Five million youth are unemployed in the EU which means one in five young people in Europe cannot find a job today (source: EU community employment policies). One of the four main objectives of the Commission to tackle unemployment is developing skills that are relevant to the labor market. The lack of quality opportunities threatens an increasing number of young people with a sense of exclusion. The transition from education to independence and a place in the world of work is becoming longer and more precarious. And those with the fewest skills or the fewer opportunities are most at risk.

Eslöv, Sweden, 2016

Current research and thinking on speech, shows that:

Non-formal teaching methods can contribute to building young people’s knowledge and skills and give them an understanding what it requires to seek and hold down a job or to become an entrepreneur. It makes them more employable and gets them back on track, in particular those who are marginalized or discriminated against and those who lack self-confidence. It also contributes to achieving social cohesion in society by the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities.

Youth engagement - whether defined as active learning, the assumption of meaningful responsibilities, opportunities for choice and voice, or actions that have real impacts - is central to, and an important product of, education reform. Research demonstrates that young people learn best when they are given an opportunity to take on active roles, have opportunities to make meaningful choices, and become contributors and change makers.

One in ten children have Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and this prevalence does not diminish into adolescence (source: ICan charity)
- 88% of unemployed youth display some sort of speech and language difficulties
- Young people with language difficulties are at risk of literacy, behavioral and other social problems
- In one study, twice as many children from disadvantaged areas were found to have speech, language and communication needs as those from neighboring areas
- For some children, their problems do not emerge until secondary school. Others have communication difficulties which may be missed or are mistaken for literacy or behavioral problems and staff do not feel confident in identifying / supporting students

Brief description of the project:

Entrepreneurial attitudes are a major driving force for economic and social progress. Not only at the top of businesses, but also among employees and in social and personal contexts.

Different entrepreneurial attitudes are crucial for adapting to the development of society and to the changing requirements of the (labor) market. Entrepreneurship and communication skills as a general attitude is therefore acknowledged as key competences.


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