From 20th to 23th November 2017 in Sofia the first training for NEETs under the COMP-Pass project was held. It turned out that despite the numerous preliminary contacts, meetings and conversations for explaining the nature of the content and benefits of such training for the target group, very few of the previously confirmed participants came and attended the training. The training started with seven, but ended with 6 people. Some of them were from a minority ethnic group outside the capital living in small remote area. After overcoming the initial surge and disturbance, the training went in ascending order. Already during the training, fulfilling the various assignments, almost all of the participants found in themselves hidden talents and opportunities for place themselves at the labor market. Various variants and ideas for the preparation of videos, techniques, possible scenarios, the use of ready-made animated applications were demonstrated.
The lessons we had learnt from the first sessions led us to make some changes for the workshops that took place at the end of March 26-30 in Sofia. The participants had really different backgrounds from the ones of the first group. Techniques of working with PS and camera were of course quite different, as well as the technique they had. A much bigger and more interesting challenge was the storylines and possible ways of realization of the video materials than the group work by identifying hidden or underestimated skills. Unlike the first group, YouTube's discreet knowledge was high and did not raise questions about public use. However, the issue of the real value of the e-portfolio in a Bulgarian version, without a section for employers, its usefulness, applicability and counter-effect for eventual finding of a job, was discussed with even greater force.
The target group is difficult to access as a whole, sometimes the problem is a shame of origin, a lack of education, prejudices or just laziness due to the country-specific psychology of "guardian parents and helpers to the grave". There is also the other extreme highly educated, with abundant skills, possibly overestimating, which often leads them to participate in highly technological international criminal structures - hacking, banking and stock market fraud, where the financial benefit is not the first, but the self-demonstration.
The COMP-PASS workshops were really challenging but everybody learnt a lot, which was, in the end, a real success for all!