Mine Vaganti NGO Higher Education Consortium

Mine Vaganti NGO coordinates “National Higher Education Consortium” (2014-1-IT02-KA103-003131), NHEI, for the following  the period 2014-2017.

The Consortium involves:

  • 9 Italian Universities: Università degli Studi di Padova, Università Alma Mater Studiorum di Bologna, Università Tor Vergata di Roma, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Università della Calabria, Accademia delle Belle Arti di Catanzaro, Università “Kore” di Enna and Università di Messina.
  • 5 NGOs
  • 12 Public and Private Bodies

NHEI promotes vocational training targeted to future graduates and recent new graduates (within 1 year) of the 9 above-listed Universities.

General Context:

According to DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion the rise of unemployment among young people (aged 15-24) is dramatic: since 2008, the total number in the EU has increased by one million. There are now over 5 million young people in the EU-28 under the age of 25, who can not find a job. In Italy youth unemployment exceeds 31,8% (ISTAT 2012) and in certain areas young people, who are not engaged in school or training programmes nor with a job (NEET), risk to remain social excluded. In 2010 this 2million young Italians were NEET, over 22% of the population aged 15-29. In this context traineeships have a key role in increasing the access of young people to the labour market because they can fill the gap between the theory gained in education and the skills acquisition needed by the market, resulting in an increase of competitiveness. Nevertheless, traineeships in some cases do not play the role they should, because of their low-quality learning outcomes produced because there is a gap between educational outputs and labour market needs (source: Public Consultation on Quality Framework for Traineeships).

One possible solution to support youth employment is investing in education and training in order to support them in acquiring and developing, both working and transversal skills that are the crucial elements to reinforce their competitiveness

Consortium initiative:

All Partners’ NHEI Consortium strictly deals with education, training and labour market issues and their staff is highly specialized.

The main aim of the NHEI Consortium is:

  1. To encourage, through the mobility opportunities, the cooperation among the education, private, social partners and businesses sectors at national and transnational level for producing high-quality Traineeships’ learning-outcomes in an intercultural dimension addressed to increase the competitiveness of Italian students that are going to enter into the labour market.
  2. Offering traineeships addressed to develop New Skills for New Jobs and working on the basic studies for the recognition of their learning outcomes and qualifications (ECVET).
  3. Promoting the importance and the impact of the students’ mobility by issuing Europass MOBILITY certificates aimed to recognize the acquired skills whilst abroad.

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