MYSEA aims to strengthen links between companies and training institutions for the job inclusion of youth and women
In recent weeks, an important coordination meeting has set the stage for the next steps of MYSEA project, which main aim is to reduce the skills mismatch between labour supply and demand in the Blue & Green Economy sectors and to foster job placement of Mediterranean young people and women.
At the end of January 2023, a delegation from the Lebanese partner of MYSEA,the Lebanese Development Network (LDN) visited Tunisia to talk and agree on future activities with the Tunisian parnter, l´Union Tunisienne de Solidarité Sociale (UTSS), which presented the activities planned for the project's fifth and final phase (called "Rethinking Pathways to Employment Alliances") for which it will be responsible along with organizing the project's final event.
This part of the work includes activities that are heterogeneous, but which have the common goal of strengthening the links between the public and private sectors in defining job placement in the sustainable sectors of the economies of the countries involved (Greece, Italy,Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia), and to establish a dialogue between companies and training providers in order to identify roadmaps for continued collaboration among the actors involved.
It is also an opportunity to analyze waste management and agri-food issues and their applicability to the workplace. It is now a necessity to understand the real needs of companies: dialogue with training providers is key to bridging the gap between labour supply and demand, and the goal is to produce a document to reflect the companies' suggestions and the best solutions to put in place effective training that will be a useful outlet for young people to learn relevant skills to businesses that intend to hire and contribute to implement the ecological transition process.
In the short term, one of the goals is to engage with companies to build job placement pathways together. In the long term, the most ambitious goal, is the exchange of wide-ranging best practices, leading to the definition of framework agreements that can be taken as a model for the definition of public policies, based on the improvement of working conditions, in which the involvement of public institutions is essential to adapt agreements to local contexts.
An excellent starting point is the research developed in the first phase of the project (here you find the Cross-Border Analysis with aggregated data from partner countries).
The later phase also includes a series of activities that can stimulate the creativity of young people: workshops on photography, videomaking, and digital storytelling will be held in each of the partner countries.
In Tunisia these trainings will be held in Nabeul and Bizerte. The training experts have already started with the preliminary organization, forming the first working groups, and the first contacts with young people have brought out a very positive feedback, as they are very motivated to participate.
As the communication leader of MYSEA project, in the design of these workshops the Lebanese partner LDN can bring all its experience and technical knowledge to make sure that the quality of the training is of a high level and to ensure that the project and its activities have a coordinated and coherent image, and therefore also good visibility.
In addition to the technical meetings, there was also the opportunity to hold wide-ranging programmatic meetings, which were also attended by a delegation from CIES Section in Tunisia, an associate partner of MYSEA project, and which included the administrative contact person from CIES Onlus, which is the Lead Beneficiary of the consortium.
Beyond the pleasure of meeting and talking live, collaboration between partners pursuing a common challenge on the two shores of the Mediterranean is in itself a very positive aspect, as it represents the quintessence of cross-border cooperation, which after all is also one of the aspirations of the ENI CBC Med programme.