Youth unemployment has lifelong effects on income and employment stability, because affected young people start out with weaker early-career credentials, and show lower confidence and resilience in dealing with labor market opportunities and setbacks over the course of their working lives. The world of work has become an increasingly challenging environment, especially for young people. Youth unemployment in the EU is persistently higher than for other age groups. It becomes a much more serious issue when we are talking about young people who come from groups at risk. They are facing increasingly more obstacles when it comes to entering the labor market. Young people with fewer opportunities, NEETS, economically disadvantaged people, and young migrants are expected to demonstrate strong and relevant employability skills in order to get and keep a job. The problem is there are not many opportunities available for these where they can receive career guidance advice, acquire new skills and competences, prepare for the labor market so that they can be qualified and competitive enough.
EMPLOY(mEntoring prograMme for young People at risk for Labour fOrce entrY)
EMPLOY is an 18-month project aimed at young people with fewer opportunities, NEETS, economically disadvantaged people, young migrants. EMPLOY Project explicitly seeks to re-engage young people with these systems in preparation for entry to the labor market. It has developed this online multilingual mentoring e-Hub, where young people can find:
- Advice - via the available EMPLOY Skills and Competencies Handbook for delivering mentoring for successful entrance into the labor market
- Mentoring topics - provide the full description of the mentoring pathways to be followed in providing services to young users
- Mentoring tools - provide description and applications of methods envisaged to enable the mentoring process: online communication through online sessions
- Peer learning - allowing mentees from different countries to communicate and exchange information, which will further foster the quality of the mentoring process
- Useful and relevant learning materials.
The partner consortium of EMPLOY project proposal brings together 2 universities, a career guidance centre, a research centre, and 2 youth organizations in a concerted effort to develop a suitable mentoring mechanism for young people at risk, so that they can find advice, mentoring and peer learning with the aim to integrate into the labor market and reach successful professional realization. EMPLOY project is coordinated by Higher Institute of Insurance and Finance (Bulgaria) and will be implemented together with EMINA Pályaorientációs Alapítvány (Hungary), CELJSKI MLADINSKI CENTER, JAVNI ZAVOD ZA MLADINSKO KULTURO, IZOBRAZEVANJE, INFORMIRANJE IN SPORT (Slovenian), TDM 2000 (Italy), Law and Internet Foundation (Bulgaria) and Yasar University (Turkey).
Among the outputs of the project is a mentoring e-Hub, Skills and Competencies Handbook and a Policy Toolkit.
The Skills and Competencies Handbook is innovative in its core ideas and goals by being the first attempt for a transnational framework with European outreach which contains guidelines with the envisioned content or goals, manual on how to best focus efforts on employability competencies, career guidance, and mentoring for young people at risk. The Handbook contains many different sections of valuable information, insights and good practices for young people in the context of their integration into the labor market, which can be applied not only to the ones involved in the EMPLOY network but for other young people facing similar struggles in other scenarios. The handbook is based on the wording and principles of the European Qualification Framework, which offers visibility and comparability across Europe. It is distributed freely and is available on the platform, as well as available through all social media accounts.
The Policy toolkit will be based on the synthesized results from the previous activities of the EMPLOY project and will include the implementation and/or improvement of policies and guidelines, educational measures, and a roadmap for further knowledge transfer activities. The toolkit will be available online in 6 languages (EN, BG, TR, HU, Sl, and IT), downloadable, and adaptable to the institutional needs of all relevant policy- and decision-makers, as well as other key stakeholders in the field of youth employment.
Read more about the project's objectives and partners on the project platform: http://employprogramme.eu/