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Youth unemployment and skills shortages in Europe are significant problems that have serious consequences not only for young people themselves, but also for the economy and society as a whole.

The most effective solutions for such a complex societal issue bring together all the relevant stakeholders: schools or other educational institutions, companies, trade unions, job agencies, youth organisations, politics and administrations bundle their competences, partners and offers in order to support young people in the region with their collective impact approach.

The StartNet project pursues this preventive approach for a better transition from education to employment on two levels: in Italy through a pilot network in the Apulia region as well as in Brussels by coordinating a good practice exchange between similar initiatives from all across Europe. The project's objective is to enable the initiatives to learn from and with each other, exchange good practices and develop common projects to support young people’s transition to work.

The project is funded by Stiftung Mercator and coordinated by the Goethe Institutes in Brussels and Rome.


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Parcours for the Future (PAFF)

The EU-funded PAFF project aims to support education actors and thus young people to understand and be prepared for future challenges and labour market trends. A multilingual online and offline learning course offers orientation and support for shaping the professional future.

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Wake up your vocation

Wake Up is an Erasmus+ project that aims to reduce the gap between education system and labour market. The project consortium produced a Study on career guidance and access to the labour market, based on over 3000 interviews with teachers, parents and students between 12 and 18 years, a Guide for teacher training with various modules for professional guidance, and Policy Recommendation from European to national levels.


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StartNet Europe and Startnet Italy

Youth unemployment in Europe remains a significant problem, despite slightly declining numbers, and it has severe consequences for young people, the economy and society as a whole.

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StartNet Manual

How do I build a school-to-work transition network? Collective Impact as a guideline for building a multi-stakeholder network to improve school-to-work transition. Available in English.

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