We are happy to announce that the European Foundation for Education will act as project leader in a new project in the field of vocational education and training. The “PRO-YOUTH: strategic cooperation for more efficient international work based learning schemes in the field of heritage tourism” project was developed in strategic partnership with Erasmus+.

PRO-YOUTH`s aim is to tackle youth unemployment by connecting the demands of the tourism sector for qualified workers with unemployed young people wishing to work in the industry. The project is part of the actions “KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices” and “KA202 – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training”.

Cultural heritage is one of the most influential factors when it comes to choosing travel destinations in Europe, yet the industry is struggling with finding qualified employees and providing quality services. While tourism is booming, youth unemployment is also on the rise in many touristically attractive regions. This contradictory gap served as the starting point to launch PRO-YOUTH.

pro-youth statistics - efe post

Young people (aged 20-34) neither in employment nor in education and training, 2017 (Source: Eurostat, 2018)

The project`s goal is to bridge the gap by developing work-based-learning schemes focusing on linking culture tourism and destination attractiveness. The target group of the project are young people who are neither working nor are in education or training (NEETs). Enabling NEETs to be more competitive on the job market could lead to regional development and enhanced business competitivity.

PRO-YOUTH will run for 30 months, between October 2018 and March 2021, coordinated by EFE and involving four partners from different countries.

The project partners are:

  • European Foundation for Education (Germany, lead partner)
  • Asociata pentru Educatie si Dezvoltare Durabila (Romania)
  • Bulgarian Industrial Association (Bulgaria)
  • Foundation Work Knowledge at Work (Croatia)
  • PROMIMPRESA (Italy)