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enHancing thE sociaL Inclusion Of neetS

About the project

One of the main challenges in the Mediterranean region is to reduce the high rates of NEETs and prominent skills mismatch which currently prevail. Curricula for skills courses are often not based on a strategic analysis of the local economy and/or consultation with local enterprises in order to determine sectors of potential growth capable of absorbing new trainees. HELIOS will tackle this issue focusing on the Blue and Circular Economy (BaCE), identified as an economic sector with great potential for regenerative economic growth among NEETs. The project will provide curricula for innovative targeted and tailored skills training courses oriented towards specific needs of the BaCE labour market and the needs of NEETs, based on direct interaction with local enterprises. This will be achieved through soft skills coaching and mentoring actions, as well as the creation of e-learning tools and methodologies supported by new technologies to facilitate skills learning for NEETs and women.

Key information

enHancing thE sociaL Inclusion Of neetS
A.3 Promotion of social inclusion and the fight against poverty
A.3.1 Professionalization of young people (NEETS) and women
Italy, Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Palestine, Jordan

Financial data

2.7 million
Total budget
2.5 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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What will be improved?

On the one hand, local economies will be enriched thanks to the increase of labour workforce trained consistently with actual business needs, upgrading of professional skills of vulnerable unemployed people, and professional mobility across the Mediterranean region. On the other hand, it is expected that low skilled people will increase their chance to find employment. Finally, a stronger link between Technical and Social Education and Training (TVET) institutions and the needs of local enterprises will be established.

Who will benefit?

  • Young NEETs and unemployed women 
  • TVET institutions and local enterprises from the Blue and Circular Economy sector
  • Tourism enterprises and local authorities

Expected achievements

  • 1 software for profiling the situation of NEETs in each involved area 
  • 6 specific sector identified with high potential for employment within the blue and circular economy 
  • 9 professional curricula oriented to the needs of the labour market
  • 6 agreements between training institutions and BaCE businesses to better connect TVETs with market needs
  • 1,720 NEETs and women trained in the Blue and Circular Economy
  • 4 art events around the topic of the blue economy 
  • 24 young people and women involved in cross-border traineeships

Project news

17 January 2020
Job vacancy at ARCES under project HELIOS

ARCES (Italy), lead applicant of project HELIOS is looking for a consultant on profiling activities of neets interested in operating in the blue and circular economy sectors.


Project news

15 December 2019
HELIOS, a new project to foster the social inclusion of NEETs and women

The project addresses jointly the issues of social exclusion and climate change.

26 November 2019

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