Although Europe has been recovering from the high unemployment of the recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns that were implemented have had a significant impact on local and global economies. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that more than 25 million jobs will be lost in the coming months, as a result of the outbreak. Current data show that by the end of 2019 the unemployed in EU-28 were 15,475 million. At the same time, low-skilled adults have limited labour market prospects compared to other individuals with more qualifications (OECD, 2019), with unemployment having a huge psychological impact on them.
OVERCOME is an Erasmus+ project that aims to enhance low-skilled adults’ competencies and support their inclusion in the labour market and society, by reinforcing their employability skills as well as their psychological capacities. To achieve this, it will build the skills of career counsellors and adult educators to better support low-skilled adults; it will build the psychological capital of low-skilled adults and develop resources with quality material, curricula, toolkits, and OERs to build the competencies of low skilled-adults and their educators.