SPEAK explores the propitious potential of public speaking and entrepreneurial skills, in order to achieve high ranking results, conceivable for the persons in the process of personal and professional development through enhancement of advanced communication and entrepreneurial skills, with a specific focus on public speaking ability.

This will be achieved by designing an innovative methodology regarding the transition of non-formal skills in the field of advanced communication and entrepreneurial expertise, the methodology will be established on the foundation of the Non–Formal Education and competence-based approach to the development and consolidation of freshly accomplished skills. The cross-sectorial aspect of the consortium plays an important role in the designing and development of the innovative methodology, considering the fact that the process of innovation will require diverse entrepreneurial expertise background, in order to deliver a redesigned methodology that is accessible for the social operators and citizens to achieve higher efficiency in terms of dispatched results.

The project complements the focus on public speaking skill with additional attention to entrepreneurial and communicative impairment. SPEAK deploys an intervention on the development and promotion of an innovative methodology on skills-related transition and takes in consideration the adults’ learning cycle dimension through a systematic assessment that will be based on educational, integrational and creative factors. As part of the development process, the non-hierarchical nature of the co-creation is adopted entailing a peertopeer process of co-operation between a group of creators in the achievement of an innovative methodology that effectively delivers public speaking and entrepreneurial skills to persons.

With a record number of persons that missed their jobs during the covid-19 pandemic, unemployed persons and the NEETs following the financial and economic crisis, there have been concerns among policymakers that a whole generation of citizens in the EU could remain out of the labour market for years. The data available from 2017 shows that unempèlyment rates in the EU- 27 are now increasing a lot realted to the corona virus crisis and it is necessary to give a re-start to the economy. From a narrowly economic view, the point out an elementary problem which is the rising difficulties for the European people in finding a reliable career perspective. The constant trend fluctuation of the European Labour Market and the international competition with other emerging labour markets across the world (such as BRICS and the Asian market) demonstrates the need to develop the alternative skill supply citizens of Europe, in order to foster employability and socio-educational and personal development.

Consequently, enhancing the labour value inside the European context as well as participation in civic and social life. The strategy points to challenges which are universal to the different roots of marginalization, among which include; low access to education and employment in the labour market, income inequalities and excluded young people as compared with the mainstream population. Skills/qualification related barriers hampering socio-economic exclusion of marginalized persons, are compounded by visible and hidden forms of social stigma surrounding marginalization, as discordant with societal bias in favor of “mainstream” identities, laying at the roots of exclusion, apathy, discouragement and refrain from engagement, be it educational, social, recreational or occupational- acting as drivers of self-feeding circles.

–Promote the innovative educational format of speaking skills enhancement, co-creation and peer-interaction;

–Contribute to the guidance and methodological support to operators in the implementation of co-creation programmes in public speaking targeted at excluded persons by published materials;

–Reduce the social exclusion of disadvantaged persons by creating and piloting a format for educational offer targeted at social operators and organizations for the development of their capacities in employing speaking skills enhancement, co-creation and peer-interaction; Target group SPEAK is addressed to, is an audience of direct targets and indirect targets; Direct Targets:

–Educators/trainers in the social field providing or interested in developing their understanding of Communicational and Entrepreneurship;

–Entities with outreach to the targeted categories (NGOs, cultural businesses and associations, Arts centers/groups, Organizations providing services for excluded people). Indirect Targets: Call 2020 Round 1 KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices KA204 – Strategic Partnerships for adult education Form

–Disadvantaged people especially aged 18-35 coming from marginalized urban and rural communities What results are expected during the project and on its completion? The consortium of partners is expecting a set of tangible and intangible result to have matured by the end of the 24 months of the present cooperation, divided among tangible and intangible: