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1,600 young people from 4 European countries will take part in the NEETs in Entrepreneurship project

17 January 2019


• 1,600 young people aged 18-29 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) will participate in the project between 2018 and 2021.

• 500 young NEETs will find jobs, 400 will participate in a business incubator, and 40 will start new businesses.

• NEETs in Entrepreneurship is implemented in 4 European countries, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania and Spain, with the support of experts from Norway and Belgium. The project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through EEA Grants and Norway Grants.


NEETs are a sensitive social group of vulnerable young people aged 16-29, who do not have a job and do not attend any form of education or professional training. In order to facilitate their integration into the labour market, 6 Junior Achievement member organisations and Lyk-Z & daughters social entrepreneurship company launched the NEETs in Entrepreneurship European project, funded by the EEA Grants and Norway Grants.

Between 2018 and 2021, 1,600 NEETs in Bulgaria, Italy, Romania and Spain will receive training and support to acquire the skills needed to find a job or start their own business. In addition, the project aims to prevent another 1,000 young people enrolled in a vocational and technical education school from falling into the NEET category, by providing them with training and counselling.

The project’s beneficiaries will take part in activities carried out in one of the four hubs in each of the countries implementing the NEETs in Entrepreneurship project. Over the course of the 3 years, at least 500 NEET youths will have access to professional insertion activities, 400 will participate in core business incubation activities, and 40 will open their own businesses.

NEETs will benefit from Junior Achievement's expertise in creating and implementing educational content, while having the opportunity to participate in a blended learning career guidance and entrepreneurship course featuring interactive sessions, work meetings and e-learning modules. Thus, they will easily be able to access the program's educational content, regardless of their location or their availability at a specific time of day. The objective is to help them find a job in a company or to create their own job by starting a business.

"Stay-at-home NEETs cannot enjoy the opportunities of their age. Building on the 100-year Junior Achievement experience in educational programs, the project has the noble goal of helping this vulnerable category find a place in society. The NEET phenomenon is a genuine one and it is spread across the entire Europe. This is why 6 European project partners decided to harness their expertise to help these young people own their economic success." – Alice Duțu, JA Romania.

Through its activities, the project also aims to create partnerships between institutions, business hubs, schools and economic agents in the national and European labour market. Young people will benefit from an easier professional insertion and their newly acquired entrepreneurial attitude will have a significant influence on choosing a career path.

Following the launch of the project, the partners met in Bucharest, during the first NEETs in Entrepreneurship transnational meeting. In Romania, the project is developed and implemented by Junior Achievement Romania.

The NEETs in Entrepreneurship project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.




About EEA and Norway Grants

The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and strengthening of bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. A further €2.8 billion has been made available for the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 funding period.



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