ID Project: 2019-2-ES02-KA205-013345
Duration: 01- 09 – 2019 / 31 – 12 – 2020, 16 Months
The share of young people between the ages of 20 and 34 years neither in employment nor in education and training (NEETs) in the EU in 2017 (data for 2018 will be available on June 2019) stood at 17.2% and at 29.5% in Italy, 21.4% in Bulgaria, 20.8% in Spain and 14.2% in Estonia (source: Eurostat). The economic crisis that affected Europe in the last decade has led to high levels of youth unemployment and thus disengagement among young people with a record number of NEETs in 2013. Lowering youth unemployment and avoiding that a whole generation of young people in the EU could remain out of the labour market for years to come is at the heart of the EU policy agenda. For this reason, the EU commission launched several key actions to encourage youth employment and reduce the number of NEETs such as the “Youth Guarantee”, “European Solidarity Corps”, “Quality Framework for Traineeships”, “European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships” and particularly “Investing in Europe’s youth” through which the EU commission increased of EUR 200 million the Erasmus+ budget until 2020 to encourage participation of young people in society and solidarity work.
In this sense, Erasmus+ confirms the value and the impact of youth work to create better opportunities for young people in a NEET situation and to enable their active involvement in society and integration into the labour market. In other words, youth work appears to offer untapped potentials for developing new resources and solutions for young Europeans NEETs through activities conducted by youth workers in a supportive setting.
Considering all that, the main objective of “SustaiNEET” is to increase participation of NEETs into the labour market and in education through up-skilling youth workers in effective engagement methodologies. A secondary aim is to raise awareness of the heterogeneity of the NEET population across member states so that adaptations can accommodate diversity in the NEETs profile. Specifically, SustaiNEET aims to give the possibility to youth workers for better and more targeted provision of services through the use of tools which will be implemented under the project.
The main target group of SustaiNEET are youth workers dealing with NEETs, who wish to enhance their competences, qualifications and approaches in order to be able to be more competitive professionals and aim to provide the NEETs with better assistance and support them to become more employable or continue their education so as to attain their career goals.
Project results will be achieved through a careful project planning and defined project methodology. In fact, the project will be managed in a collaborative way, based on collective intelligence and regular communication. The following methodology will be applied: Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA). The project has been designed over 20 months to happen in 3 major consecutive phases.
The project will have the following main activities:
-Comparison State of Art of youth workers and NEETs report.
-One Intellectual Output (e-learning modules).
-Two International meetings.
-One Training event.
-Local workshops and dissemination activities.
The project will have direct, positive effects on the different participants as they will acquire more specialized knowledge on the issue of vulnerable young people in NEET situations and be able to create new initiatives which foster NEETs active involvement in society and integration into the labour market as well as through the peer-learning among youth workers there will be concrete opportunities of intercultural contact as well as upskilling professional competences, adding comparative assessment and rating of the results, the perception of a professional growth and greater social recognition of educational mission by stakeholders.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.