While the economic crisis within the EU persists, unemployment levels for the youth (under 25 years old) in the countries of the participating organizations, range from 23%-39% (Eurostat data). Unemployment rates for the young are generally higher than unemployment for all ages, however this gap has been growing since 2009 and in 2012 youth unemployment rate was 2.6 times the total rate.“What Really Matters” (WRM) project will address core issues related with the ability and motivation of High School and University graduates to gain employment either by finding a job or by creating the opportunities themselves through entrepreneurship.
From 01.09.2014 until 31.08.2016, all Partners and Coordinator will continuous monitor all activities. Project Management Tool will represent the base of the monitoring strategy and also the basis for elaborating Progress Reports. The activity of Project monitoring (Steering Committee Meetings) and regular team meetings will be organizes in Online virtual Conferences on WRM Cloud. Coordinator will organize 4 Transnational Project Meetings of two days each (Agenda of 8 hours per day), one in every Partner Country. This continuously activity will ensure the qualitative management and will prevent risks during each phase of the project. Project Management and Implementation (PMI) activity will involve continuously for 24 months, all Partners in planning, finances, coordination and communication strategies, virtual cooperation and local information, promotion and dissemination.
The research's aim is to point out young peoples' identification of vocational counselling needs, unemployment regional statistics, relevant qualifications on the local labour market, active national policies for offering employment opportunities to young people. A questionnaire will be developed and distributed via e-mail or face to face meetings to a total of 400 young respondents (100 from 4 participant Countries) and 40 local stakeholders (10 from 4 participant Countries) . The research study will conclude on best practices used by local stakeholders in offering young people a chance to a long term professional insertion. Each of the 6 Partners, excluding X-House will disseminate 10 CDs of the Research to local stakeholders: public and private employment agencies, High schools, local and regional public or private entities that offer vocational counseling to young people
Projects' OER (open education resources) will represent a website that long term and freely disseminates all Intellectual Outputs of the project, as well as Monthly Newsletters, educational resources for youth workers, vocational counsellors and trainers and employment resources for young people. Platform will contain a Forum dedicated to exchanging ideas and relevant on the topic resources between users. Staff of the Partners will monthly exchange the role of Moderator on Forum, bringing new topics into Discussion. Platform will also contain a Job vacancies corner where collaborators will post announcements and job offers for young graduates from each Country. X-House will elaborate the OER platform during 1 year. X-House will design, host and fill the OER with resources from all Partners. Projects' OER (open education resources) will represent a website that long term and freely disseminates all Intellectual Outputs of the project,