Young people in Europe have been hit particularly hard by the recession with regard to their employment prospects. According to the latest Eurostat figures, 14 million of young Europeans aged between 15 and 24 are NEETs. This group comprises persons who, regardless of their education level, are disengaged from both work and education and therefore at a higher risk of labour market and social exclusion.
The project reacts to the concrete need of empowering young people by motivating and encouraging them to re-engage into education and labour market. To achieve this aim, the project will work with NEETs at two levels: first, equipping them with the motivation and skills needed to enter the labour market. Special focus will be put on personal development, help them cope with personal difficulties and/or boost confidence and motivation (positive thinking); and skills development, either filling existing gaps or more proactively seeking to acquire skills needed to progress to further employment and work related activities such as work-place behaviour, CV elaboration and interview skills.
For those young people who would like to explore self-employment, the project will create specific entrepreneurship support- and measures to promote youth entrepreneurship and self-employment for young people willing to set up their own business as a special service to promote alternative route into the labour market. Young people will be offered advice and support on how to prepare a business plan and workshop training on entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship.