International Entrepreneurial Education and Vocational Guidance Programme for young people who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)
"NEETs in ENTREPRENEURSHIP" is one of the most appropriate projects carried out by Junior Achievement in Bulgaria, Italy, Romania and Spain for vulnerable NEET youth, at a time when the economic environment and the labour market are under huge pressure of transformation and updating, and many SMEs are facing closure or urgent need for reorganisation.
The NEETs in Entrepreneurship project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment. By the end of 2021, 1,600 NEETs in Bulgaria, Italy, Romania and Spain will receive training and support to acquire the skills needed to find a job or start their own business. By leveraging the expertise of its partners, the projectprovides a comprehensive toolkit for NEET youth: trainings, workshops, webinars, informational resources about professions, entrepreneurship and lifelong education. Beneficiaries of the project are guided towards accessing apprenticeships, internships, mentoring and entrepreneurial practice. Moreover, the project also provides direct support measures through personalised counselling and funding for opening a business for the most determined participants.
It is now, more than ever, the moment when young people need support and recommendations to learn new skills, adapt to new labour market requirements and to discover their inner vocation that can help them fuel their inner drive to become independent.
JA conducted a research among the NEET people enrolled in the project who went through the educational modules and got engaged in the interactive learning by doing sessions. Being asked about their experience and the impact they noticed in their lives, participants talked about perseverance, passion and creativity as decisive elements for achieving career and life goals. Moreover, the success of those who have already launched their business – regardless of their chosen work field, from photo services for digital marketing to fruit and vegetable greenhouses, to even online ordered gifts – inspires and motivates everyone involved in the project.
Throughout this month, all young people between the ages of 18 and 29, without a job, or who are not in a vocational education or training programme, can register in the NEETs in Entrepreneurship project at by clicking the appropriate flag on top of this page.
About the EEA and Norway Grant
The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and strengthening of bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. A further €2.8 billion has been made available for the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 funding period.