Skill Up! will foster equal opportunities for young people in Europe, through a series of social entrepreneurship workshops aimed at empowering young, vulnerable and marginalised groups in Greece and Norway. By bringing together young asylum seekers and unemployed immigrants with young professionals who have strong links to social entrepreneurship, the workshops will aim to increase their chances of accessing the labour market and foster their integration into society. A video documentary of the workshops in each country will allow for transnational comparison and inform policy recommendations on how social entrepreneurship can be a vehicle for labour market integration for vulnerable groups.
- Dimitrie Mihes (Bucharest, Romania)
- Violetta Tsitsiliani (Athens, Greece)
- Stine Solvoll Navarsete (Oslo, Norway)
- Mihails Kozlovs (Adviser from FutureLab Europe generation 2011)
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Youth unemployment is a problem in many European countries. Some categories, such as young asylum seekers and unemployed immigrants, face additional challenges in accessing the labour market, as a result of prejudice and negative attitudes towards them. The road to inclusive, well-integrated societies passes through labour market integration and marginal groups should not be left behind.
The Skill Up! project aims to empower asylum seekers and immigrants in Greece and Norway by shifting the focus from problem to solution, and demonstrating that vulnerable groups are an asset instead of a burden to European societies. The project aims to make these vulnerable groups realise that social entrepreneurship can be an option for them and put them in contact with successful social entrepreneurs.
The project will feature two workshops and a film presentation: by tapping asylum seekers’ and young immigrants’ potential and developing their skills, the workshops on social entrepreneurship in Bergen and Athens will strengthen and empower those groups’ ability to access the labour market. The workshops will be filmed and a short video documentary developed showing the workshops’ results and serving as an inspirational source for similar activities throughout Europe. The documentary will be available on YouTube, the FutureLab Europe website and other social media channels.
At the end of the project, project members will publish a report with policy recommendations, based on the patterns identified in the workshops and the lessons learned from a trans-European perspective.