30 Youth Workers aged 25-35
30 youth workers will take part in a four-month mobility across the EuroMediterranean region.
Economic crisis is compromising the job of many workers around the Euro-Mediterranean area, specially young people.
Youth workers constitute a professional category characterised by its heterogeneity, and are facing the challenges of responding to demands of young people in very different changing contexts. Among others, creating more labour opportunities is one of the objectives of the renewed cooperation in the youth field.
Facing youth unemployment require the development of employability through learning and labour mobility opportunities: youth workers need experiencing mobility to enhance their capacity to promote and support mobility experiences of their unemployed young target groups.
They also need to in-service training on strategic project management and needs analyses to better respond to the needs of the territories in which they work.
Finally, tackling youth unemployment depends also on the ability of youth workers to connect with the target groups needs: particular situations such as disadvantaged groups or youth with migrant background or ethnic groups may require tailored measures and intercultural competences.
Mobility experiences are therefore essential for the development of all this knowledge, capacities, skills and competences of young youth workers.
60 young unemployed aged 25-35
60 unemployed youth, with previous studies or experiences in international cooperation and volunteering, will take part in a four-month mobility.
Youth are driving forces for the social, cultural and economic development of the Euro-Mediterranean Region. Nevertheless, the current situation of high youth unemployment rate represents a hard obstacle to fully express their potential.
This target group will potentially become youth worker after acquiring needed competences, but has not entered in the labour market due to the high unemployment rate highlighted. Skills mismatch and/or lack of relevant work experience are common factors and trends: a skills mismatch is often identified as the main obstacle to hiring young people both in EU and MED Countries.
On the other side, the lack of work experience implies growing difficulties in the job seeking, especially while taking the initial (and the hardest) step into employment. In fact, work experience can help young people develop important labour market skills, insights into working life, and can also boost their soft skills (team work, communication and social competences, adaptability, critical thinking and work discipline).
Civil society organisations and public authorities active in Mediterranean cooperation
At organisation level, it has to be pointed out the need to strengthen the position of civil society in public debate and in the elaboration and implementation of development strategies, especially addressed to youth. Particularly, it has to deeply support the construction of a multi-level dialogue setting a stronger collaboration relationship among civil society organisations, public administrations and local authorities.
Even in austerity times, CSOs are essential to the delivery of some services and activities as public authorities recognise: by the promotion of an integrated approach and synergies among different stakeholders can be achieved an inclusive economic development.
At the same time, it is necessary to invest in the training of the future youth workers in order to have expert people working in the CSOs able to use on the most effective, impactful and transparent way the EU opportunities addressed to Euro-Mediterranean countries, but also able to design any kind of local intervention responding to needs analyses.