NEETS In Society
Younger people becoming disengaged from the labor market in the early stage can have negative long-term social consequences, not only for the young people but also for society. Young people who are isolated and without a motivating factor such as employment, education, hobbies can be more inclined to be involved in community problems such as criminality, welfare dependency and antisocial behavior.
As well as the social effect due to unemployed youths (NEETS) there can be a bigger economical consequence. The economic cost of not integrating NEETs is estimated at over €150 billion, or 1.2% of GDP, in 2011 figures. The economic cost is not the only one. Young people not in employment, education or training are at higher risk of being socially and politically alienated. They have a lower level of level of interest and engagement in politics and lower levels of trust.
Why The EYP Program ?
“Short-term programmes largely concerned with generic skills, CVs and ‘employability’ cannot give NEET people a labour market advantage” (Wolf, 2011). That is why we are proposing the EYP programme to provide a new way to deliver youth work and to support the personal & professional development of NEETs aged 16-24, while actively engaging local stakeholders to facilitate their social/work insertion.
The EYP programme aims to improve self-esteem, interpersonal skills, behaviour, and attitude, and to overcome practical barriers, then to signpost participants to appropriate VET providers that meet their needs for further training.
The project is also aimed at people working with NEET, to support them to extend the reach of support to engage young people who are most distant from the labour market.
This project is ideal way for young people, training providers, education and local businesses to work together. This will ensure the young people (NEETS) involved have a clearer pathway which will benefit them in the social and employment aspects of their life