Project Type Transfer of Innovation
To employ young people brings various assets to a company: fresh ideas, high motivation, flexibility and resilience and applicable knowledge related to the educational level.
On the other hand, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), insertion of young people is often a big challenge. Many young applicants are early school leavers, have failed to complete vocational education and training, and often they are socio-economically and/or personally disadvantaged.
YES responds to the clear need to strengthen staff managers’ skills to interact with youth who will make up a considerable proportion of the future skilled work force.
In many European countries integration into the labour market of early school leavers, young people who have failed to complete vocational education and training and other groups of youth with socio-economic and/or personal disadvantages is rather difficult. Most businesses, especially SME, are very reluctant to employ and/or train such young people or give them a second chance for vocational training, as those responsible for human resources are worried that these youngsters are too “difficult” to deal with and require too much attention and time of their supervisors. Especially in rural regions part of the barrier to cope with this challenge is based on intergenerational misunderstandings. Experiences from previous partner work with young people in large scale job insertion programmes as well as other initiatives indicate that SME are more inclined to employ and/or train “difficult” young people if they receive comprehensive and intensive coaching and training support. There are already many initiatives which target young people, but there is a clear lack of support and training offered to the other side, the potential employers.
The main aim of YES was to respond to the clear need in Europe in general and the project partner countries in particular to strengthen staff managers’ interaction skills with “difficult” youth, who will make up a considerable proportion of the future skilled work force.
Description YES has adapted, combined, and further elaborated the Leonardo da Vinci project products EurojobMediator and ADEC- Adult Educator in Company to a comprehensive youth employment support system for SME and has implemented it in different industrial sectors in seven of the eight partner countries. Thereby SME were to be convinced to employ and/or train young persons.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
program or curricula
The main outputs of YES are:
1. Five specific blended learning modules covering the topics: law and regulations, behavioural aspects of young people, pedagogical skills, spefific soft skills.
2. Coaching offer. Therefore common coaching guidelines were developed.
3. Virtual support platform (http://yesproject.cesga.es/) that mainly provides the e-learning environment and a forum tool for peer interaction.
4. Dissemination products: YES website for project information: www.youth-employment-support.eu; project flyers, posters, newsletters.
4. YES product brochure with sample CD.