YES: Youth Unemployment: Fostering Entrepreneurial Skills


YES EstambulUnemployment in Europe has considerably increased as a result of the global economic crisis. This increase is felt in all countries, although the severity varies widely between countries and age groups. In Spain youth unemployment rate is of 45%, in Greece it reaches the 56%, in Lithuania it is of 33%, and youth unemployment rate in Portugal is 29% while Turkey has the 18%. Nowadays unemployment rates are generally high in every country however, the highly rated unemployment affects young people.

Seeking a solution to unemployment suffered by European youngsters through the promotion of entrepreneurship, several organizations, education centers and universities, joined their experience and knowledge in the fields of education, new technologies, and entrepreneurship development in European project YES, Youth Unemployment: Fostering Entrepreneurial Skills.


Documenta Tests a Specialized Curriculum in Social and Civic Competences for Groups at Risk of Social Exclusion

On Tuesday 18 December took place the ‘Train the Trainers’ workshop of CERF European project which invited the community of experts in different user profiles to evaluate the methodology and content

CERFTallerSdr2Trainers and guidance practitioners from various entities (Santander City Council, Red Cross Cantabria, Cantabrian Association for Combating Unemployment (Brumas Workshops), IFES Cantabria, Gypsy Secretariat Foundation, Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre or The German Centre) participated in the conference organized by Documenta and held in CASYC, to test the curriculum and trainers package on Civic and Social Skills developed within the project CERF (Certification Standard For European Reference Framework Key Competences).

The aim is to develop a complete training package in Competences that will improve employability, or maintaining employment in disadvantaged groups. Through past experience it has been found that the development of Key Competences defined in the European Reference Framework help this goal. Within the project underway training packages in the following Competences:

  • KC2 Communication in Foreign Languages.
  • KC4 Digital Competence.
  • KC& Social and Civic Competences.
  • KC7 Sense of Initiative and Entrepreneurship.
  • KC8 Cultural Awareness and Expression.

The curriculum developed by Documenta in KC6 aims to develop Social Skills through the development of Soft Skills (Teamwork, Assertiveness, Active Listening, Proactivity, Emotional Intelligence, etc.), and Civic Skills through awareness of the student as an Individual, Social and Political Being.


Training of Facilitators – IGMA Project

IGMA TimisoaraPartners of IGMA project had a meeting in Timisoara (Romania) on the 14th and 15th December 2012 in order to carry out a training workshop in which they trained the facilitators who are going to organize the upcoming pilot sessions.

IGMA project –EU Integration Agent, Innovative Guidance Methodology for Integration of Low skilled Immigrants into Adult Education– is developing an innovative method aimed to integrate immigrants. This method is characterized by its flexibility and adaptability to each particular case as well as the networking among all the implied organizations.

During the meeting in Romania, the project partners were trained in order to be able to adapt and apply this methodology in their countries. They used the Sweden case (where the method has already been implemented) as a reference point to adjust the methodology.

Like Project: Study Visit to Cafe Dromedario

Documenta organizes a successful study tour to Café Dromedario Cantabria, to analyze and exchange with LIKE European project partners, the enterprises point of view regarding age management at work. Like European project promotes the implementation of innovative age management concepts according to the current aging workforce situation. Likewise, the project encourages enterprises to maintain older workforce and ensure the transference of elder workers knowledge and know-how to younger workers.