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What are the problems that Neets face today?

There are many reasons that hide behind the increasing levels of NEETs in the European area. Young people that lack certain levels of education find it very difficult to find their place in the labor market. But exactly what are the problems that most neets face nowadays? And what causes these problems?

What mainly causes the problems for Neets nowadays is the lack of professional opportunities for people that lack higher education. Although it is understandable, up to a certain point, that some work positions demand certain skills, it is not at all acceptable that for some of the lowest positions companies are still demanding higher education although it might not be relevant to the job itself.

As a result that leads to NEETs with no working experience which will make their integration to the labor market even more difficult. The solution cannot be to aim for higher education. Some people might not have the ability to study, for any number of reasons.

Another very important problem that NEETs face is a lack of motivation. A lot of NEETs that are not able to progress with their lives, no matter how good their professional ideas might be, get discouraged and lose any hope they might have of finding employment.

Young people, with or without higher education are still the future. Young people without motivation are people that will not be able to offer to take advantage of their personal skills and competencies to help their societies and become important stakeholders towards evolution and innovation.

Sometimes higher education is not important. What is important is the personal skills and competencies of a person and how well those skills are trained. The European Union, in an effort to support young people everywhere, especially young people without proper education are implementing projects aiming at enhancing and promoting employability, for everyone, in every possible way.

One of those projects is the PERSON project. The main aim of the project is the need to understand young individuals in detail during their transition from being NEETs( not in education, employment or training) or inactive to work. The others are the need for data collection and sharing tool/platform, an education plan (for attracting and retraining more inactive young individuals and to bridge in communication and joint work that often exists between universities, staff. senior management and students in internalization efforts and activities.

NEETs are young people with just as much potential as any other. They deserve to surpass the obstacles and be given the opportunity to build a bright career for themselves.


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Maria Dalakoura
Senior Project Manager