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Direction Employment

Name of the Project: Direction Employment
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Project Coordinator: WCIF (Bulgaria)
Type of Project: EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment - Innovation and exploration
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CSF (Bulgaria)
LGL (Lithuania)
BICERO (Slovenia)
L-MOMO (Italy)
ICS (Ireland)
Instituto Politécnico do Porto (Portugal)

Aims and Objectives
The project will unleash the potential of NEET youth, suffering from multiple discrimination (i.e. Roma, LGBTI, refugees, single mothers, disabled) by applying an experimental model for youth education, based on progressive pedagogy, integral and gamified methodologies. It will contribute to promoting the values of diversity and inclusion in the labour market concerning race/ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and global and digital citizenship.
By uniting partners from different sectors - NGOs, university, companies - from Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovenia, Portugal, Ireland and Italy, who have a proven track-record of working for the social and labour market inclusion of young people from highly marginalized minorities, the project will:
  • create the 4.0 DE educational model with experimental and innovative curriculum.
  • test the educational model in different contexts and with different target groups, whose marginalization based on intersectionality make their access to the labour market very difficult.
  • establish the mobile classroom model to training trainers at regional level.
  • apply a social impact and integrated assessment tools that will produce comparative data, which will demonstrate the impact of the methodology on the trainees as well as on their close environment (extended family, peer group, etc.) and on the employers.
  • Communicate the project at annual public events such as ED/CON.

The project envisions 3 annual cycles of recruitment, training, and post-training placement monitoring of the NEET youth, 1 diverse group of up to 30 trainees per country/per year. The final evaluation will be based on the following key indicators:
  • 52% of the trainees have received placements;
  • 75% of the trainees have reported changes in behaviour/self-assessment;
  • 55% of the employers of the trainees have reported changes in their perception of the employability of NEET youth from highly marginalized minorities, which leads to sustainability.

Coordination of the project in ISCAP / Researchers involved
Prof. Anabela Mesquita
Prof. Luciana Oliveira
Prof. Adriana Oliveira
Prof. Paulino Silva
Prof. Maria José Gonçalves

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