NEET 4 Needs – YSS program for a better future

The main activities of the Young Service Steward Program are focusing on the NEETs aged 25-29 by a 360° competence upgrade in a blend of digital skills, life skills, counselling, and employment in a flexible delivery system.

We have all together 12 locations for implementation – 3 locations in 4 beneficiary countries. In each location 20 NEET youth receive all together 160 hours support.

360° support process

Personal support

All involved NEET get two different types of personal support.

Competence development 

All involved NEETs get two different type of competence development support.

Counselling support

All involved NEET get 10 hour long personal counselling support during the local level implementation period of the YSS Program.

Community Service Employment with the support of a mentor

All involved NEET get a community service employment opportunity with personal mentoring support in the local community. The main field of employment are the social care or the circular economy sector.

Onsite digital competence development on 3 level, based on their own existing competence level, through 30 hours courses in group work.

Life-skills training programs in 3 different topics

  1. Motivation for an active life
  2. Empowerment for employment
  3. A self-sustained life

Assessment Tool

The YSS project offers an Assessment Tool designed to assist individuals in determining their starting point in digital competence development. Participants can opt for a brief questionnaire comprising 17-25 questions tailored to assess their digital skills. Based on their responses, the tool suggests content that would be most beneficial for their skill level.

The questionnaire doesn’t require registration; participants can directly respond to the queries without signing in. Upon completion, individuals are redirected to the recommended content page.

Digital Competence Development E-Learning

The digital competence development e-learning platform provides content based on the participant’s skill level. The platform offers a diverse range of modules structured across three levels: 

Level 1 (modules 1-4)

Focuses on foundational skills for individuals seeking employment.

Level 2 (modules 1-5)

Prepares learners for the workplace, offering intermediate-level content.

Level 3 (modules 1-6)

Provides advanced skills beneficial to job seekers seeking additional competencies valued by employers.

The platform allows individuals to learn and progress without time constraints. Participants retain the freedom to access and explore any module based on their preferences or areas they wish to develop further. The platform encourages a self-directed learning approach, enabling individuals to navigate modules according to their needs and interests. The assessment tool only suggests which module the participant should start learning with.

Capacity building 

Open Educational Resource (OER) & Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

The Capacity Building Series consist of this Open Educational Resource (OER), offering an overview of the main principles of the YSS program. It provides direct links to the activities, tools and methodologies created by the program and all encompassed in three Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); see below.

YSS systemic approach

OER on NEETs and the systemic approach to improve their access to the labour market through competence development and employment practice

You will find all the detailed materials on activities and methodologies by entering the 3 MOOCs of the program:

Counsellors’ guide

This guide is intended to provide a detailed description of what is understood as counselling within the Young Service Steward (YSS) project.

The first chapters are there to provide an overall understanding of the project and its processes: Chapter 2 tells you about the project in general, Chapter 3 explains the project’s target group and their overall situation and needs. Chapter 4 elaborates on the rather complex YSS process.

The role and expectations towards YSS counsellors are explained in detail in Chapter 5. Here you will not only find a basic counselling scenario including steps and timing suggestions, but specific tips and solutions as well. These suggestions are organised around the expected challenges and risks a participant might face at the different steps on his/her way when moving forward within the process.

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