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Enhancing Quality of Apprenticeship and Learning
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Oct 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

According to data on unemployment, published by Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), in December 2014, the youth unemployment rate was 21.4% in the EU28 and 23.0% in the euro area; young people unemployment is a big problem that the European Union is trying to resolve nowadays this topic being found in policies such as Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes, EU Youth Strategy and Europe 2020 targets. Also, the latest net migration statistics show that in the year ending September 2015, net migration to the UK was 323,000. Latest employment statistics from the Labor Force Survey show estimated employment of EU nationals (excluding British) living in the UK was 2.0 million in October to December 2015, 215,000 higher than the same quarter last year. Non-EU nationals in employment increased by 38,000 to 1.2 million and the total number of British nationals in employment increased by 278,000 to 28.3 million. Therefore, nearly half of the growth in employment over the last year was accounted for by foreign nationals. (These growth figures represent the NET change in the number of people in employment, not the proportion of new jobs that have been filled by non-UK workers.) There were 38,878 asylum applications (including dependants) in 2015, an increase of 20% compared with the previous year (32,344). This is the fifth successive year in which asylum applications have risen, although the number of applications is low relative to the peak in 2002 (103,081)As a solution to drop the unemployment rate and to provide better inclusion for migrants we would like to deepen the concept of apprenticeship; we believe that kicking off their career with an apprenticeship is a great way for young people to get to work. This will help them gain and develop professional skills and get experience in the work field while they earn some money .We will organize a seminar that will help 24 youth workers from UK, Romania and Spain understand in a deeper, more meaningful way the concept of apprenticeship, share their experience, learn from good practice examples identify the challenges with regards to the topic etc. We believe that developing high quality, inclusive, apprenticeship programmes is providing young people with the right skills and experience for employment.The main objective of the project is to raise the employment rate among young people, with an accent on young people with few opportunities (migrants included).Specific objectivesO1 Support the understanding of the apprenticeship concept and programmes in a deeper, more meaningful way by the 24 youth workers from UK, Romania and Spain.O2 Raise awareness among employers and other social actors of the importance of apprenticeship as a method to increase employability.O3 Develop the necessary skills and competences to be able to bring together the unemployed young people and the local companies and develop better quality, inclusive Apprenticeship Program, by the 24 youth workers from UK, Romania and Spain.Improving the way of operating towards their target group in the 3 partner organizations: Tinevo, CREED and Building Bridges.Working methods used: open discussions, research, presentations, debates, open forum, open space, games, peer to peer education, Walt Disney Strategy, brainstorming, SMART method, mentoring, role play, games, debates, public speaking, workshops, storytelling, open discussions, games, public cafe etc. There will be a manual of methods used during the seminar which is going to be available online.The results and impact we expect consists in raising the quality of inclusive apprenticeship programme in Madrid, Neamt and South West England. We will achieve that by creating a database with companies opened to inclusive apprenticeships, raising awareness among young people, having professional youth workers that facilitate the process, creating a brochure that will help other stakeholders multiply the results of our EQUAL project . This will decrease the rate of unemployment among young people and will contribute to better inclusion for young migrants.
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