporting them in implementing the recommendations in practice.
  • Individual consultations for trained teachers, monitoring the process of implementing changes and subsequent SEP modifications so they work in practice.
  • Assessment of the level of cooperation between schools and parents. We help the school to modify the existing ones and create new activities and opportunities for closer cooperation with parents.

Project outputs

  • More than 100 trained people in the selected elementary schools
  • Publication of a collection of good practice

Project coordinator

Lucie Tvrdíková

  • E-mail: lucie.tvrdikova@ekskurzy.cz
  • Telephone: +420 774 454 970

 

Donor

The project "School is fun" (project number CZ.07.4.68 / 0.0 / 0.0 / 19_068 / 0001456) is supported by EU funds with the help of the Operational Programme Prague – Growth Pole of the Czech Republic.

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