“EARLY identification, INDIVIDUALIZED targeting and TAILORED intervention for young people at risk of NEET – flexible pathways and an effective methodology for the transition into the labour market”
The project developed an intervention, based on existing methodologies, to reduce the risk of young people to become NEETs (‘Not in Education, Employment, or Training’) and has piloted the intervention in Italy, Portugal and Spain. The overall aim of the project is to help address the NEET issue in Europe by focusing on prevention and improving and providing pathways back into education and training as well as enabling contact with the labour market.
ContextAccording to Eurofound, there are 14 million young people in Europe who are NEET which corresponds to 15.4% of the population between 15 and 29 in Europe. NEET refers to young people between the ages of 15 and 29 that are not in employment, education or training.NEETs are a particular challenging and disadvantaged group in the context of youth unemployment and also mean a great loss to European economies. The European Commission has funded this project to use a preventative rather than remedial model in order to tackle the NEET issue.
- Understand the risk factors of young people becoming NEET.
- Identify young people at risk of becoming NEET.
- Develop an intervention tailored to the individual needs of young people and elaborate with them tailored and flexible pathways to further education, training or work.
- Address the NEET phenomenon using a preventative approach.
MethodologyThe project combines the development of an innovative model, piloting it in Portugal, Italy and Spain, and an impact analysis to measure the outcomes of these pilots at regional/national level. More specifically, the project involves the:
- Development of a model based on existing best practices, from Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, in identifying and preventing young people from becoming NEET.
- Application of the pilot project in Portugal, Italy and Spain by adapting the model to the needs of young people and the context of the pilot countries.
- Process and impact evaluation based on stakeholder interviews, pre, post and 6 months follow-up student surveys and session reports.
- Helping young people to develop the social capital (contacts, networks, know-how) to find a job.
- Ensuring that young people know how to choose the most suitable EET for them.
- Encouraging young people not to have a negative attitude towards school/learning.