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ALMA (Aim, Learn, Master, Achieve

Thursday 14 April 2022, by Quentin GIANELLA

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Europe needs to step up support to those who are struggling, and have fallen into the gaps – young people not in any kind of employment, education or training (NEETs), as President von der Leyen said in her 2021 State of the Union address.

This is why the Commission will put in place a new initiative called ALMA (Aim, Learn, Master, Achieve) with the aim to help these young people find their way to the job market, especially the most disadvantaged NEETs aged 18-30 who are vulnerable with regard to their chances of accessing work or training for individual or structural reasons (e.g. disability, long-term unemployment, insufficient school performance/vocational skills, migration background).

ALMA will offer participants :

  1. Prior to their stay abroad, participants will receive intensive tailor-made training in their home country.
  2. Participants will be offered a supervised stay including work placement with accompanying mentoring services for a period of 2 to 6 months in another EU Member State.
  3. Upon their return, continued support will guide them and use the newly acquired skills in their home country to gain employment or further education.

The objective is to foster their inclusion within their home country by improving their skills, knowledge and experience and give them an opportunity to create new connections across Europe. The ultimate aim is their social inclusion and that they find their place in the job market.

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