The Mediterranean New Chance (MedNC) project – a project labelled by the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) – has held its Steering Committee in Barcelona to share its results and discuss the next steps in promoting the employability of young jobless people who have dropped out of school.
Labelled by the UfM in 2014 in the framework of its Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs), the MedNC project aims to boost the employability of unemployed graduates and young people who have dropped out of school before obtaining a degree.
The project supports a regional network of accredited training and professional integration centres to promote a shared and innovative teaching model, with the collaboration of the public authorities, the private sector and the civil society.
It not only addresses the challenges of youth unemployment and early school leaving, but also builds on the huge potential offered by youth as driving force for development, therefore impacting the regional stability and integration in the Mediterranean.
The meeting brought together representatives of national coordinators and local partner centres in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Spain which reported on progress made, the difficulties met and the best practices achieved.
After a successful period of three years of implementation, discussions also focused on key aspects for the continuation of the project, including regional coordination and the integration of new partners.