Percieved or Actual Discrimination, gap in expectation vs reality.

TEST Young people are often encouraged to develop the technical skills needed to enter the labour market, but competencies on how to conduct themselves in the workplace, as well as create opportunities for employment mobility for themselves can be neglected, despite disadvantaged young people having few opportunities to be exposed to these key skills. The project ‘Youth Employability Competences’ (YEC) seeks to provide opportunities, materials and raising awareness to put this ‘blind spot’ into the spotlight. It makes a contribution to actively strengthen the employability competences of mainly disadvantaged youths by applying a comprehensive approach that includes all relevant stakeholders such as youth workers and employers, but also policy makers and institutions with connection to young people. The project ‘Youth Employability Competences’ (YEC) has therefore 4 main objectives: • Increase the employability of young people • Increase the validation of young people's employability competences • Increase the engagement of young people, promoting their empowerment, and employers in competency tool development • Increase the focus on young people's employability among young people and youth workers/practitioners and promoting quality youth work

How does YEC seek to achieve those objectives?

- We develop materials that target the different recipients – the young people, practitioners/youth workers and employers. In the frame of the project the following outcomes will be developed • A Youth and Employer Advisory Boards Methodology which is a full outline of how to engage young people and relevant stakeholders in tool development (IO1) • Employability Competencies Training Modules which is a full suite of employability training modules (IO2) • An Employability Competencies Train the Trainer Course which is in a comprehensive master training course for the YEC employability competences (IO3) • A Competency Validation Guide in which the YEC tools will be mapped onto European and National frameworks, resulting in any young person who partakes in the training course having validated skills after completion (IO4). We will use a participative approach when developing those outcomes in order to include the different groups’ perspectives and encourage them to be involved.