Development of competences and market inclusion in cooperation of vocational schools, employers and youth

The Find your way to the world of work project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.

A significant proportion of young people across Europe fall out of secondary education, acquire non-marketable professions, or face difficulties in finding adequate employment matching their education even after successfully completing a secondary school.  Often, educational institutions and potential employers lack means to contribute effectively to the educational and labour-market success of these young people. The four-year program is searching for answers to this multifaceted challenge.

The program provides support for the following groups:


    • Young people studying in vocational education often do not have the appropriate conditions, knowledge and motivation to successfully complete their studies. The project offers mentoring, skills development trainings, inclusion in supporting teams, professional and social support to exploit their internal resources and develop their skills, gain practical tools that help them successfully complete their studies and to formulate their educational and labour market goals.
    • Young people who have dropped out of education, early school leavers: are encouraged by mentoring, career guidance, training and team support to be able to return to their studies and acquire a profession, which really matches their employment goals, in fields offering high-quality job opportunities.
    • Young people with a vocational or grammar school qualification, who also live in difficult conditions and have so far failed to find a job that corresponds to their qualifications. They are supported by career guidance, labour market and other placement trainings, in order to be able to consciously and successfully search and find work in an area of their ​​interest and skills.

Vocational institutions:

We offer the following opportunities for partner schools:

    • Diverse support for the present of formerly dropped-out students, to facilitate their successful completion of studies, reintegration into education, development of their educational and labour-market skills, their realistic career-orientation in order to consciously and successfully study and gain employment.
    • Building cooperation with employers with a profile and locality relevant for the partnering schools, sharing mutual needs and experiences and launching possible development.
    • Teacher trainings and networking with the aim of enriching the toolkits of the educational staff to be more effective in the education, motivation and support of disadvantaged students and to reduce early school leaving.


We offer the following opportunities to the employer partners of the program:

    • Networking, sharing opportunities, needs and experiences with the other target groups of the program (schools and youth as potential future employees)
    • Development of the young applicants who are not yet fully eligible for the positions offered by the employer (skills development, professional, linguistic and computer trainings) to increase the number of motivated and equipped young candidates.
    • Capacity building and mutual learning through workshops for partnering employers to successfully reach disadvantaged young people and integrate them as employees.

Autonomia Foundation, the lead partner of the program, has more than two decades of experience in the development and empowerment of disadvantaged young people. The bridging of disadvantaged candidates and quality job offers has been successfully supported for five years. Our consortium partners also have significant experience in developing young people and integrating them into the labour market, providing various services for educational institutions and for employers.

The services provided by the program will be fine-tuned after local needs assessment, in partnership with our partners.

    • Mentoring for young people: we offer mentoring for all three subgroups of young people in personal or group form with motivational, skill development, and career orientation goals.
    • Skill developments: to promote youth empowerment and the development of relevant skills and self-knowledge in education and the labour market through experience-based community programs.
    • Labour market training: practice-oriented development focusing on the steps and tools of the job search and selection process in order to be able to successfully apply for relevant jobs
    • Vocational training: participants may take part in vocational trainings in the most appropriate and marketable professions
    • User IT training: we provide these trainings for motivated young people to meet the needs of the participants and employers.
    • Language training: for young people who feel the improvement of their foreign language skills is key to their success in the labour market.
    • Trainings and workshops offered for employers and schools: will be based on the needs of the participants, in order to gain effective practical tools for institutional cooperation and the integration of disadvantaged young people, for developing partnerships that facilitate this process.

The program will be implemented in at least three cities in each country. Partner cities, schools, and employers are currently being selected. If you or your institution are interested in the program outlined above, which simultaneously addresses the educational and labour market challenges of disadvantaged young people, the pedagogical difficulties of educational institutions and the lack of quality of employees for employers, do not hesitate to contact us.

Lead Partner:
Autonómia Foundation

International Partners:

Arete Youth Foundation
Trust for Social Achievement

Caritas Alba Iulia

Fundación Segretariado Gitano

The Find your way to the world of work project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.

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