In April 2014, Schola Empirica has completed the implementation of the two-year project focused on the Transfer of the Best Praxis in Work with Young People, not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), CZ.1.04/5.1.01/77.00361. The project was funded by the European Social Fund within the framework of Operational Program Human Resources and Employment and Czech State Budget.
The main aim of transnational cooperation on this project was the exchange of experience and best practices (program, projects, and activities) of work with NEET (not in employment, education or training) youth.
According to up-to-date data, unfinished education or training remains a major challenge in the EU. The dropping out of school or training has long-term negative effects on social development and economic growth. Innovation and growth rely on a skilled labor force. According to the published research results reducing the average European rate of early school leaving by just 1 percentage point would provide the European economy each year with nearly half a million additional qualified potential young employees.
Therefore, the project aimed to provide a platform for the transfer of knowledge and best practice in tackling the problems of NEET youth and enable the identification of policy tools, which could reduce the exclusion of the NEET youth. The common objectives of transnational partners included the exchange of best practice of work with NEET youth. The partners were actively involved in key activities of the project including the initial meeting (presentation of programs and activities for NEET youth in partner organizations), short-term training for the project target group (representatives of Czech NGOs, Social Agencies and regional departments of social care) in partner organizations in UK, contribution to the project publication, and participation in a final conference.