JEC: How Emotional Intelligence can enhance unemployed people in the job search

Dec 9, 2019Employment and Employability, News

Five organizations from four different member countries launched a new European project called “Training of Emotional Intelligence in Job Clubs to improve the employability of unemployed adults”, or “Job Emotions Club” for short.

The project is funded by Erasmus+ under KA 2 Strategic Partnership for adult education strand and aims to develop a methodology that aims to promote the training of Emotional Intelligence within Employment Clubs to help adults looking for job to enhance their employment opportunities.

According to Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence (1995), “when it comes to being successful in life, cognitive intelligence has an impact of between 10 and 20%, and emotional intelligence between 80 and 90%”. The ability of managing emotions and understanding others is a starting point in finding the right employment and is important especially when the people involved come from marginalised areas or have a disadvantage background, because they rarely have the chance to explore their own feelings and emotions.

In order to ensure the success of the project and high quality of the content, the coordinator of the project, Acción Laboral, selected the partners for their expertise in this field. The partnership is composed of four not for profit organisations (Acción Laboral from Spain,

Merseyside Expanding Horizons from United Kingdom, Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci from Italy and Social Innovation Fund from Lithuania) all of who are active in the field of social inclusion and education and experienced in supporting unemployed vulnerable people, and one private education and training company from Spain, Instalofi Levante S.L. (FyG Consulting). The composition of the consortium guarantees that different European perspectives, values and ideas will be considered in the development of the materials and methodologies.

The first project meeting was hosted by Merseyside Expanding Horizons in Liverpool on November the 5th, and partners had the opportunity to discuss the Job Emotions Club project and plan the first project’s activities. The next meeting will be held in Palermo, Sicily, where Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci is based, and different training and events will be organised after this meeting, both on a local and European level.

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