CLUSTER kicks off to advance youth and women social inclusion in the Mediterranean
On 15 November 2021, CLUSTER project partners met virtually to kick off the new EU-funded ENI CBC Med project.
With a total budget of € 1.108.162,62, CLUSTER aims to tackle social exclusion and poverty amongst vulnerable groups in seven Mediterranean partner countries: Cyprus, France, Italy, Jordan, Palestine, Spain and Tunisia.
What will be improved?
The project seeks to train young NEETs, in particular women, between 18-30 years of age, with employability skills in four sustainable economy sectors: Blue Economy, Circular Economy, Green Economy and Sustainable Agriculture. In this way, CLUSTER will reduce the mismatch between the labour market demand and youth skills, thus increasing their job opportunities, reducing the brain drain and unemployment rates in the concerned territories.
Moreover, CLUSTER will create long-lasting partnerships between TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) institutions and the private sector, and raise awareness of public authorities and policymakers.
About the meeting
The first meeting represented a great opportunity to discuss concerted efforts to tackle the regional challenge of unemployment of young NEETs. In particular, a promising approach was discussed to assess their needs, by building on past successful experiences of other ENI CBC Med-funded projects.
Furthermore, the Consortium tackled the preliminary steps foreseen to raise awareness of public authorities, leading to the creation of a supportive environment for their employment.