Youth unemployment is one of Europe’s most pressing social challenges. Furthest from the job market, young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) often lack access to educational activities that develop the skills they need to build new paths towards a sustainable livelihood. 

 

Since its initiation in 2019, the project ‘Football for Employability’ has been targeting young adults between 12 to 29 years who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). To address gaps in the educational system and provide these young people with a clear overview of the job market and how to gain access to it, the main activities of this programme support young people in moving from an inactive situation into employment, education or training. 

 

Participating organisations are providing opportunities to strengthen key life skills such as teamwork, communication, adaptability, which are important in both searching for and retaining employment. These life skills are trained through personal development workshops and regular football3 activities. Employability workshops focus on CVs and cover letter writing, online job searching and mock interviews. Additional training modules, offered by certified providers of accredited educational courses, are identified based on the needs, interests and skills of the individual participants. Job placements and internships are offered to provide young people real-life experiences in a working environment, so that they strengthen the skills required to secure employment. 

 

The programme funded by FedEx Express and the UEFA Foundation for Children is being delivered in four locations by four streetfootballworld network members: 

 

Policy Center for Roma and Minorities, Romania

Oltalom Sport Association, Hungary

Sport Against Racism Ireland, Ireland

Sport 4 Life, UK

 

Football for Employability will enable the development of local employability programmes that will make use of the previously created TeamUp! Toolkit, which was the outcome of a pan-European project supported by Erasmus+. Through the project, the UEFA Foundation for Children, FedEx Express, streetfootballworld and its four network members, aim to achieve a measured and sustainable, positive social impact for participating young people. 

 

 

 
 
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