Terms of Reference for Consultant
Youth Employability Skills Training to Vocational School Students
ASST Project in Shanghai
Save the Children
Youth Employability Skills Training to Vocational School Students is a part of the Adolescent Skills for a Successful Transition (ASST) Program in Save the Children, which aims to support deprived youth from vulnerable backgrounds with low education, enabling them to acquire skills and competences for pursuing their employment aspirations and a decent life in a supportive environment.
In Shanghai, ASST program targets migrant youth and deprived local youth enrolled in public secondary vocational schools (16-18 years old), with an intension to help improve their job and life prospects.
This project will provide cases about vocational school students’ transition from school to workplaces of STEM fields to vocational school teachers and students, and support teachers to apply cases into soft skills training sessions, in order to improve 1,000 students’ employability.
- Content of the cases is about employability skills which empower youth to become competent worker, including: social skills (conflict resolving, empathizing, adaptability, respect for others), communication skills (oral, written, non-verbal, listening and negotiation skills), higher order thinking (problem solving, critical thinking, goal setting , decision making etc.), intrapersonal skills of self-control (emotion management, stress management, gratification delaying, time management), positive self-cognition (self-confidence, self-awareness, motivation) as well as job search skills.
- Vocational school teachers will be supported to use cases in vocational training sessions to improve employability of 1,000 vocational school students.
- Consultants shall have professional ability and experience in developing and distributing cases about adolescents’ transition to workplaces and employability skills practiced in career adaption
- Consultants shall have rich working experience in the field of secondary vocational education in Shanghai, with an understanding of perspectives of stakeholders in the development and employment of secondary vocational students, including students, employers, vocational schools, and vocational education management departments.
- Consultants shall have experience in education and training, especially with participatory methodology and approaches.
- Consultants shall understand adolescents and youth issues as well as employment-supporting programs.
- Consultants shall have excellent communication skills, especially with deprived adolescents and youth in secondary vocational schools.
Key activities of consultant will include but not be limited to the following:
- Consultant shall be responsible for design and planning of the real-workplace-scenario case collection for secondary vocational school students.
- Consultant shall support interviews of employers and graduates, as well as related video recording activities.
- Consultant shall be responsible for drafting the cases and producing the video version;
- Consultant shall support the release of the case set through the online vocational educational medias, to make cases accessible to youth.
- Consultant shall support vocational school teachers to use cases in the existing courses of vocational education to enhance students' professionalism, and regularly discuss with ASST project team.
1. 100 cases about vocational students’ employability skills in real scenario of workplaces shall be drafted, publicized and released on vocational educational medias by May 31st 2020.
2. A 2day training session shall be delivered to teachers, supporting them to use the 100 cases to improve students’ employability skills.
3. Documentations shall be regularly submitted to Save the Children, including work plan, cases, feedback from teachers and students etc.
The Youth Employability Skills Training will be conducted in a 7-month time frame.
- Production and publication of cases shall start from November 2019, including design and conduct interviews of employers and graduated students, draft cases texts, produce videos as well as release cases on vocational educational medias.
- Vocational school teachers should be supported to use the cases in training sessions targeting 1000 students of STEM fields.
- Consultant get on board. ASST project team of Save the Children clarify project requirements.
- Consultant submit a detailed work plan on case collection and publication. Consultant and ASST project team reach an agreement on the work plan.
November 2019 - February 2020
- Consultant collect cases though interviewing graduated vocational school students, visiting and interviewing employers (HR, line managers of graduates), etc.
- Consultant draft cases according to interviews, and issue cases on vocational educational platform.
March 2020 - May 2020
- Consultant support teachers on using cases in soft skills training sessions and career counselling sessions in secondary vocational schools, with training materials, records, feedback documented and submitted to Save the Children.