BEST Institute for vocational training and personal training GmbH


Innovative and successful outdoor training models for disadvantaged young learners to improve their basic skills, self-awareness and social interaction


Young adult unemployment is an alarming social and economic issue, in particular among low-skilled early school leavers who will face the highest risk of unemployment in the future in Europe. In this context, European experts keep emphasizing on the obvious lack of basic skills, social skills and key-personal competences necessary to increase steady employability chances for young disadvantaged adults which need to be addressed in joint effort of policy-makers, employers’ organisations and educational providers. Most importantly, the challenge faced by the educational providers is to apply pedagogical approaches and methodologies that do actually attract young learners with negative school experiences and, consequently, often show a striking lack of motivation to participate in new training programmes.


Objectives and Target Groups

EXPLORE aims at offering new learning and counselling environments within outdoor training models to disadvantaged young NEETs focused on a motivational, joyful and holistic approach, to deliver efficient basic, social and employability skills and prepare them for future workplaces and/or further learning pathways.


Partners and Outcomes

A multidisciplinary consortium of five partners from Norway, Denmark, Italy and Austria will contribute with their expertise to provide the EXPLORE Analysis Report on gaps in the contemporary curricula and training programmes as well as the following outcomes:

  • EXPLORE Didactic Handbook to apply successful models of outdoor for skills development
  • EXPLORE Learning and Teaching Materials to provide practical, attractive and joyful contents
  • EXPLORE Platform and Open Educational Resource for learners and educational providers
EU-Program: Erasmus+, KA2, Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Coordination: Møllehagen skolesenter (Norwegen)
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: September 2014 – August 2016

em>This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.