The “Academy of Technical Careers” (Academia de Cariere Tehnice) begins, the project that helps high school students discover their potential

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 03/02/2021 | 16:55

Students from high schools with a technological profile from all over the country have the opportunity to discover their potential and be guided to begin a career in the technical field. The non-governmental organization Școala de Valori supports students from technological high-schools and starts the enrollment process for the “Academy of Technical Careers”, a project organized with the support of PEPCO Romania.

 

The Academy of Technical Careers (ACT) is a project born under the auspices of the Career Laboratory, a career guidance initiative started by the educational association Școala de Valori. ACT is addressed to students from technological high schools in Romania, more precisely to young people eager to explore their potential and find out what a career in the technical field, or in other related fields, might look like.

ACT by PEPCO will guide 60 students from all over the country, offering them a personal development framework and tools to clarify their career path after high school. Within the project, students will participate in 12 personal development workshops, will be involved in 3 inspirational events such as Living Libraries (meetings with professionals in which young people will be able to ask questions about the field of work) and will have a virtual visit at PEPCO Romania. The learning experience will consist of a mix of personal development and career guidance workshops, which will lay the foundations of skills that will be in high demand in the coming years.

According to the “Future of Jobs Report”, a detailed analysis of the future in the fields of work around the world, a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the activities in which human labor will continue to overcome automation will be:

  • coordination, development, management and consulting (it is estimated that, in 2025, 70% of activities in the field will be man-made and 30% will be automated);
  • counseling and decision making (60% of the tasks will go to people, and 40% will be automated);
  • performing technical and complex tasks, but also manual work will have an equal division between people and automation.

Thus, the ACT by PEPCO project aims to support young people and guide them to create a professional future that is adapted to their skills, but also related to the evolution of the workforce.

 

About the jobs of the future, in the current context

The global pandemic context has also meant a stagnation of the labor market, but also a clear direction towards certain skills that future employees will have to master, according to the latest report published by the World Economic Forum in October 2020 on future jobs.

One of the report’s predictions is that in the next five years, technical jobs will replace endangered trades and professions, but there is a low growth rate for future jobs, mainly due to the context generated by COVID-19. In order to develop job opportunities, it is necessary to collaborate globally, at a fast pace. A project like ACT by PEPCO contributes to guiding young people preparing for new trades and professions, actively contributing to the return of a favorable context for the labor market.

The WEF analysis shows that the trades that will disappear will be replaced and even outnumbered by the jobs of the future. Thus, it is estimated that in 2025, new jobs will increase by up to 5%. In other words, in 2025 there will be 85 million jobs that will disappear, based on the distribution of labor between people and automation. Instead, there will be 97 million new job opportunities, some adapted to new divisions, which will combine human skills with automation and algorithms.

 

About the enrollments in the Academy of Technical Careers

Students from the 10th and 11th grade from technological high schools in the country can enroll in the Academy of Technical Careers until February 15, accessing the following link: https://forms.gle/WaYay4wuCS1iTczk9.

The project will run for six months, during which time the 60 students selected in the project will go through the activities together and will have the opportunity to integrate into the team of the School of Values, developing volunteer skills and education based on values. All project activities will be carried out exclusively online, respecting the rules in force and the context of COVID.

More details about ACT by PEPCO are available on the page dedicated to the project: https://laboratoruldecariere.ro/act

 

About the School of Values

The School of Values ​​is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 2009, which guides young people to train their potential, in order to develop prosocial attitudes and behaviors that will help them in life and career. The organization’s mission is to help young people become creators of their own lives, being the only association in Romania that implements value-based education in programs – an educational model that involves the development of skills divided into four areas: character development, personality exploration, civic involvement and well-being.

Currently, the organization develops four national educational programs: Adopt a High School, The Exceptionals, Career Laboratory and Arcademia through which it actively contributes to the development of local education, providing knowledge and guidance to adolescents, young people and teachers.

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