Thirty two youth workers and youth leaders from Poland, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Romania, Lithuania and Croatia came to Szklarska Poreba, Poland from 25th of January until 2nd of February on a Training course in order to explore and address the vicious cycle of youth unemployment that leave millions of young people out of work, at risk of poverty, social exclusion and socio-economic marginalization.
During 8-days of intensive program and by using participant-centered, non-formal and experiential methods, the Training promoted youth entrepreneurship and improvement of youth’s employability skills through youth work and non-formal education while in the same time offered the chance to work on practical non-formal learning tools and follow-up activities that can increase young people’s chances to get employed or start their own business.
Through hard work, creative workshops and peer-to-peer activities, participants were trained, empowered and improved their competences to successfully work through non-formal education on improving the entrepreneurial, employability and transversal skills of young people they work with within their organisations and communities as a way to combat youth unemployment and promote active participation in democratic in Europe.
The Training course enabled participants to get to know each other and their cultures, introduce their organisations, conclude partnerships for future cooperation with other involved organisations, discuss the situation of unemployment around Europe, learn about various European support and funding schemes for employment and entrepreneurship as well as to widen their knowledge about the concepts of employability, entrepreneurship and transversal skills. Participants have also learned how to develop business plans through the whole process of business development from the identification of an idea or a need, through its development to management and attracting investments as well as worked on creating or improving their Europass CV’s.
The main learning part and result of the Training course was the development, practice and evaluation of new non-formal learning tools (activities, methods and approaches) for youth workers and young people that were summarized into a Youth Employability Stimulators Toolbox on the topics of youth unemployment, entrepreneurship, intercultural learning, entrepreneurial and transversal skills.
The Training course was the only mobility activity of the project “Youth Employability Stimulators of Tomorrow” that was applied by consortium of 9 European youth organisations through the leading partner Youth Support Centre, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation established in Lubin, Poland by youth workers, young people and professionals, motivated to work with non-formal education in addressing the issues that concern their local community, Poland and Europe in general.
For more information about the project, daily updates from the Training course and produced results, we invite you to visit the project website at www.youthemployability.wordpress.com and follow the official project hashtag #YESTbyYSC.
The project “Youth Employability Stimulators of Tomorrow” is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union through the Key Action 1: Mobility of Youth workers and granted by the Polish National agency.