The ArtE project kicks off to bring the JobAct® model to scale


UpSocial is part of the consortium that will adapt the JobAct® approach, based on art as an educational principle, to enhance employment in Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus + programme, ArtE (the Art of Employability) will transfer the knowledge from the original model, adapt it to the new contexts and document the lessons learnt from five pilot projects. The aim is of this effort is to facilitate the model transfer to other contexts.

A proven innovation

Over the course of 13 years, JobAct® has proven its effectiveness in tackling unemployment, especially among people in vulnerable situations. By engaging in all the phases needed to develop a theatre play, participants start an empowerment process to leave behind demotivation and social isolation while building self-esteem. Theatre is thus understood as a tool for social and job skills development, aimed at accompanying participants to stand on their own feet and return to employment.

Natural continuity of the ACSI Project in Barcelona

JobAct® was identified as an innovative solution under the scope of the Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion (ACSI) project. Coordinated by UpSocial and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and “la Caixa” Foundation, the initiative made it possible to identify social innovations to tackle youth and long-term unemployment in five European cities. A panel of experts selected JobAct® to explore its implementation options in Barcelona.

In the following months, UpSocial will return to conversations with key stakeholders in the city in order to start building a collaborative framework to explore scaling options beyond the pilot project.

A multidisciplinary team

Projektfabrik, the organisation that developed the methodology in Germany, is leading the consortium and will be in charge of transferring the knowledge to the partners. Vivaio per l’Intraprendenza and Cooperativa Sociale Patchanka will bring in their experience from previous adaptations in the North of Italy. In turn, Stone Soup and UpSocial will orient evaluation and scaling strategies, whilst the Technic University of Dortmund will coordinate documentation tasks.