Youth unemployment, together with NEET issues remain serious Europe-wide concern: in recent years youth unemployment and NEET rates were among the highest in Greece, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Portugal, Bulgaria and Romania. These challenges, together with the problems, associated with protracted temporary positions, involuntary part-time work and underemployment of young people in the tourism industry are in the focus of the NESET project. Thus, our aim is to support on a large-scale transnational basis, through innovative and exploratory activities, the sustainability of youth integration in the tourism labour market in the above mentioned countries, by creating conditions for NEETs’ employment and entrepreneurship in various forms of tourism, incl. alternative tourism. As a result of our activities, lowered youth unemployment is achieved through increased understanding of and innovatively addressed NEETs’ tourism-related and social skills deficiencies and improved employability and entrepreneurial skills of the target groups. Youth participation in the tourism industry is being strengthened through a e-Support platform, job-placement mobilities spread all over the target countries, and increased opportunities for successful start-ups in the (alternative) tourism sector. As of end of May 2021, more than 500 NEETs aged 25-29 have been included in the project skills’ upgrading activities implemented so far. In addition, over 110,000 relevant project stakeholders (local and regional authorities, public employment services, employers, HR recruitment organisations, social partners, funding institutions, social enterprises, networks, etc.) were made aware of our activities and achieved results.

Target groups:

  • 25-29-year-old people not in employment, education or training in the 7 beneficiary countries (incl. long-term unemployed, low-skilled and discouraged young people)
  • End beneficiaries include all unemployed young people in the 7 beneficiary countries, who are planning a sustainable career in tourism.

Project Partners:

CountryProject partner statusInstitutionType of institutionCity
BulgariaLead partnerVarna Chamber of Commerce and IndustryNGOVarna
BulgariaBeneficiary partnerCluster for IT Support to the Black Sea Touristic BusinessNGOBurgas
BulgariaBeneficiary partnerTora Consult Ltd.PrivateSofia
CroatiaBeneficiary partnerAssociation for Promoting Active Citizenship - ECHONGOZagreb
CroatiaBeneficiary partnerLocal Development Agency of the city of Velika Gorica – VE-GO-RAPublicVelika Gorica
CyprusBeneficiary partnerEnoros Consulting LtdPrivateNicosia
PortugalBeneficiary partnerAPSU – ASSOCIAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE STARTUPS (Portuguese Association of Start-ups - APSU)NGO and privateAspinho and Oliveirinha
Portugal Beneficiary partnerDIALOGUE DIVERSITY UNIPESSOAL LDANGO and privateAspinho and Oliveirinha
ItalyBeneficiary partnerTUCEP – Tiber Umbria Comett Education ProgrammeNGOPerugia
RomaniaBeneficiary partnerGeo Club AssociationNGOCorbeanca
IcelandExpertise partnerEinurd Ltd.PrivateReykjavik
GreeceBeneficiary partnerSARONIS S.A.PrivatePaloukia

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