18-28 year-olds who
or belong to a NEET
(Not in Education,
Bridging the gap between
preparing and doing!
and external audiences in dialogue around the issues
Offering training through problem-based learning methodologies for a key set of competences needed for personal development, social inclusion,
active citizenship and employment while also preparing an individual for becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Focuses on individuals acquiring skills that will sustain them through their journey toward successful entrepreneurship through distance learning.
The course is designed to help them develop a mindset that drives behaviors toward success in four areas: work, entrepreneurship, school and
life, including capabilities for analytical problem-solving, innovation and creativity, self-direction and initiative, flexibility and adaptability, critical
thinking, and skills in being able to communicate, work in teams and collaborate. These same skills can also improve their employability in the
21st Century workforce that demands a different set of skills than those taught in traditional education curricula, and can be applied to students
of all ages, from primary school through higher education. Courses are offered online and mentors are trained in distance learning methodologies.
Training modules developed by the Escola de Comercio de Lisboa (Lisbon School of Business and Commerce), VET Mobility Charter
(2015-2020) under ECVET. ECL is certified under the Portuguese government's «Qualifica» Program, aimed to increase the levels of education and training, contributing to the improvement of employability with the following goals:
• Increase the qualification levels and improve the employability of individuals, equipping them with skills adjusted to the needs of the labour market;
• Significantly reduce illiteracy rates, both literally and functionally, while combating semi-illiteracy and total-illiteracy;
• Enhance the system by promoting greater investment of young adults in education and training courses;
• Correct the structural backwardness of the country in terms of schooling towards greater convergence with a European reality;
• Adapt the training offer to the needs of the labour market and national and regional development models.
Global Skills Network (Barcelona) organises our Community of Practice and delivers the "Train the Trainer" workshops.
Beneficiaries equipped with EntreComp
The EYEMED Community of Practice resides on our digital platform as a method of bringing together staff, faculty and others who train and
mentor EYEMED beneficiaries. This virtual community of practice allows its members to network and communicate on a regular basis to share
information and experiences tolearn from each other and develop their professional capacities as trainers and mentors. It is also the space
EYEMED partners and organizers access to share information and communicate about the project's progress. The EYEMED CoP contains a
repository of informational resources that can help expand training options and stay abreast of publications, research and other information
pertinent to the work accomplished through EYEMED.
The EYEMED CoP also organizes the "train the trainer" workshops, where mentors are versed in the EntreComp curriculum and trained on
using distance learning methodologies. Our trainers will themselves be experienced in the competences to be acquired through a trainee's
participation in the project. Their roles are to guide trainees through the EntreComp coursework, delivered online through e-learning methodologies
during the E-Incubation phase of the project that lasts 18-24 months. EntreComp curriculum will be interspersed with a practical application of
learning on an idea trainees have for an entrepreneurial endeavor or for a job they hope to secure. Trainers will also provide liaison with the local
entrepreneurship ecosystem or business and startup incubator so that EYEMED trainees can access services and resources as well as become
involved in sponsored activities. These range from networking with other entrepreneurs and mentors to creating a business plan and marketing,
practicing elevator pitches, and gaining access to venture capital and other funding resources. Trainers will also form partnerships with public and
private service providers that specialize in back-to-work schemes and other resources that help trainees secure gainful employment.
The EYEMED E-Corner
Activities / Resources
in collaboration with a
local entrepreneurship ecosystem
EYEMED's targeted project beneficiaries are NEETs - young people ages 18-28
not in education, employment or training.
with a special effort placed on recruiting women to the project. We have taken the
definition of NEETs from Eurofound, the tripartite EU agency providing knowledge to
assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies that
define our target group. These include young people who are conventionally unemployed,
unavailable for full-time employment, disengaged, opportunity seekers, and those who
are identified as a NEET not by choice. EYEMED seeks to understand the economic and
social consequences of a NEET’s disengagement from the labour market and education
in order to create opportunities for them becoming gainfully employed or an entrepreneur,
which is an additional avenue for creating jobs.
In reaching out to public, public/private and private service providers, we endeavor to identify,
recruit and retain NEETs to the EYEMED programme. These include the underemployed -
professionals who cannot find work in their sectors - as well as recently-arrived immigrants
and refugees. We want to hear from these colleagues in the fight against unemployment and
underemployment regarding their ideas and recommendations for bringing their beneficiaries
and clients into the programme as a means of contributing toward bringing economic
development and social cohesion to their regions.
EntreComp identifies the competences that make someone entrepreneurial, so that
these can be promoted in one's own business and in organizations, companies, the
education sector and among citizens as well.
It starts by defining what entrepreneurship is, namely the capacity to act upon
opportunities and ideas and transform them into financial, cultural or social value
for others. It then breaks down this definition into three areas:
EYE –The E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs – constitutes an intervention directed primarily
toward training within the EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework. EYEMED –
The E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs in the Mediterranean Region – originated from EYE to
specifically address the European Neighbourhood Instrument Cross-Border Collaboration in the
Mediterranean Sea Basin (ENI CBCMed) call for cross-border collaboration. It rises to the challenge
of creating economic opportunities and jobs through training for acquiring a mindset. skills and key
competences needed for personal development, social inclusion, active citizenship and employment
while also preparing an individual for becoming a successful entrepreneur.
The EYEMED training model focuses on trainees acquiring 21st Century skills that will sustain them
through their journey toward successful entrepreneurship.These same skills can also improve their
employability in a workforce prepared with capabilities for analytical problem-solving, innovation and
creativity, self-direction and initiative, flexibility and adaptability, critical thinking, and skills in being
able to communicate, work in teams and collaborate. EYEMED focuses on identifying, recruiting
and training beneficiary participants from our target group, referred to as trainees, in areas with
high unemployment and under-employment in the Mediterranean region identified as eligible for
ENI CBCMed funding.
EYEMED mentors are experienced in the same material being taught, and guide trainees through
the training modules, delivered via e-learning methodologies. They also liaison with local entrepre-
neurship ecosystems and business incubators for trainees to access services and resources that
help them start a business or grow an MSME.
Trajectory of Training Options
Mindset4Successes - Training Model
Trainers wanting to
provide a more
path for their
the Public Sector
The EYEMED Solution
Cross-Border Collaboration for
Distance Learning for Skills Training
Community of Practice for Trainers and Mentors
Local Linkages with Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
Stakeholder Dialogue through Multiplier Events
EYEMED's E-Corner is the content curator for our cross-border collaborations. It is more than just a repository of information and insights on the
challenges faced, solutions proposed, resources marshaled or research findings around the issues of youth unemployment and underemployment
in our targeted region. The E-Corner helps our beneficiaries engaging in entrepreneurship as job or gaining employment in traditional fields, bring
their ideas to life and create value with their entrepreneurial endeavors by curating content where they can learn - from the experts and from each
other. This is a benchmark of entrepreneurship and an important interpretation of EntreComp competences.
Being able to work with others, engage creativity and communicate are also an important part of both being an entrepreneur and being prepared
for the 21st Century workforce. Collaboration and information-sharing are recognized as important as more obvious non-cognitifive or soft skills.
Seeking out and including diverse views in planning any project holds value for an entrepreneur and for a workplace manager as well. The
EYEMED E-Corner brings exposure to the ideas and projects brought forth by our beneficiaries, or trainees, as they progress through the
programme. In this way, trainees are able to network with their peers in EYEMED countries where a cross-pollination of ideas takes place through
our digital platform's forum and where a sharing of problems encountered in the entrepreneurship adventure can lead to collaboration and shared
resources. The EYEMED E-Corner also serves as a content curation platform of new ideas that focus attention on outcomes that are forthcoming
from the project across the region.
The E-Corner also focuses on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems in our region. With a disparity in the maturity and sophistication of
related activity taking place in the EU when compared to that of the Mediterranean areas in the Middle East and Northern Africa, EYEMED serves
to bridge the information gap. Just as the state of entrepreneurship training is in constant flux, so is the state of development in entrepreneurship
ecosystems in pivotal areas of importance – accessible markets, human capital/workforce and funding or finance – as well as the rules and
regulations governing them. With there being substantially more similarities than differences in the issues facing entrepreneurs in our target region,
the E-Corner posts news and updates on these and other important factors that have an impact on entrepreneurship, economic development and
the labour markets as a resource for entrepreneurs, educators and trainers, organizations and institutions, investors and governments interested in
our targeted region. Our working language of English adds a cross-border benefit.
NEETS and underemployed professionals ages
with an interest in recruiting women
Associates Pre- and Post-Incubation activities
Not in Education,
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In the Mediterranean Region
facilitate the acquisition of mindset, skills and
competencies toward successful entrepreneurship and/or employment
EYEMED Pre- and Post-Incubation activities
EYEMED is a collaboration of a consortium of representatives from academic, business, public sector and training entities that include our seven Programme
Partners and several Associate Partners in the EU and Mediterranean Partner Countries, entrepreneurship ecosystems and public/private agencies that promote
employment opportunities amongst youth. Contact: Sandra Lund-Diaz, M.Ed., Administration Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Participant assessments will evaluate their progress through the course as well as their integration in the local entrepreneurship ecosystems for
access to the network for pre-incubation activities geared toward the generation, testing & validation of ideas. Upon completion of the E-Incubation
component of the project, participants will return to the local entrepreneurship ecosystem to avail themselves of resources like mentoring/business
incubation services (networking, access to capital and VC investments, pitches, etc) and MBA-style resources like business models, Bplans and
activity required to launch a startup or MSME. Pre-incubation and post-incubation resources are made available by public/private employment
services to help participants secure jobs for beneficiaries seeking gainful full-time employment in their professions in lieu of starting an
entrepreneurship venture. Stakeholders brought together for dialogue on unemployment issues and challenges in their geographic regions.
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EYEMED was devised as a training model that promotes the acquisition of entrepreneurship competences
through distance learning coupled with activities and services within a localized entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our
project addresses the thematic objective of supporting NEETS, especially women and young entrepreneurs in acquiring
entrepreneurship competences and applying them to starting a business or gaining employment. Additionally, the project has overlapping goals
aligned with the Authority's priority of promoting socio-economic development and social cohesion through cross-border collaboration that creates
synergies amongst Mediterranean Sea Basin countries.
Evaluation of the EYEMED project allows us to assess how this type of coursework and its content, coupled with e-learning mechanisms and
complementary mentorship, will enable a person to become an entrepreneur and/or acquire the skills and capacities needed for success in
entrepreneurship or employability. EYEMED adheres to the systematic and objective assessment of the project according to standards set
forth by the Authority for the evaluation, monitoring and reviewing of project activities.
To maximize expansion of EYEMED upon completion of the ENI CBCMed project, partners are encouraged to identify opportunities for mobility.......
- of staff and trainers to engage in professional development, develop pedagogical skills and foment relationships with
colleagues in other Programme Countries and form relationships with entrepreneurship ecosystems in both the EU and MPC;
- of trainees to apply acquired skills to a real-world application in an internship or work experience project in a partner country.
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resources, ideas & opportunities, and into action:
Per each area, it defines 15 competences a person needs to be entrepreneurial. Finally, per each competence, it provides a number of learning
outcome statements that illustrate different levels of proficiency, from foundation to expert level. Content for the EntreComp coursework revolves
around macro programmes, defining goals and skills acquisition. Upon completion of content development, it is uploaded to the e-learning platform
that serves as the distance learning mechanism for delivery of the courses. There is an evaluation component built into the programme that revolves
around the criteria we have defined for success, involving participation and completion, engagement and learning, application and a demonstration
of acquired skills and results. All these criteria work in concert with each other, for taken alone are meaningless.
EntreComp is a reference document that can be used by policymakers for designing curricula and cross-curricular interventions aimed at promoting
entrepreneurial learning. It can also be used by learning providers, employers and others who need a framework for an assessment of an individuals'
competences or for designing education and training materials. Learn more about the EntreComp Framework here.
It is said that in the Southern flanks of the EU, unemployment is an emergency but underemployment is a crisis. The European Commission characterized
unemployed youth as a ‘lost generation’ — the possibility of entering into long-term unemployment with no future or prospects for a permanent occupation
steadily increasing. Their unemployment rate is much higher than that of other groups, a situation particularly acute for women in the Mediterranean countries
of the Middle East and Northern Africa. Full participation in adulthood for these youth is stalled for numerous reasons, from a limited supply of jobs to education
systems that fail to provide adequate levels of skills or the right kind of skills demanded by the 21st Century workforce. EYEMED serves as a solution to these
problems by helping our target group acquire skills, mindset and competences that enhance employability and/or prepares them for a journey toward successful
Mindset, Skills and Competences
distance learning methodologies -
all online courses, in English.
Recruitment phase for beneficiaries from our
target group - young unemployed or underemployed,
ages 18-28, with a special focus on bringing women
into the programme. At this stage of the project, participants
will begin to interact with the local entrepreneurship ecosystem
to network with actors that motivate the fostering of
entrepreneurship and economic development in
a local region and with other young entrepreneurs
at all stages of the process of becoming a
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Trajectory of Mentoring Options
Training aligned with the EntreComp Framework
Pre-Incubation + E-Incubation + Post-Incubation
A Community of Practice
for Staff and Faculty
EYEMED Associate Partners play a vital role in achieving programming success. They are the front-line defense in combating
youth unemployment and underemployment in our targeted areas, and most have departments dedicated specifically toward
fomenting economic development and fostering entrepreneurship in their region. Their contributions are critical to identifying
beneficiaries for recruitment, coordinating training if needed to supplement partners' capacities, and mentoring our beneficiaries
toward successful completion of the programme and ultimately finding a job or bringing an idea for entrepreneurial enterprise to
fruition toward the startup phase of entrepreneurship. There are currently seven Associate Partners to the EYEMED project
representing the public sector, training institutions, nonprofit organizations and commercial enterprises.
Incubation of ides from those generated during
training, including testing and validation, developing
a business model, and the creation of a startup.
Participants interact with actors within the local
entrepreneurial ecosystem to access mentors, resources
and services designed to accelerate the growth and
success of entrepreneurial ventures through support that
can include physical space, coaching, shared common
services and networking connections, access to capital
and additional training.