Erasmus + : KA1 - Youth Exchange - Programme Countries

Place: Cyprus, Protaras

Activity Dates: 04/04/2019 - 12/04/2019



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Project Description:
Unemployment is still a huge concern in the EU with particular concern for youth. We have seen that education is at the forefront of our priorities and almost all young people have access to education, but this does not seem to equate to employment. This project will look at the employment market, analysing the demands and needs of the labour market and create a link between the people, their education and the labour market. Allowing young people to take advantage of this prism to find the best employment solutions, either in their countries or abroad.

The labour market is like a prism, it is diverse, complex and full of opportunities. The educational system in the EU is equally diverse allowing people to follow a path to their unique desires, let’s assume that education is the light and the labour force is the prism, together, in the right conditions we have a rainbow of colours, the various jobs and employment opportunities. Most young people see the employment/labour market as a piece of glass, meaning what they study should result in a job. This shows us that young people don’t really understand the diversity and ever growing labour market, not only in their countries but in the EU. We see that young people enjoy the freedom of mobility in the EU and often take advantage of the possibility to work in other country, often larger or richer countries, yet leaving a labour market searching for qualified people and often resulting in these countries searching for employees from abroad. The mobility is a fantastic opportunity and allows for the EU to grow and diversify, but this still leaves us with a gap between the labour force and the labour market.

This project will address this gap, looking at ways to better understand the labour market, the needs of each labour market, both local and European, then taking the skills, knowledge, education and competences of young people and matching them to needs of the labour market allowing young people to find the best employment opportunities based on these.

Many young people have complained that most employers need experienced workers, and this is one thing that young people are not able to get without employment. The project will explore various EU and national tools that will allow young people to gain experience, gained added knowledge, skills and competences so that they can meet the needs of the labour market.

Our project was developed by the partnership by identifying the most common concerns of young people in the partner countries involved. We have a diverse level of experience in the labour markets allowing us to share and exchange knowledge and good practices for a European solution for young people, allowing young people to be empowered and innovative in their approach to the labour market and allowing them to understand the labour market and its needs and also understanding their skills and competences and matching these with the needs of the labour market, thus creating employment opportunities and letting them pave the way to their own future.

The project will also have business experts talking to the participants giving them the perspective of the labour market from those who are in the labour market. We will have educators who will help us identify the possible faults of young people in their educational choices.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (Erasmus + Programme). These publication(s) article(s), video(s) and magazine(s) reflect the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.



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Where Do I Belong…………………...

A great question. A question that most of us have asked our self’s, our friend everyone.

Do we have an answer though, is it possible?

Well in Romania during the course of this Youth Exchange we tried and we tried hard. For me personally I kind of know how to answer this question to myself now. And for me the answer is ‘’everywhere’’. 

And why is that because in this amazing project I learn some valuable lessons. Lessons about discriminations lessons about stereotypes. I had the chance to be in the shoes of an immigrant trying to find asylum or in the shoes of a nationalist extremist activist, that gave me the ability to understand stuff to see the world through a different eye and to realize that everything is A MATER OF PERSPECTIVE. And that perspective led me to my answer. 

WDIB was an amazing project for me one of the best I attended or probably the best. The OTI team as always was amazing with the workshops and the OTI Romania team was spot on everything through accommodation (on that lovely small and homey hotel with good food) through general organization of the entire project. An amazing team that was always there to support each and every one of us with all our needs. 

I am really grateful I took part to this magnificent project not only because I get to learn all the stuff I did but because I had the chance to mix and meet lots of new people, but I also had the blessing to make new true friends. Friends that I will cherish for the whole of my life .

Until we meet again all 

Antreas Mr.Big Antreou from Cyprus

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