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Start date: Feb 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The labour market has become very competitive and we are seeing youth unemployment in many countries exceeding 40%. Employment doors are constantly closing for our youth. Our project will look at the labour market problems and help youth find ways to explore new avenues of employment and to know exactly where they should be looking for employment. We will explore a variety of competences and methods to increase these skills in order to increase the employability of youth. The project is designed for youth from all four corners of Europe to allow for greater diversity in learning and sharing or best practices. The majority of the participants are disadvantages young people who are unemployed and desperately seeking methods to find employment in their countries or within Europe. The participants will exchange good and bad practices from their countries and we will explore all the opportunities available for youth in the EU and on national levels to help them maximise their skills and increase their employability. The partners of this project have worked together to develop this project as we have identified two main concerns in most of the partner countries, namely that young people are unaware of how and where to look for employment and secondly don’t realise the skills that they have and often underestimate their capabilities. With this project we hope to allow young people to understand their potential and give them the confidence to understand and acknowledge their skills and competences and give them the tools to be able to explore more employment opportunities so that they know where to find employment.We will look at the advantages of the freedom of mobility that we all have as EU citizen but will shed light on the difficulties that might be encountered allowing the young people to make more informed choices when considering mobility as an option.We will promote enlargement and sustainability in our home countries and in the EU but helping young people to first explore all their options in their home country before considering moving abroad. A very important element that we will need to address in the project is information, access to information and how young people find information. Why do young people not find information (about employment or opportunities) when we live in an age when information is at our fingertips?We believe that this project will give young people the needed understanding of labour market needs and of their own skills to overcome the problems of youth unemployment in their countries and in the EU. In order to achieve these goals the activities foreseen for the project are vital. Very importantly we will need to establish a trust between the participants so that they can openly discuss the issues and problems in each of their communities. These discussions will give the youth more confidence, especially when seeing that youth from other countries are facing the same problems. Open debates will allow the youth to express their personal viewpoints of different matters and to justify them through discussions. This will also allow for others to gain knowledge based on the experiences of others.Workshops will be designed to maintain a European dimension as all groups will be made up of at least one person from each country allowing for cultural learning during the workshops. Workshop are designed around the various subjects allowing the different youth to discuss the issues and work together to solve problems and share experiences.Role playing will also be used to allow the participants to get another perspective of different problems. This has proven to be very successful as it allows for the youth to see common problems from the viewer’s point of view rather than the actor. This also allows for innovative ways of showing problems.Simulations are also done during the project, allowing people to take on roles which are often opposite to their real roles. During the simulations the participants will take on roles to re-enact a real situation based on events and problems in the real world. The participants will work together in their different roles to solve problems and to find solutions to these problems. Important here is that the participants take on random roles which add additional learning tools as they need to think and act as the person they are simulating. Using all the above tools and methodologies the youth learn through fun activities which are real, but are within a safe environment allowing them to learn from each other, make mistakes which can be corrected through discussions and not put themselves at risk. In real life when making these choices the results could be dangerous but these activities simulate reality and allow for learning in a safe and secure environment.As a result we will give the participants the tools to be able to help young people understand the problems of employment, looking in the right places for emp
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