INTO WORK TOGETHER
In partnership with: Il Laboratorio Cooperativa Sociale
Young people hold the key to a more prosperous society. With Costa Crociere Foundation, we can help to steer them through the door of opportunity and into a more fulfilling future.
Every year, thousands more young people are leaving school without the tools to make a decent start in society. This Europe-wide problem is echoed in Liguria, where the percentage of young people not in work or employment has been rising fast.
The implications are far-reaching. Lack of work sets young people on a cycle of disempowerment, with the potential for disruptive and criminal behaviour exacerbated by the increased likelihood of falling into poverty. Society suffers similarly scarring effects, with rising social injustice a danger to social cohesion and foregone earnings and taxes a weight on GDP and economic growth.
EU studies tell us that the origins of youth unemployment lie in family background and the global economy. Recent EU research has shown that access to education or a route into work is hindered by disability, low family income, a migrant background, a family history of unemployment and, more drastically, a lack of educational qualifications. Urgent action is needed to turn around an increasingly unqualified, untrained youth population struggling to get head in a time of recession and squeezed welfare resources.
Co-Working has an innovative solution. Instead of hoping vulnerable teenagers will find the courage to seek support and the resilience to stay in education, the project reaches out to them with an individualised skill-buiding and confidence-boosting pathway into training or employment. The coordinated, wrap-around guidance from classroom to career will counter the often disjointed, impersonal services currently available.
It may not be possible to eliminate disadvantage in society, but we aim to deliver measurably better outcomes. By making young people more employable, vulnerability need no longer be a barrier to aspiration.
This project aims to overcome the main obstacles to a prosperous future for vulnerable young people, starting from the lack of necessary skills to impaired self-belief and ineffective, impersonal services that fail to reach those who most need our help. In this way, we can buck the trend and help people in tough situations turn their lives around.
Skill-building. The lack of core and vocational skills will be addressed by a package of student-centred courses. Twenty four young people will begin by defining a skills passport that takes stock of their strengths and identifies any skill gaps or mismatches. They will then advance to tailored programmes of short and long-term learning. A total of 432 hours will be devoted to honing core skills (IT, language, social media, occupational safety) followed by 260 hours of specialist tuition (manual trade, high-tech, service sector).
Confidence-boosting. By the end of the skill definition process, participants will have a new awareness of their strengths and faith in their abilities, which will help to overome another barrier to employment: lack of confidence. This will be further facilitated by interaction and convalidation with peers and tutors within an unthreatening and coordinated system that allows them to develop trust and halt a previously self-perpetuating cycle of isolation and inactivity.
Job training. On completion of training, ten job-ready participants will be offered three-month work experience places as a valuable stepping stone towards stable employment. The same dedicated tutors will monitor their on-the-job performance and learning, working with the host business and the trainee to validate and enrich the skills gained. An on-the-job mentoring scheme will then kick in. Twelve young people starting out in permanent employment will be steered through the contract process and helped to overcome any initial hurdles which might otherwise jeopardize their success.
Global approach .To maximise the overall effectiveness of the programme, a global approach will be taken to the roll-out, management, assessment and advertising of the project. All stages and individual measures will be interlinked through careful cross-programme coordination and financial management. The participants’ experience and feedback will be closely monitored and their results compared with those of the project as a whole in order to fine-tune as necessary for further implementation.