SCALE-UP

Scaling-up Skills for Strenghtening Inclusion and Youth Employability

SCALE-UP

Scaling-up Skills for Strenghtening Inclusion and Youth Employability

Youth Unemployment

According to the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) of the European Parliament, in the report Youth in Europe: Effects of COVID-19 on their economic and social situation (2021), in the EU-27, 1.1 million young people aged 15-24 and another 1.02 million aged 25-29 lost their jobs between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2021. Youth employment for the age group 15-24 fell from 33.4 % to 31.2 %, while the decline in overall employment rates (20-64) was less pronounced.

Young people were particularly affected by the crisis due to several reasons:

Young people’s employment was affected due to working in sectors heavily affected by lockdown and social distancing measures;
The pandemic also significantly affected their transition from school to work, as work-based learning opportunities and apprenticeships were severely impacted, leading to difficulties finding employment for recent graduates due to limited job vacancies.

Youth Unemployment

According to the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) of the European Parliament, in the report Youth in Europe: Effects of COVID-19 on their economic and social situation (2021), in the EU-27, 1.1 million young people aged 15-24 and another 1.02 million aged 25-29 lost their jobs between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2021. Youth employment for the age group 15-24 fell from 33.4 % to 31.2 %, while the decline in overall employment rates (20-64) was less pronounced.

Young people were particularly affected by the crisis due to several reasons:

Young people’s employment was affected due to working in sectors heavily affected by lockdown and social distancing measures;
The pandemic also significantly affected their transition from school to work, as work-based learning opportunities and apprenticeships were severely impacted, leading to difficulties finding employment for recent graduates due to limited job vacancies.

AIMS

The SCALE-UP project aims to deepen and increase the acquisition of new skills in young jobseekers in order to provide them with new opportunities to position themselves in the labour market and to respond to the main priorities of the project: to strengthen the employability of young people and to increase the quality, innovation and recognition of youth work.

The purpose of the project is to provide customized blended, face-to-face and online training to young jobseekers to acquire the essential soft skills and knowledge necessary for today’s labour market, to increase the quality of their application and to improve their employability, with a special focus on Emotional Intelligence, Social and Emotional Skills, in particular Leadership, Green Transition and Circular Economy, finally Digital Communication Skills.

The SCALE-UP project aims to:

  • Intercepting the requirements of the labour market and the needs of young jobseekers;
  • Offer tools to assess the real potential of young people through an innovative iCMe framework that provides an analysis of their real skills and talents;
  • To offer personalised blended, face-to-face and online training to young jobseekers in order to increase the quality of their application and improve their employability.

Activities/Project Results

The main outcomes will be:
1.Report “Matching labour market and young jobseekers”
2.Skill Assessment for Young Jobseekers
3.SCALE-UP Online Training
4.SCALE-UP Final Event

Comparative Analysis of Young Jobseekers and Companies’ Perspectives on Job Skills

In today’s dynamic job market, the demand for specific skills and qualifications can vary significantly across industries and regions. To gain insight into the perspectives of both young job seekers and companies, we conducted two surveys among three European nations: Spain, Italy, and Lithuania.

Collected results provide valuable insights into the perspectives of young jobseekers and companies. While job seekers prioritize adaptability, fast learning, and creativity, companies tend to emphasize specific skills relevant to their respective roles. The impact of COVID-19 on hiring preferences appears minimal, but adaptability and a capacity for learning are consistently valued by both job seekers and businesses, highlighting their importance in the contemporary job market.

By adopting the first project’s results, the skill assessment for young jobseekers will be developed.

Read our full report, “Matching labour market and young jobseekers

SAY HI

Giulia Terracciano

European Project Manager

Sandra Matiusoviciute

Project Manager

Giuseppe Florio

Project Manager, Facilitator

Vicente Ferrero

Academic Coordinator