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Erasmus + : KA1 - Youth Exchange - Programme Countries

Place: Cyprus, Paralimni

Activity Dates: 04/04/2019 - 12/04/2019

Countries: Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, ,

Participants per country (incl. leaders): 5

Project Description:
Unemployment is still a huge concern in the EU with particular concern for youth. We have seen that education is at the forefront of our priorities and almost all young people have access to education, but this does not seem to equate to employment. This project will look at the employment market, analysing the demands and needs of the labour market and create a link between the people, their education and the labour market. Allowing young people to take advantage of this prism to find the best employment solutions, either in their countries or abroad.

The labour market is like a prism, it is diverse, complex and full of opportunities. The educational system in the EU is equally diverse allowing people to follow a path to their unique desires, let’s assume that education is the light and the labour force is the prism, together, in the right conditions we have a rainbow of colours, the various jobs and employment opportunities. Most young people see the employment/labour market as a piece of glass, meaning what they study should result in a job. This shows us that young people don’t really understand the diversity and ever growing labour market, not only in their countries but in the EU. We see that young people enjoy the freedom of mobility in the EU and often take advantage of the possibility to work in other country, often larger or richer countries, yet leaving a labour market searching for qualified people and often resulting in these countries searching for employees from abroad. The mobility is a fantastic opportunity and allows for the EU to grow and diversify, but this still leaves us with a gap between the labour force and the labour market.

This project will address this gap, looking at ways to better understand the labour market, the needs of each labour market, both local and European, then taking the skills, knowledge, education and competences of young people and matching them to needs of the labour market allowing young people to find the best employment opportunities based on these.

Many young people have complained that most employers need experienced workers, and this is one thing that young people are not able to get without employment. The project will explore various EU and national tools that will allow young people to gain experience, gained added knowledge, skills and competences so that they can meet the needs of the labour market.

Our project was developed by the partnership by identifying the most common concerns of young people in the partner countries involved. We have a diverse level of experience in the labour markets allowing us to share and exchange knowledge and good practices for a European solution for young people, allowing young people to be empowered and innovative in their approach to the labour market and allowing them to understand the labour market and its needs and also understanding their skills and competences and matching these with the needs of the labour market, thus creating employment opportunities and letting them pave the way to their own future.

The project will also have business experts talking to the participants giving them the perspective of the labour market from those who are in the labour market. We will have educators who will help us identify the possible faults of young people in their educational choices.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (Erasmus + Programme). These publication(s) article(s), video(s) and magazine(s) reflect the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

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Testimonials

Thank's to the Youth Exchange „Where do i Belong?” organized in Romania, in a wonderful area, named Predeal, i would like to think that i just found out where my soul and heart feels the best. 

In the first days were more relaxed and had enough space and opportunities to get to know each other and to accommodate.

So we took baby steps at first but I feel like we learned how to communicate better with people from other cultures (develop our social skills) and the most important aspect is that we were all the time encouraged to make friends through cooperation.

Personally i feel that there was not a single person with who i didn't interact with or had a dynamic activity with. 

I had the opportunity as well to organize a first workshop regarding the asylum seekers procedure from Romania together with Mihaela which decreased my fear for public speaking and also helped me to reach full potential when i want to transmit an idea in front of a numerous people.

Each activity that we had (name games, role play, creating a video, a magazine, a song about our experience during this days, building a country together, migrating to another cultures and become minority, crocodile game, game of thrones, etc) had a moral story behind, a problem that people are facing in different situations. 

This activities helped us to synchronize as a group, to realize all the barriers that a migrant, a refugee for example needs to go through, or maybe how all the stereotypes regarding genders affects our daily life without even recognize them. 

After all, I am pleased to say that this project has been really useful to share our experience, to overcome our fears, to learn to work as a one mind group, to connect everybody with everybody. Even the hosting place was amazing and the staff has been delighted and implicated.  

I am taking a picture in my memory palace to be sure that i will never forget this experience and the beautiful people which actually made this happen.

Thank you, my friends!

Anita Toth from Romania

 

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