The eNEET Rural project addresses the challenges of NEETs at age 18-29 living in rural areas and struggling to find a suitable job. NEETs are split to two target groups: one with secondary school diploma and interest in entrepreneurship, the other without diploma seeking trainings to get skilled job. Focusing on innovation and technology in the agricultural sector, we support significant number of young people from Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Slovenia by offering them a set of toolkit including trainings, start-up competition, staff exchange, coaching and mentoring services helping their employability in agricultural segment either as skilled employee or entrepreneur. During the project lifetime, we aim to achieve the following goals:

  • 300+ NEETs attending “Agro-professional” trainings;
  • 900+ NEETs attending “Soft-skills” trainings;
  • an ICT Collaborative Platform operating;
  • 18 best performing trained NEETs taking part in 3-5 days international mobility actions;
  • 30 NEETs attending 1-3 month mobility actions at national agricultural holdings;
  • 20 stakeholders attending study visits to improve their activities and influence policy making;
  • 45 NEETs in the process of starting their own businesses;
  • 200 jobs created.

Our approach is fundamentally conceived to be extended, replicable to support new participants, young people in gaining needed skills on their way to employment or starting own entrepreneurial challenge. Designed to diminish skill shortage of young people living in rural areas and toboost their entrepreneurship to increase the employment in agriculture, the project creates a network of major players of the innovation system and leads to strengthening the agro-innovation-related competences of NEETs.

Target groups:

  • Low-skilled young people not in employment, education or training living in rural areas and registered with the public employment services, who face multiple barriers in entering the labour market.

Project Partners:

CountryProject partner statusInstitutionType of institutionCity
BulgariaLead partnerUnion of Bulgarian Black Sea Local AuthoritiesNGOVarna
HungaryBeneficiary partnerFruto Consulting Ltd.PrivateBudapest
ItalyBeneficiary partnerMantuan Oltrepò ConsortiumPublicMantova
RomaniaBeneficiary partnerCenter for the Development of the Structural FundsNGOSlatina
SpainBeneficiary partnerBusiness Research Association National Agrofood Technological Center, ExtremaduraNGOVillafranco del Guadiana
NorwayExpertise partnerInclusion ASPrivateAsker
SloveniaBeneficiary partnerStyrian Technology ParkPublicPesnica pri Mariboru

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