Skills4Sports
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Increasing the Employability of NEETs by tackling the skills gap for the Sports Sector

About the project

In the Mediterranean region, youth unemployment is twice as high as adult unemployment. In the Southern Mediterranean, young people are three times more likely to be out of a job than adults (International Labour Organisation, 2017). Contrarily, prominent sectors, like the sports industry, face challenges finding the right skills for their rising needs. Responding to this challenge, Skills4Sports aims to increase the employability of NEETs by tackling the skills gap in the sports sector. It will create new curricula in sports-related professions including both athletics-related ones (coaches, physicians, etc.) and business oriented ones (merchandising, marketing, administration, event management). This analysis based on skills gap will result in electronic tools (e-learning platform, mobile app and social-media app) addressed to youth and in a network “Strategic Alliance for Skills4Sports” dedicated to key sport stakeholders reducing the skills’ mismatch and offering new job opportunities to NEETS.

Key information

Skills4Sports
Increasing the Employability of NEETs by tackling the skills gap for the Sports Sector
A.3 Promotion of social inclusion and the fight against poverty
A.3.1 Professionalization of young people (NEETS) and women
Greece, Malta, Italy, Spain, Palestine, Lebanon

Financial data

2.9 million
Total budget
2.6 million
EU contribution
%
10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

8
Partners
6
Countries
10
Technical outputs

Project duration

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Partnership

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Project outputs

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Objective

To increase the employability of NEETS of the Mediterranean area in the sports sector, by developing new professionals, reducing the mismatch of skills and involving key stakeholders

What will be improved?

Skills4Sports will increase capacities of the NEETS to find better jobs with more than 200 job contracts expected thanks to the adjustment of skills’ mismatch between offer and demand. The transnational nature of the sport industry will contribute to pursue careers across borders, including international events, mobility of employees and multicultural working environments with the support of stakeholders involved in the Strategic Alliance for Skills4Sports.

Who will benefit?

  • 1,200 NEETs trained in professional skills for sport industry 
  • Training organisations 
  • 60 sports industry employers and stakeholders
  • Public authorities
  • NGOs and social organisations

Expected achievements

  • 9 new curricula for sports professionals
  • 3 electronic tools for e-learning and gamification
  • 240 training days for final beneficiaries
  • 1 Strategic Alliance for Skills4Sports
     

Contribution to policy-making

The involvement of institutional partners in the consortium, the access of all partners to political actors, as well as the planned involvement of key policy-makers in the Strategic Alliance for Skills4Sports, provides the project with the opportunity to influence relevant policies at several levels and in different regions. Through the involvement of key policy-makers, the project aims to start a wider discussion on skills development, NEETs characteristics and needs and niche industries, such as the sports industry, that can provide sustainable employment opportunities.

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