CLUSTER
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advanCing youth and women sociaL inclUSion in The mEditerRanean

About the project

The potential of CLUSTER project relies on, first, the partnership made of entities who have previously run projects dealing with youth and women unemployment in the Mediterranean region. Second, it introduces the social economy as a key player in improving employment policies together with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and the private sector. Based on previous results and adapting to the new post-pandemic era which affected mostly youth and women, CLUSTER will build its strategy in three steps. First, it will refine the catalogues of skills needs in four sectors: blue, green, circular economy and sustainable agriculture. It will also identify the successful experiences and efficient practices. Second, it will train NEETs on-site and on-line together with traineeship scheme, coaching and tutoring to acquire skills and work experiences needed to enter the labour market. Finally, it will mainstream successful practices and methods to public authorities and policy makers. The ultimate aim is to create a supportive environment for the implementation of youth/women employment schemes.

Key information

CLUSTER
advanCing youth and women sociaL inclUSion in The mEditerRanean
A.3 Promotion of social inclusion and the fight against poverty
A.3.1 Professionalization of young people (NEETS) and women
Spain, Italy, Cyprus, France, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia

Financial data

1.1 million
Total budget
0.9 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

8
Partners
7
Countries
11
Technical outputs

Project duration

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Objective

To address NEETs unemployment in the Mediterranean by tackling the following 3 aspects: 

  • Train and upskill NEETs to adapt to the needs of the labour market in sustainable sectors
  • Reinforce links between TVET, the private and the social economy sector
  • Engage public institutions and policy-makers in providing a supportive environment for employment policies

What will be improved?

The project wants to include the social and the environmental priorities in employment policies taking into account the post-covid recovery period. Reskilling and upskilling of NEETS will be adapted according this new reality to better respond to the labour market needs. CLUSTER also seeks to include social economy as part of the solution and support local, regional and national authorities in their employment policies by providing them with action plans and recommendations based on successful experiences. 

Who will benefit?

  • 1,925 young people, in particular women, between 18-30 years
  • 140 teachers and trainers from TVET institutions
  • 140 representatives of the private sector (in the blue, circular, green economy and sustainable agriculture)
  • 180 public authorities and policy makers

Expected achievements

  • 175 NEETs trained on-site
  • 70 NEETS will have done a 3-month traineeship in companies in the blue, circular, green economy and sustainable agriculture sectors
  • 1,750 participants trained online 
  • 400 jobs expected (part-time/full-time contracts)
  • 7 social employment initiatives supported by the project
  • 7 public institutions engaged in employment schemes

Contribution to policy-making

CLUSTER will help advance regional and national employment strategies in the related territories (Jordan Employment Strategy, Catalan Strategy for Employment 2012-2020, Extraordinary Plan for Jobs in Sicily: Youth Opportunities).  By capitalizing on ICT integration to provide marketable skills training courses, CLUSTER will achieve more conducive environment based on gender equality and equal opportunities, and address regional and national strategies related to innovation (e.g. ‘Stratégie d’Innovation Numérique’, Tunisie Digitale 2020), education (i.e. Palestine National Education Sector Strategy (2017-2022)), social and economic development sector (e.g. ‘Schéma regional de développement économique, d’innovation et d’internationalisation’, Région Sud - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 2017 – 2021). 

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CLUSTER publishes a "Compilation of effective practices" to combat youth unemployment

The "Compilation of identified efficient practices" of other projects was produced by ARCES Association from Italy within the fram…

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CLUSTER debated developments in the upcoming trainings on fields of sustainable economy

CLUSTER consortium met to debate developments in the creation of catalogues aiming to raise awareness of market needs and ways to address them.

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CLUSTER participated in the opening of the first aquaponics farm in Catalonia

On this occasion, CLUSTER was on site for the opening of the 1st farm in Catalonia by Green in Blue Consulting S.L.U. that grows vegetables using the aquaponics method.

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CLUSTER in Palestine is looking for a capitalization expert

Interested applicants can submit their applications by 9 November 2022 (included).

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CLUSTER in Spain is looking for a capitalisation expert

The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), Lead Beneficiary of the CLUSTER Project, is looking for a Capitalisation Expert in Spain. Interested applicants can submit their applications by 8 November 2…

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The third newsletter of the CLUSTER Project has been released!

You will learn about the training material that CLUSTER developed for young people, the cooperation with social and solidarity economy sectors and much more.

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CLUSTER releases its report on employment needs in the Mediterranean

This report summarises the recommendations gathered from 48 stakeholders to fine-tune the training catalogue directed to young people Not in Education, Employment or Training …

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CLUSTER analysed the employment needs of 1,458 young people and women

Based on these reports, CLUSTER will better orientate the training courses based on four identified sectors with high employment potential related to blue, green and circular …

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CLUSTER's results for the trainee-oriented catalogue for skills employment are now available

Between June and September 2022, CLUSTER partners organised Regional Focus Groups to discuss the upcoming trainee-oriented catalogue of new …

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CLUSTER is about to launch an e-learning platform!

On 12 June 2022, the CLUSTER consortium met to discuss the e-learning tools and e-platform to be introduced for the trainees who will be part of this social inclusion programme.

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The CLUSTER Project is looking for a Management Officer in Spain

The IEMed, Lead Beneficiary of the CLUSTER Project, is looking for a Management Officer in Spain. The deadline for submitting applications is on 31 August 2022.

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CLUSTER Cross-border Workshop in Jordan develops training materials for young people

On 21 July 2022, CLUSTER gathered 48 stakeholders in Amman to develop trainee-oriented curricula for young people and women in the Mediterranean

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CLUSTER met in Jordan to foster social inclusion in the Mediterranean

On 20 July 2022, CLUSTER project partners gathered for the first time presentially in Amman, Jordan, to agree on the steps forward to advance youth and women social inclusion …

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CLUSTER Focus Groups support youth and women upskilling in the Mediterranean

The four selected sectors to focus on are aquaponics, hydroponics, organic farming and food processing.

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CLUSTER strengthens social inclusion the Mediterranean: read the 2nd newsletter!

In its second newsletter, CLUSTER informs about its latest regional events and activities to advance youth and women social inclusion in the Mediterranean.

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CLUSTER puts the turbo to foster social inclusion in the Mediterranean

The aim of CLUSTER is to enhance the social inclusion of young people and women in the Mediterranean region. Find out the latest updates from the project activities.

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CLUSTER launches a survey about the labour market needs of young people, women and socio-economic operators

Do you want to help make the future of the Mediterranean more inclusive and green? Fill our the survey.

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CLUSTER joins the Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial Policy Conference

On 17 May 2022, CLUSTER participated in the Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial Policy Conference "Employment and employability of the most vulnerable, especially amo…

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CLUSTER in Palestine is looking for a communication consultant

The partner of CLUSTER in Palestine is looking for a communication consultant. The deadline for submitting applications is on 6 May 2022.

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CLUSTER informs about its first activities towards more employment for youth and women

In its first newsletter, CLUSTER informs about its launching conference, the profiling activities to analyse the needs of young people and women labour integration and much mo…

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CLUSTER is hiring a junior coordinator in Palestine!

BWF, partner of CLUSTER in Palestine, is looking for a Junior Coordinator. The deadline for submitting applications is on Tuesday March 01, 2022.

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CLUSTER is hiring in Jordan!

BDC, partner of CLUSTER in Jordan, is looking for an external auditor and a communication consultant. Interested applicants are invited to submit their bid before 7 March 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (Amman time).

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The CLUSTER Project is looking for an external auditor

Interested applicants are invited to submit their bid before 15 February 2022 at 15:00h.

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CLUSTER joins the Forum of Mediterranean Worlds in Marseille

On 7 and 8 February 2022, CLUSTER participated in the Forum of Mediterranean Worlds, an event gathering more than 150 young people from both shores

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CLUSTER joins efforts with local associate partners to boost young people’s employability

The cooperation among CLUSTER Partners and Associates is in motion to capitalize on the full potential of the good, sustainable practices proposed by CLUSTER in Spain, Cyprus …

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CLUSTER launches profiling activities to analyse the needs of young people and women, for entering the labour market

Profiling activities are in full swing to understand the current needs of young people and women in the context of the Sustainable Economy s…