GREENLAND, a Mediterranean network to tackle the high rates of youth unemployment and climate change
Extremely high rates of youth and female unemployment, poverty among young and unskilled people, mismatch between the labor market, lack of knowledge for a resource-efficient and inclusive Green Economy are some of the scourges that put the Mediterranean countries in the first positions of unemployment rates in Europe. Moreover, it is becoming more than comprehensive, the need of a collective response for the setup of enterprises and job positions which will face climate change with an integrated approach. Given the living conditions of unemployed people, an environment where policy-makers can work together with them and strengthen their knowledge about green economy in a coordinated way, is essential.
This is how GREENLAND (GREEN-skiLls for a sustAiNable Development) is born, a European project which aimsat building a collaboration network between Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Portugal and Greece to support the employability of unskilled youth by providing them with marketable skills and qualifications within the Green and Circular Economy sectors.
The project, funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC MED programme, with a budget of 3.8 million euro, gathers the Region of Calabria and the Advanced Research Center on Electronic Systems “Ercole de Castro” in Italy, the Planning and Development Agency in Lebanon, the National Agricultural Research Center in Jordan, the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Egypt, the Hisham Hijjawi College of Technology in Palestine, the University of Algavre in Portugal, the European Regional Framework for Co-operation and the Interbalkan Environment Center in Greece.
Our goal is unique: To increase the employability of up to 30 years old, unskilled people and women of all ages, by providing them with marketable qualifications to prepare them for skill-based occupations within the Green and Circular Economy sectors and reduce mismatches in rural areas particularly affected by the climate change.
GREENLAND is expected to create an e-Learning project platform involving 2,900 people, a wide entrepreneurial green network, 210 national/cross-border traineeships in SMEs operating in the Green and Blue Economy sectors, 18 job-shadowing for key staff of policy-making institutions, 150 part-time and 150 full-time contracts, 20 social employment initiatives by public institutions and civil society organizations.