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Increasing the employability of youth, women and NEETs in the agri-food and waste management industries

Project title: Mediterranean Youth, NEETs and women advancing Skills, Employment and Awareness in the blue and green economy

Acronym: MYSEA


  • CIES Onlus - Development Information and Education Center (IT)
  • University of Palermo - Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Sciences (IT)
  • Eurotraining Educational Organization sa (gr)
  • Lebanese Development Network (LB)
  • Tunisian Union of Social Solidarity (TN)
  • Jordan University of Science and Technology (JO)



Project description

Given demographic changes, skill mismatches, rigid regulations, gender gaps and persistence of certain social-cultural norms, the Euro-Mediterranean region face common unemployment rates of youth, mainly NEETs, and women are underrepresented in the labour market. Moreover, the growing proliferation of sustainable and eco-responsible innovations in the agri-food and waste management requires new occupational profiles. To achieve this goal, MYSEA aims, from one side, to identify existing and emerging skills and professional needs through oriented training, coaching and mentoring, from the other side, to involve technical and vocational education and training (VTET) institutions and enterprises encouraging sector-skills alliances through apprenticeship, traineeship and on-the-job training. The project will result in opportunities for youth women and NEETs to apply the soft and hard skills learned during the training and offer a platform to exchange experiences and implement national employment schemes in favour of youth employment.




MYSEA aims at increasing the employability of youth, women and NEETs in the agri-food and waste management industries by developing training oriented to both sectors and strengthening local governance and sector-skills alliances between economic actors and TVET institutions to align the education curricula with sector’s needs.



What will be improved?

MYSEA responds to youth unemployment by transforming borders into a possibility for cooperation and development. It brings 6 partners to identify and address common challenges and opportunities. Partners across borders exchange knowledge, good practices and experiences, and foster commitment and ownership of project results and impacts. They contribute to the establishment of a common-region identity. The interaction between partners increases the learning about each other. It will increase the capacity of TVET institutions to implement national employment schemes in favour of youth employment.



Who will benefit?

  • Young people (from 18 to 24 years old)
  • NEETs (up to 30 years old) and women (all ages) with fewer career opportunities
  • Business actors and non-governmental actors involved in the agri-food and waste management industries
  • TVET institutions in the agri-food and waste management sectors.



Expected achievements by country

  • 3 training packages on transversal, digital and sector-oriented skills
  • 200 certificates of traineeship and on-the job training
  • 20 mobile-friendly microlearning to self-directed learning
  • 3 associations providing mentoring and workshops on entrepreneurship
  • 3 creative workshops to learn skills in digital storytelling, photography and video making
  • 90 potential employment contracts
  • 3 days training of TVETs staff in the industry
  • 3 days training of economic sectors staff in TVET institutions



Contribution to policy-making

MYSEA foresees the formulation of 1 work policy for youth and 1 skills development agenda per country. This is why 15 local, regional and national authorities and ministries are involved in training programmes, to draw the need for a new policy paradigm to promote inclusive job-youth growth. The youth dimension of employment promotion policies needs to be firmly embedded in the policy-making process and supported by national resource and budgetary allocations. The project shall target institutional actors as key actors for long-term change and shall promote their participation during the training to strengthen capacities and governance.




3.6 M€

(90% EU Contribution)




30 months





Loredana Gionne - [email protected]

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