This JANUS+ project is based once again on work-linked training because they are the best crucible to identify these soft skills due to the succession of periods in training and work situation. Thus these work-linked trainings cause a further rise in maturity. Three major stakeholders have to contribute to and beneficiate from the acquisition of soft transversal skills: the hosting company, the training center and the trainee. These soft skills, while important, are not always recognized –particularly in small organizations like VSEs (Very Small Enterprises), SMEs (Small and Medium sized Enterprises), and small associations from whatever sector, where there are usually neither human resources department, nor people familiar with soft skills.
The JANUS+ project has its roots in the JANUS project which ended in 2014. The Janus Project has provided a solid base for understanding those factors which contribute to trainers and trainees having positive experiences, and the work-linked programmes having positive outcomes. But it has also furnished insight into the resources required to ameliorate interpersonal difficulties, the support structures (both at peer level and organizational level) that are fundamental to positive learning outcomes, and the necessity for the recording of verifiable and certifiable learning opportunities particularly in the soft transferable skills domain. Based on these outcomes, the JANUS+ project intends to go further in the soft transferable skills domain by proposing an innovative pedagogy to teach, learn and assess soft transferable skills, by involving the 3 stakeholders (host companies, training centers and trainees) in the process and by working on an assessment tool. The ultimate goals are as in Janus to secure employment and training but in a new way which brings complementarity to this project.
- Promoting better integration and assessment of transversal soft skills to develop a comprehensive medium and long-term employability and thus fight against dropouts and unemployment. More and more companies not only look for "intelligent people" but also "smart people" that combine knowledge, skills and attitudes (soft skills) to adapt to constantly evolving contexts and complex situations.