On February 20th our SEPAL project partner from Greece, KoiSPE «Diadromes», organized the first dissemination event in Athens, where they presented the project to NGO representatives, social organizations and educational staff.
The participants were introduced to new cooperation possibilities, the WISE model, the main objectives of the SEPAL project and to the target group of young people between 24 and 29 years old that are the main focus of this project. As a result of the discussions that took place, we expect a productive cooperation in increasing employment of youth by applying the apprenticeship method.
Meeting with LSC’s in Suceava/Romania
On February 21st2019 experts from Bucovina Institute participated in the Work session Pro-Pact for employment and social inclusion which was held in Suceava, in the Administrative Palace.
The scope of this session was the active involvement in the formulation of public policies in the areas of employment and social inclusion, in cooperation with public authorities. We were happy to take part in the event, to connect with the LSC’s and promote the SEPAL concept.
Know-how Exchange in Badalona/Spain
The Know How Exchange meeting was held in Badalona/Spain, in the period February 28th – March 1st, 2019, in order to discuss Work Package 1, the SEPALWISE methodology, the best practices in each country and to consolidate the understanding of the project work packages. The meeting was hosted by Partner 2 Pere Closa.
The partners discussed about the supported employment services in their own countries, addressing these key issues: current status of supported employment/vocational services, experience past or present with supporting employment of vulnerable groups, resources (human and also material) and expertise existent at organisational level that can assure the successful implementation of the project, challenges or issues that have emerged during the implementation of supported employment services and how could these services be improved to better address the needs of vulnerable groups, best practices in the field of employ-ability and qualification.
1st Dissemination event in Poland
The 1st dissemination event in Poland, for the SEPAL project, was organized on March 22nd, 2019 in Szczecin, by Collegium Balticum.
The speakers and the participants discussed about the difficulties encountered by youngsters in search of a job and how work helps in the rehabilitation of youngsters in difficult situations. Also, the participants discussed about the methods of eliminating the phenomenon of work below qualifications and counteracting social exclusion through strategic actions for the development of human potential (comparative analysis of the labor market in Poland and Germany).
An important contribution was brought also by Mr. Paweł Radziszwicz, a doctor of social sciences, director of youth shelters since 10 years, which talked about the difficulties encountered by pupils of Detention Centers in search of a job and how work helps in the process of inclusion of juvenile offenders.
1st Dissemination event in Spain
The dissemination event´s objectives that took place on March 28th 2019, organized in Badalona/Spain by Pere Closa, were to share challenges on employ-ability and labor insertion according to diversity perspectives, promote a common space between PEER experiences to prevent and ensure alternative intervention through social entrepreneurship and to create a multidisciplinary and transversal team to address the opportunities identified.
The three main pillars of the workshop discussion consisted in: Education, Social issues and Labor Insertion. The participants discussed these two very important questions:
o If the companies include the value of diversity when hiring new staff.
o How to provide help to NEETs regarding employment and how to make sure that they will be treated fairly.
NEETs in Europe – an overview
There are many reasons that explain European Union (EU) concern with taking action on increasing youth employment: the youth unemployment rate is double as compared to the adult one (21.2 % against 9.8% in January 2015); more than one in five young Europeans on the labour market cannot find a job (in Greece and Spain it is one in two); even when young people do work, their jobs tend to be less stable and less paid; early leavers from education and training are a high-risk group; resignation rate tends also to be increased among this group.
An indicator that tries to capture young people’s participation in the labour market is the one known as NEET (not in employment, education or training). The term NEET appeared for the first time in UK in the late 1980s, as an alternative to “status zero” phrase that had a negative connotation. The term was later adopted by others states, yet the definition of NEETs varies among countries. The overall NEET category comprises young people aged between 15 and 29 years old (in Japan this expands up to 35 years old), regardless of the level of education that are not employed and don’t follow any educational program. It is considered that NEETs are exposed to a higher risk of social exclusion and labour market exclusion.
At EU level, NEETs are considered one of the most problematic groups in the context of youth unemployment. In 2012, 7.5 million of young people were neither in employment nor in education or training (NEETs) and the proportion of NEETs increases considerably with age. According to Eurostat, the NEET rate, which stood at 6.1% for the age group 15-19 in 2016, tripled to 18.8% for those aged 25-29.
Eurofond (2016) distinguished seven subcategories within NEETs population.
Who will live and work in the EU in 2060?
The Joint Research Centre and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis recently launched a joint report on the future demographics of the EU.
By looking at factors such as migration, education levels and labour force participation, the report provides a set of scenarios that reveal how these factors can shape the EU’s future population and labour market.
Some key findings from the report include:
the EU will boast an even better educated labour force in the future, with as much as 59% of the labour force achieving post-secondary education compared to 35% today
though better educated, the EU’s future labour force will be smaller. This means that European workers will need to support more dependents in the future, putting EU social systems under increased pressure
the report analyses possible scenarios to improve the dependency ratio and thus the sustainability of EU welfare states.
More details you can read here: https://epale.ec.europa.eu/en/content/who-will-live-and-work-eu-2060
The SEPAL project is financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment