About the Project

Within the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy, this programme contributes to entrepreneurial education and training to tackle youth unemployment. What we see a lot, is that young people have finished their study and are still not able to find a job easily. Also, quite some jobs have simply disappeared by outsourcing to non-EU countries and by automation. The YES project helps Youth Workers very practically to learn in practice entrepreneurship with all modern and digital tools, within their Venture Achievement Pathway (VAP), that is their business project idea/plan.

Youth Workers will be trained by trainers that are entrepreneurs themselves nowadays and share their current knowledge and experience with them. The intellectual output will be that youth workers have developed the basic competencies and confidence to create their own business and know how to use the practical tools for that. This programme has been already tested in more than 30 education and training organizations providers (ETP) in The Netherlands and is based on the “effectuation” methodology.

The target groups of this programme are young people aged between 18 and 25 years old who are facing learning difficulties from lack of motivation to educational capabilities limitations.

Within our programme, we stimulate and practise the use of Digital Skills on 21st Century companies, including literacy skills like 3D printing, Virtual Reality, website and webshop design and media literacy through e-learning and publishing, learning skills like conceptual and creative thinking, collaborating within a team and with other independent professionals and communicating via modern channels.

YES Project is Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (Grant Agreement N. 2018-2-NL02-KA205-002202 )

Topics addressed by our project:

  • Entrepreneurial learning – entrepreneurship education
  • New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses
  • Labour market issues incl. career guidance / youth unemployment


Expected impact:

  1. a) on the young individuals (trainees)
    – identify, recognize and enable entrepreneurship potential;
    – increase in determination and motivation to take control of their own professional pathway;
    – increased competences for entrepreneurship developments;
    – as young individuals are setting up a business it may offer “demonstration” of learning externalities in a way that they may become a role model for
    other young individuals;
    – deepening their human capital qualities (self-reliance, skill development) and increasing their levels of wellbeing globally (societal need);
    – enable mechanisms for assisting disadvantaged individuals break out of social exclusion.
    b) on the participating organisations
    – increase of awareness on the potential of EET programmes to tackle youth employment;
    – enhancement and adaptation of Youth Workers capabilities to implement EET;
    – enhancement of collaborative work with the Youth Work at EU level among Civil Society Organisations active in the Youth Work sphere;
    – improved knowledge on entrepreneurship globally (up-to-date trends, educational approaches and methodologies to be practiced in their learning
    – enhanced entrepreneurship training competences of the staff.
    c) on the beneficiaries and stakeholders (overall)
    – increase in the provision of measures to tackle youth unemployment;
    – awareness-raising increase in the need of adjusted mainstream public policy interventions (that are Active Labour Market Policies, ALMP),
    regulations, labour agreements, fiscal policy, training funds, by public authorities and social partners, on the matter of young entrepreneurship
    – enable sustainable enterprise-driven policies at local/regional levels;

– foster smart growth within an enhanced cooperative flow between stakeholders of the EET;
– increase in multi-agency cooperation, good practices sharing and multiplication at different levels that are institution, sector, employment services,
or skill training providers.

Project Parnters

The Netherlands – Italy – Cyprus – UK – Lithuania