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Start date: Oct 1, 2014, End date: Sep 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Consortium promoter of this proposal, coordinated by the Provincial Development Board of the Council of Cuenca, and shaped by 18 VET organisations, both public and private bodies, presents the project “FRAY LUIS DE LEÓN” thanks to the extensive experience in mobility projects. “FRAY LUIS DE LEÓN” intends to continue with the training and work activities that have brought many benefits to the youth of the province through projects developed mobility, thanks to which these young people have gained valuable work experience, combined with the cultural and linguistic experience. All of this will increase the chances of finding a job and raise their levels of employability, which is the main objective of this project. The group objective of “FRAY LUIS DE LEÓN” consists of a total of 25 young from Cuenca between 18 and 35 years old, graduates of a VET certificate, obtained in any of the centers that make up the Consortium, and preferably with no previous work experience. The Professional areas which the project addresses correspond to the training offered by member institutions of the Consortium and are: - Agrarian - Administration and management. - Trade and marketing. - Electricity and electronics. - Hospitality and tourism. - Information technology and communications. - Installation and maintenance. - Personal image. - Sound and vision. - Wood, furniture and cork. - Health. - Safety and environment. - Sociocultural and community services. - Transport and vehicle maintenance. The needs and problems of young graduates from Cuenca in these sectors are broadly: - A high rate of youth unemployment. - Little or no work experience, course handicap to achieve insertion. - Limited knowledge and use of a second language. - Low level of self-employment in the province of Cuenca. - A high concentration of the population in rural areas. - Very limited labour supply in the province due to lack of a solid business network. - Academically limited. - Loss of human capital for young graduates who have to emigrate to work in jobs related to their training. - Lack of knowledge and use of ICT. - Little awareness of European citizenship and the workforce to compete in a global market. Based on the socio-economic context, to identified needs, professional sectors and the overall project objective, we have established the following specific objectives: - Achieve a specialization of the participants based on their training and through a quality work experience abroad. - Improving language skills in a second European language. - Answer the labor demand of the sectors served. - Promoting entrepreneurship and self-employment as an alternative. - Create synergies between public and private actors in the province for the promotion of youth employment and education. - Promoting equal opportunities for young people in rural and urban areas and between men and women. - Knowledge and use of ICT. - Provide pre and post stays guidance. The relevance of the project is enhanced by the fact that it operates on a rural, depressed territory with scarce resources, providing greater opportunities for participants to complete their qualifications and find employment. “FRAY LUIS DE LEÓN” provides 25 selected participants according to a public and transparent organization with stays for completing professional training in European companies for 3 months in Padova (Italy), Lisbon (Portugal), Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Prague process (Czech Republic). In each of these cities, the Consortium has the support of a set of intermediaries and host companies that consolidate the quality of the project partners. Undoubtedly, a cultural and social level, apprenticeships offer young people of Cuenca the opportunity to live an enriching experience that will take place in a cultural context characterized by diversity, with new forms of work and resolving conflicts, which contribute to having a broader vision and social skills increasingly valued by companies. In short, “FRAY LUIS DE LEÓN” is the result of the commitment of the Board and its partners to promote training and employment for local young people. Therefore, implementing this project is designed to meet the stated objectives and achieve positive results, both locally and for project participants who may complete their training routes, gain work experience and improve the learning of a second language.

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