The EYENEET Solution
Facilitating the Acquisition of
Marketable Skills and Workplace Competences
* Stakeholder Dialogue and Beneficiaries Virtual Exchanges
* Training for Skills, Competences and a Growth Mindset
* Community of Practice for Trainers and Mentors
* Local Linkages for Pathways to Entrepreneurship,
Gainful Employment or a Return to Formal Education
and/or Vocational Training
By the Numbers...
Join the battle - bring the EYE model
combat youth unemployment and foster entrepreneurship
in your region!
The following geographic areas that meet those
criteria were selected as bases for designing,
developing and implementing the EYENEET
Project: European Union Member Countries
of Spain (lead), Portugal, Greece, and Italy
Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs) of
Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.
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A SPECIAL FOCUS IS
PLACED ON RECRUITING
WOMEN TO THE PROJECT AND
PATHS TO EMPLOYMENT AND
In reaching out to public, public/private and private service providers, we endeavor to identify, recruit and retain
NEETs to the EYENEET 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.
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. Rates of
unemployment for this group is much higher than that of other groups.
The world financial crisis of 2007-2008 created huge economic upheavals in the world’s economies and have lingering
effects in our target areas; it not only forced the loss of jobs but also changed the nature of work forever. Adverse effects
of the financial crisis include high rates of unemployment, causing a shift in the quantity and quality of labor output.
Many industries now face dual workforce problems: rapidly-changing skills requirements in an era of big data and
cloud computing, and constant employee churn that leaves a huge hole in the workforce. An inability to secure a
livelihood prevents unemployed youth from fulfilling manifold adult social roles and contributes to social upheavals
* The situation is particularly acute for women in the Mediterranean countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa
(MENA), and in Europe as well. The European Commission states female creativity and entrepreneurial potential to
be an under-exploited source of economic growth and jobs that should be further developed. It is predicted that if
women’s labor participation were closer to male participation, over a trillion EUR would be added to GDP in
emerging economies — and women-led businesses are key to this opportunity. In view of the fact that women
constitute only 34% of EU self-employed and 30% of start-up entrepreneurs, with a much lower participation in
Mediterranean Partner Countries, a special focus will be placed on recruiting women to the project to attempt gender
equality in programming outcomes.
* An increasing body of evidence showing that persons with disabilities experience worse socio-economic outcomes
and poverty than persons without disabilities
It is said that in the Southern flanks of the EU, unemployment is an emergency but under-employment is a crisis.
The underemployment situation of refugees serves as an additional barrier to social inclusion and self-reliance.
A secondary yet very important group of beneficiaries include trainers and mentors who will become facilitators
of learning to guide the NEET beneficiaries on pathways to entrepreneurship, employment or a return to formal
education and/or vocational training.
NEETS and underemployed professionals ages
with a special focus
on recruiting women
Special focus on recruiting women to the project.
Bringing together diverse
people to collaboratively
analyze and address
complex problems that
2019 EYENEET LEADERSHIP
* City Council of Alzira, Valencia
* Escola de Comercio de Lisboa (Lisbon School of Business and Commerce)
* Global Skills Network
Transnational Project Management, Barcelona
A Sign of the Times
In the Mediterranean Region...
EYE –The E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs – constitutes
an intervention directed primarily toward training targeted
populations for acquiring marketable skills. EYENEET rises
to the challenge of preparing individuals for the worlds of
entrepreneurship and the workforce by acquiring a growth
mindset, skills and key competences needed for enhancing
employability and growth toward a becoming a successful
entrepreneur. The project's foundational basis is built on
the European Commission's definition of what it means to
be entrepreneurial - having thecapacity to act upon
opportunities and ideas and transform them into financial,
cultural or social value for others.
The EYENEET training model focuses on trainees acquiring
Knowledge Economy skills for the 21st Century and beyond
that would sustain them through their journey toward gainful
employment and/or successful entrepreneurship to start a
business. These same skills can also improve their
employability in the 21st Century workforce prepared with
skills demanded by employers - 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 will empower them to become problem-
solvers, able to look at situations from different perspectives.
They become skilled at defining a problem to consider its
causes towards identifying, prioritizing and selecting
alternatives for its solution. The project attempts to define
what entrepreneurship means to our beneficiaries in
attaining marketable skills.
Their foray into the world of entrepreneurship will support
them in developing valued products and services that fulfill
a need. Likewise, beneficiaries who want to get a job
become equipped with skills in demand by the 21st
Century workforce of the Knowledge Age. Those wanting to
return to formal education or vocational training will bring new
skills for knowledge deepening and knowledge creation.
EYENEET mentors are experienced in the material being
taught, and guide trainees through the training modules,
delivered via e-learning methodologies. They also liaison
with local resources that will support beneficiaries on the
pathway to entrepreneurship, employment or a return to
formal education and/or vocational training
Trainers wanting to
provide a more
path for their
the Public Sector
EYENEET - A Multi-Partner
EYENEET - Beneficiaries...
18-28 year-olds who
or belong to a NEET
(Not in Education,
and external audiences in dialogue around the issues
EYENEET'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 and the
disabled 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
primary 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. Partners in
the EYENEET consortium seek 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 to acquire skills
toward becoming gainfully employed or an entrepreneur
for a business startup, which is an additional avenue for
Send Us A Note....
A.3.1: Provide young people,especially
those belonging to the NEETS, and women,
with marketable skils
A.3 Promotion of social
inclusion and the fight
EYENEET was devised as a training model that promotes the acquisition of
skills and competences through distance learning coupled with activities and
services provided by local Associate Partners to support beneficiaries' pathways
toward entrepreneurship, the job market, or a return to formal education and/or vocational
training. The project supports dialogue amongst stakeholders to advance knowledge about the
NEET population in our areas, and provides a venue for virtual exchanges amongst beneficiaries ofthe project.
EYENEET is a collaboration of a consortium of representatives from the public sector, academia, business and training
entities, entrepreneurship ecosystems, idea centers and accelerators, employers and public/private agencies that
promote employment opportunities for young people. Our project addresses the thematic objective of supporting
NEETS, especially women and young people in acquiring marketable skills; EYENEET also has overlapping goals
aligned with the Funding Authority's priority of promoting socio-economic development and social cohesion through
cross-border collaboration that creates synergies amongst Mediterranean Sea Basin countries. EYENEET adheres to
the systematic and objective assessment of the project according to standards set forth by the Funding Authority for
the evaluation, monitoring and reviewing of project activities as well as for the dissemination of knowledge forthcoming
from the project's activities and research.
Contact: Sandra Lund-Diaz, M.Ed., Administration Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Not in Education,
EYENEET - Geography...
to Combat Youth