This project was focused on the development of a set of preventive measures, based on existing methodologies, in order to reduce the risk of young people to become NEETs by the development of an overall intervention, tailored at every national –even local– level, tested in Portugal, Spain and Italy and counting on the active participation of relevant and committed stakeholders: teaching staff, education and professional counsellors, local, regional and national authorities, companies.
To achieve this aim, the project revolved around specific activities, which results were meant to be validated and presented in public events.
Guidelines for Early Detection of potential NEETs and Identification of Preventive Intervention Measures
Though the youth unemployment and the new NEET phenomenon share certain features, they refer to different realities. On this basis, VET and Employment technicians, teachers/trainers, tutors/mentors and counsellors need to recognize the characteristics potential NEETS share amongst them, pointing out also associated risk factors. It is also crucial to identify preventive measures to reduce the potentiality of becoming a NEET amongst population aged 15 to 24, tailored to each local context.
Methodology of Individualized Targeting and Tailored Intervention with potential NEETs
In order to assure effectiveness, the prevention strategy requires an individualized and flexible intervention with a local focus. The resulting methodology, tested and further validated with potential NEETs in Portugal, Spain and Italy, included mentoring and coaching sessions aimed, on one hand, at enhancing their employability and facilitating their smooth transition from school/VET to the labour market and, on the other hand, at providing work-based experiences. Additional instruments and materials dealing with soft competences for potential NEETs as well as supportive tools for mentors and career counsellors were also an important resource to facilitate the applicability of the methodology.
Guide “Model for Early Identification, Individualized Targeting and Tailored Intervention for potential NEETs: Flexible Pathways and an Effective Methodology for the Transition into the Labour Market”
As result of implementation, the Guide summarizes the previous results, already validated at transnational level, offering an EU-wide proven and transferrable methodological approach for the identification of potential NEETs and preventive measures for individual intervention. As a front-end strategy, the Model includes also an impact analysis to appraise its effects at different levels and dimensions and proposes additional multi-agent good practices in the field.
Based on the so-called “Realistic Evaluation”, the proposed Model was scrutinized by a series of approaches, tools and experts, taking into consideration various interwoven variables, contextualizing its results and forecasting the challenges and opportunities it offers to potential NEETs, employers, VET centers/schools, labour guidance services and social partners.
Quality User Feedback and Usability Evaluation Report
The project was subject to internal evaluation, running on a continuous basis to guarantee the full accomplishment of the workplan, with a focus on the quality of its results, the productivity of the transnational cooperation and the usefulness of the multiplier events, not only for the proper valorisation of the project but also for its external validation.