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.