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What's My Employability
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Jul 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Unemployment, and especially youth unemployment is a major concern all over the EU. Young people are more pressured into getting degrees and qualifications in order to increase their chances of employment but there seems to be a gap in the system as universities and schools are not being updated about the market trends and as a result the employability of youth is decreasing, even though their education is increasing. This training course looked at the concept of employability and look at the various tools available to help youth to increase their employability. The various workshops and activities allowed the youth workers gain the tools to help more youth to gain the knowledge and the tools for them to understand the markets better and to increase their employability. We looked at issues like cross boarder employment, education, EVS, EURES, and other EU tools and discussed these in details, taking knowledge and experience from the different youth workers and organisations, sharing experiences with each other and giving a better understanding of how these work. We managed to gain real knowledge of these issues especially cross boarder employment and employment opportunities as many young people simply think that by going to another country the employment problem ends, but there are many other factors to take into account when working and living in another country. Workshops were developed that are being used by the partners to help young people in each community to understand cross boarder employment opportunities better and make more informed choices in this regard. Many young people have an attitude that there are no employment opportunities left and as a result they sit back waiting for an opportunity to come to them, and as a result we blame the system for this. We managed to give the understanding that there are many employment opportunities out there and it is our responsibility to go out and find the jobs. EURES was used as an example for this. It is our responsibility to find the various incentives and tools available to us, in order to increase our employability and to create the employment opportunities we need. The project participants were youth workers working with youth from countries with a very high youth unemployment rate and the idea of the project is to give the youth workers the tools and knowledge to help young people in each of these communities to increase their employability, to make the correct educational choices based on the market needs and help young people prepare better for different employment opportunities. Additionally, we will also looked at cross boarder employment and created workshops that will help young people make the correct choices before they take on the move to another country. We shared and exchanged good and bad practices from each country and put all the good practices together for formulate workshops and activities so that each of the partner organisations and other organisation can help more young people in these important and desperately needed areas.

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