Soft Skills Training and Recruitment of Adult Educators - SOSTRA - Häme University of applied sciences
Soft Skills Training and Recruitment of Adult Educators – SOSTRA
Häme University of applied sciences

Soft Skills Training and Recruitment of Adult Educators – SOSTRA

SOSTRA is making soft skills visible

Soft Skills Training and Recruitment of Adult Educators – SOSTRA, is an EU funded Erasmus+ Strategic partnership project

SOSTRA project is responding to the new EU Council Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning (2018) fostering also the development soft skills, often referred to as personal and interpersonal skills, and sometimes to as ‘life’ or ‘socio-emotional skills’. “Our societies and economies rely heavily on highly educated and competent people. Skills such as creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, intercultural skills, taking initiative and problem solving play an important role in coping with complexity and change in today’s society.”

Soft skills are closely connected with employability and competence development, both being important focus areas also in EU 2020 strategy and joint actions linked thereto. EU countries have different methodologies and approaches on the assessment of soft skills and furthermore on training of teachers. The SOSTRA project is seeking an innovative way to intertwine digital badge-driven learning approaches and competence-based education into soft skills development in the field of European adult education.

Six organizations from Finland, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain are forming a partnership on soft skills. By joint actions the partners aim to support adult educators, training companies, school-based training centres, training consultants and HR staff in achieving a better understanding of the needs and importance of soft skills in their daily activities and of their further development.


  • to recognize the need of soft skills and competencies in partner countries through 2 Delphi rounds
  • to identify and describe 15 key soft skills and competencies in learning outcomes
  • to develop an online self-reflective test for assessing soft skills
  • to co-create an open badge-driven learning process to improve missing soft skills


  • a list of identified and recognized adult educator’s soft skills
  • an online self-reflective test for adult educators for assessing soft skills
  • a competence-based, open digital badge-driven learning process for improving soft skills
  • educational, multimodal material for developing the missing soft skills

Competence-based and open badge-driven process makes educators´ personal competence development more flexible and personalized. With the help of SOSTRA outputs adult education institutions can apply innovative methods in their Human Resource Management activities, especially in recognizing soft skills during the recruitment process.

SOSTRA outputs will be adapted to local needs and contexts including translations in six languages. The technical solutions will be applicable for average users. This aspect is a conscious criterion ensuring the sustainability of the project results.

Follow our work at SOSTRA project website

Project partners:

  • HAMK University of Applied Sciences, School of Professional Teacher Education, Finland, Project Coordinator
  • Formacion Para El Desarrollo E Insercion, Sociedad Limitada, Spain
  • Universidad De Cordoba, Spain
  • Fondazione Hallgarten-Franchetti Centro Studi Villa Montesca, Italy
  • Orange Hill Sp. Z o.o., Poland
  • Centrul Pentru Promovarea Invatarii Permanente Timisoara Asociatia, Romania

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SOSTRA in social media

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1 month ago


The Final Conference of ICARO - Innovative Curriculum on Soft Skills for Adult Learners (Project no: 2017-1-ES01-KA202-038271) "From Home to Work" took place on 12 June at the European Committee of the Regions. The event was co-organised by the Belgian partner EfVET and the Murcia Region Office in Brussels. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago


Project goes global, intensive day with intra-, interpersonal and socioemotional skills #softskills / Sanna, Finland ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago


Badge news! Now we have created and designed badge descriptions for 15 adult educator soft skills which were highly ranked in our European wide surveys #sostraeu In the following months descriptions will be translated into Romanian, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Finnish. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago


Today, #ThankATeacher

Teachers - you shape lives, touch lives, change lives.
Your job is tough, every day a new challenge -
Through education, you raise us up.
You are at the heart of #ErasmusPlus,
And from our hearts, we thank you.

#ThankATeacherDay #TeacherAppreciationWeek
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3 months ago


Next huge step forward in SOSTRA project. Training meeting in Timisoara - working on the content of badges for 15 soft skills.

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#SostraEU #SoftSkills

Thank you Centrul Pentru Promovarea Invatarii Permanente for hosting us so warmly!
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Thank you very much Rodica Pana and Daiana Huber for your excellent organization of the meeting and for your warm welcome in Timisoara, see you soon.

Thank you all partners for a fruitful meeting Rodica Pana and Daiana Huber for hosting us 🙂 It was lovely to be in Timisoara!