Virus on the Job Market — Poland

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ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: youth exchange

Dates: 22—30 September 2022

Venue: Gdynia, Poland

National team size: 5 participants (aged 18-30) + 1 group leader (18+)

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Hosting organisation: Strategic Partnership Institute

Project description:

Youth unemployment remains the main concern in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The youth labor market is highly sensitive to economic cycles and in times of economic instability, youth is hit more severely than adults. Young workers are often “first out”. Economic crises force young people into long-term unemployment, inactivity, and discouragement, all of which affect their long term career prospects.

Young people in developing and developed countries make up the majority of workers in the wholesale and retail trade, accommodation, and food services sectors, all of which suffered most during the pandemic. The pandemic has shown that someone who is going to succeed in a new “normality” will need to be able to adapt to ever-evolving workplaces and have the ability to continuously update and refresh their skills. Many jobs will disappear and new jobs will leave many young people behind.

This project seeks to combat the popular idea that Covid-19 only affects adults and the elderly and address the needs of youth suffering from social and economic impacts of the virus by improving youth skills that are likely to be in high demand in the post-coronavirus world. 

The majority of the activities will be dedicated to learning new & improving  existing methods of work with unemployed youth. After the YE participants will bring back (new or improved) tools to their organizations. As the project will use non-formal education methods, they will also learn new (NFE) methods of working with youth and facilitate their integration process. Also, the participating organizations will deepen their knowledge about unemployment in Europe as well as about the ways to support youth employment. They will learn new and innovative non-formal education methods that they can, later on, use in their professional lives and become even better professionals, capable of using different techniques depending on the persons/groups they are working with.

The activities of the project are created in such a way that every participant would have a chance to participate in different actions, which ensures that these activities will meet the participants’ needs and be relevant to the objectives of the project.

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