The DESSA project

DESSA project aims to develop an apprenticeship scheme for the acquisition of soft skills by students in upper secondary and higher vocational education and training with the help of a natural mentor. 

Who can use the DESSA self assessment tool?

VET students, in order to track their progress of soft skills during their apprenticeships. 

Company mentors, in order to prepare an action plan together with the VET students, for the development of the soft skills that they lack.


Soft Skills

Soft skills are regarded as generic, transferable, core or key skills, that can be applied across varied organisational and employment contexts and should be considered supplementary to established educational requirements (OECD, 2001 & 2012).


Key competences for lifelong learning

Soft skills are classified as “Key competences for lifelong learning” and can be divided into three main groups:

  • Personal skills
  • Social skills
  • Content-reliant/Methodological skills



Self-assessment of Soft Skills
Self-assessment of Soft Skills

The objective of the self-assessment tool for soft skills is to detect the ones that you possess and the ones that you lack.

Orientation Guide
Orientation Guide

The self-assessment tool is accompanied by an orientation guide, with guidelines for the improvement of your soft skills.

Apprenticeship Scheme

Do you want to track the DESSA project progress and follow our activities? Follow the link bellow to learn more.


Friesland College – Netherlands  –

Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri – Spain –

Akademia Humanistyczno-Ekonomiczna w Lodzi – Poland –

IDEC – Greece –

KSPMC – Lithuania –

IIEK DELTA – Greece  –