The partner organisations promoting the European project Play and Employment - PLAYEM have published a handbook of good practises and a guide of recommendations compiling successful experiences of youth employability through new communication technologies. The documents prepared jointly by Jovesólides and Solidaridad Sin Fronteras in Spain; Arciragazzi-Portici in Italy; and the Center for Social Innovation-CSI in Cyprus target professionals who work with youth to help them guide the collective's efforts in their job search process.
The aim is to present practical tools to support the evaluation of projects promoting the employment of young people aged 15-24, including those experiencing difficulties in the transition between school education and working life.
Currently, the youth unemployment rate is much higher than the average overall unemployment rate, especially among young migrants, minorities, refugees and asylum seekers (MMRD). In Spain, the unemployment rate among foreigners was 20% in the fourth trimester of 2022, compared to 12% of the population of Spanish nationality (INE, 2022).
In this sense, PLAYEM focuses on how to achieve an effective, innovative and attractive intervention to promote access to the labour market for young migrants, minorities and refugees through ICT, developing skills, abilities and knowledge for active job search and access to the labour market. The beneficiaries of the project are the MMRD on the one hand and young professionals on the other.
In the first phase of the project, a digital platform - PLAYEM. eu - was set up with two sections: one for the young population and one for professionals, where resources and training tools are made available to facilitate the inclusion of the MMRD in the world of work.
Within the framework of the project, the following tools are now available to all youth workers free of charge:
To implement this project, the PLAYEM consortium has met in person on two occasions, the first in Madrid (Spain) and the second in Portici (Italy) in March and October 2022 respectively. During these meetings, the partners explored the importance of the project, examined the planning of tasks, the generation of knowledge products and the related innovative methods for their proper development.
The upcoming organised meetings will be used to test the tools that are currently being developed with the target group: the Innovative Model for Social and Vocational Inclusion and the Gamified Experience for Vocational Skills and Competences.
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Playem is a programme funded by the European Commission within the framework of the project 2021-1-ES02-KA220-YOU-000029136.