Presentation at the SCIREA conference:
Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees through Education
Lesvos, Greece 13-14.02.2020
‘Integrating female and migrant/refugee NEETs through the development of skills in social economy, resilient economic sectors and ICT’
Michalis POULIMAS, Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean
Dimitra GLENTI, PhD Candidate in Economic and Labour Geography, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean
Katerina KLONARI, Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean
Thanasis KIZOS, Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean
Stelios GIALIS, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean
The lack of educational and employment skills creates obstacles for young people Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) that face barriers when entering labour market, and may create the prerequisites for social exclusion, disengagement and poverty. This is especially so for migrants and refugees that are also in a NEET situation. The YOUTHShare project (www.youthshare-project.org) aims at reducing youth unemployment in coastal and island regions of Mediterranean EEA by advancing young NEETs skills in trans-locally resilient agri-food production and the pertinent circular economies. By boosting the potential of social entrepreneurship in those sectors through social and sharing economy by means of an integrated multi-scalar methodology and practice, the project will lead to reduced economic disparities and increasing social integration.
This presentation briefly analyses the holistic methodology developed in YOUTHShare for young migrant NEETs engagement, education and integration. The first part of the presentation focuses on the innovative role of the mentors -mediators (i.e. the “Key Account Mangers”) who identify, select and enrol the vulnerable groups of young people in the educational program. The second part of the presentation discusses the structure and the content of the educational material developed (i.e. the educator’s manuals, the trainees΄ handbooks etc). The latter material aims to enhance NEETs’ skills in social economy and in resilient sectors such as agri-food production or circular economy. In the third part we present the project’s e-learning platform which facilitates NEETs enhancement and engagement. Relevant issues, such as the additional modules which help NEETs develop soft or other skills such as basic ICT knowledge, emotional intelligence and team working, will also be presented.
The presentation ends by stressing best practices in relation to the development of educational material for NEET migrants. It also summarizes key findings on: a) the best way to use available human resources and educational practices in job matching and skills utilizing tasks, b) the easy replicability of training handbooks/manuals and finally, c) the ability to maximize the potential audience of relevant training through e-learning platforms.
The YOUTHShare project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.