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AKI-App

An international tool

Origin of the project

The AKI tools are meant to help you highlight transversal competences (soft skills) acquired in international youth mobility projects.

 

They were developed between March 2015 and March 2017 by FGYO, BIJ, LOJIQ and OFQJ as well as the Walloon Business Union (UWE) with cofinancing from the Erasmus+ Youth Programme of the European Union, protected under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

 

 

The AKI-App tool emerged as a follow-up to this European partnership between OFQJ-DFJW, BIJ, INSUP, LOJIQ and OFQJ in the form of a digital and free access version of the AKI evaluation kit. 

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The AKI-App partners

AKI-App brings together around FGYO a variety of international mobility operators
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Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO)

OFAJ (in French) / DFJW (in German) or the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) is an international organisation which serves to foster Franco-German cooperation. It was established by the Elysée Treaty in 1963. The mission of FGYO is to encourage youth exchanges between the two countries; to foster their mutual understanding; therefore changing attitudes toward the neighbouring country.
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Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO)

OFAJ (in French) / DFJW (in German) or the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) is an international organisation which serves to foster Franco-German cooperation. It was established by the Elysée Treaty in 1963. The mission of FGYO is to encourage youth exchanges between the two countries; to foster their mutual understanding; therefore changing attitudes toward the neighbouring country.
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INSUP (Institut Supérieur De Formation Permanente)

Since its creation in 1978, Institut Supérieur de Formation Permanente (INSUP FORMATION) has been supporting young and adult jobseekers towards a work activity and has been helping employees to develop their skills. Open on Europe and on the world, INSUP has created its own international mobility department (to host and send jobseekers on Erasmus + internship) and has taken part in many European strategic partnerships including the AKI project that INSUP coordinates. From 2009 till 2016, we had been entrusted the promotion of the mobility policy of the Regional Council of Aquitaine through its Aquitaine Cap Mobility Platform.
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Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ)

The Franco-Quebecois Youth Office (OFQJ) is an international cooperation organisation founded in 1968 born out of a bigovernmental agreement between France and Quebec. The Office caters to 18 to 35 year-old young adults, whether they be job seekers or active professionals, artists or business entrepreneurs, work placement participants or students. It contributes to better connecting the youths of France and Quebec by developing mobility programmes designed to facilitate the professional and social inclusion of young adults (e.g. work placement opportunities and civil service volunteering).
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Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ)

Created and co-managed by Wallonie-Bruxelles International and the General Administration of Culture of the Ministry of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ) is responsible for managing various international non-formal education programs for young people from Wallonia and Brussels. To learn another language, to do an internship in a company, to discover other cultures and realities, to exchange good practices, to create networks … alone or in group. Around the world.
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Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ)

LOJIQ (International Youth Offices of Québec) boasts nearly 50 years of experience since it encompasses Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ), which was created in 1968. LOJIQ also includes Office Québec Wallonie Bruxelles pour la jeunesse (OQWBJ), Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse (OQAJ), and Office Québec-Monde pour la jeunesse (OQMJ). It seeks to foster the professional and personal development of young Quebecers age 18–35 by helping them gain rewarding and educational experience abroad. LOJIQ is an important player in Québec’s Youth Action Strategy, supporting over 4,000 Quebecers each year and welcoming nearly 3,000 young adults from outside the province. LOJIQ offers five mobility programs: Entrepreneurship; Professional Development; Civic Engagement; Studies, Internships, and Student Projects; and Employment and Social and Professional Integration. LOJIQ falls under the purview of Québec’s Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie.
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Recognising competences

Participants having gone abroad step out of their comfort zone as they change their habits and make discoveries. They thus tend to develop certain competences.

 

The technical and linguistic skills can be formalised thanks to existing trade-specific frames of reference or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The task gets harder when it comes to recognising the acquisition of soft skills such as the ability to adapt or enter a group.


The initial AKI partnership started from this observation to eventually devise a guidebook describing 5 competences typically acquired in an international mobility experience: 

  • open-mindedness,
  • adaptation to change,
  • interpersonal relations,
  • sense of responsability,
  • self-confidence.

 

These 5 competences were specifically chosen with the help of participants gone abroad, youth professionals and representatives of the business world in Europe and Quebec (Belgium, France, Germany, Quebec)

The 5 AKI competences

Self-confidence

Open-mindedness

Interpersonal relations

Sense of responsibility

Adaptation to change

Having self-confidence reflects the ability to believe in one’s potential (knowledge, abilities, qualities, values) and to act with assertiveness in a specific context (professional, personal, social).

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Open-mindedness allows a person to have a wider look at their surroudings, at others and how to adapt their behaviour and speech to individuals and context. In other words, to be open-minded means to welcome cultural and diversity of opinions and to adapt accordingly

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Having a sense of interpersonal relations allows a person to adequately communicate with others in order to build relationships, to engage in a group by being actively involved in the pursuit of a common goal and to maintain a network of acquaintances or contacts with people from all backgrounds.

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Having a strong sense of responsibility allows a person to respect their commitments, taking into account the resources and constraints of their environment, to account for their actions and to be accountable for the consequences. A responsive person is reliable and trustworthy.

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Adaptation to change allows a person to cope with unforeseen and diverse situations in a constantly evolving society

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The questionnaire and the AKI competences recap sheet

The guide is completed by an assessment kit. It provides tools to help the participant to reflect upon their international mobility experience (questionnaire for the participant, follow-up sheet for the tutor, AKI competences recap sheet).

 

AKI-App was devised on the initiative of FGYO to facilitate access to the evaluation kit by the automatic generating of the questionnaire and AKI competences recap sheet.

Any organisation can now help its participants to highlight the acquired competences.

Also, any participant can, of their own initiative, benefit from the tool.