Your career is waiting – get ready!

The aim of this project is to help young people better prepare for the labour market entry and at the same time to encourage greater inclusiveness and acceptance of disadvantaged groups, people with disabilities in particular. The project is targeting young people between 16 and 20 years and a special target group is constituted by disadvantaged young people. The project is being implemented in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy and Belgium.

Duration

June 2019 – May 2021

Donor

The implementation of the project was supported by the Erasmus + program

Project summary

Youth unemployment continues to be a problem in all the partner countries, especially when it comes to young people with disabilities and young people from other disadvantaged groups. This disadvantage may be originating in different causes, from cultural differences to health disability.

The aims of the project will be pursued through two types of training while both are based on EPIC n.o.’s past experience and expertise. First training is focused on young people and helps them prepare for the future job in a highly interactive and hands-on way in direct cooperation with the HR professionals. The success of this kind of training is assured by relevance of its content created in cooperation with academics, HR specialists and recruiters and by close cooperation with business sector reflecting real employers’ needs and requirements. The second training is aimed at sensitisation of employers towards employing people with disabilities and at education of prospective employers.Throughout the project and across the project countries 400 young people will be trained, from which at least 20% are young people from disadvantaged communities, young people with disabilities in particular. Another goal is sensitisation training in at least 20 companies across the partner countries and creation of at least one lasting partnership with a company in each partner country.

In each country, a thorough analysis will be created through data gathering and research over more than 20 months. This will provide a look at the evolution of the situation and the direct impact of the curriculum. Additionally, those national analyses will be brought together in a comparative study assessing among other things the applicability of the model in other countries. The final output will also provide policy recommendations and general recommendations to be applied in other than partner countries. Another output will be videos with selected participants aiming at capturing the personal experience and impressions from the project and help with its continuation.

Main expected results are increased preparedness of young people for the labour market and job interview process, improved understanding of labour market demands and better assessment of their individual skills. In terms of social acceptance, we expect increased acceptance and improved understanding of people with disabilities by employers leading to greater openness towards employing people with disabilities and to creation of special hiring projects for young people with disabilities. This will have direct impact on young peoples’ lives through their greater chance at successfully entering the labour market.

Based on the results of the analysis, we’re expecting for this project to be proven to be generally acceptable in different settings, with necessary adjustments, and therefore it has the potential to serve as a good practice example for other countries and organisations. We’re also aiming at increasing the visibility of youth unemployment and disability awareness and at starting wider discussion about those issues in the society and on the policy level.

Partners

EPIC Assist, o.p.s. (Czech republic)

Cometa Formazione Societa Cooperativa Sociale (Italy)

Tracé Brussel (Belgium)