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Careers Advice and Pathways to Employment

About CAPE Project

By Coordonator, posted Octomber 20, 2015

Since 2008, the EU economy has experienced the deepest, longest and most broad-based recession in its history since the 1930s (European Commission 2009).

The average youth unemployment rate in most Member States is more than twice as high as the rate for adults. Almost 5.4 million young people under 25 are unemployed in the EU-28 (EC May 2014), representing an unemployment rate of 22.8% i.e. more than one in five young European job-seekers cannot find a job. 7.5 million young people aged 15-24 are not employed, not in education and not in training (so-called NEETs).

More than half of young people without jobs say they simply can’t find one, while businesses across Europe insist they struggle to find young people with the skills they need.

One reason for this is the failure of employers, education providers and young people to understand one another, they operate in "parallel universes" (McKinsey 2014).

A set of European benchmarks, agreed by Member States for 2010-20, include that that lifelong guidance should be embedded into lifelong learning and employment strategies.

 However although teachers, trainers and counsellors are skilled people in their own area of expertise, they lack the knowledge and competence to embed careers guidance into the learning process.

The CAPE project aims address this situation by bringing together good practices in employer engagement from across Europe and through the establishment of employer forums and networks, encouraging VET providers and second chance schools to improve dialogue and activity with enterprises. 

The CAPE consortium aims to share good practices from across Europe and across sectors (VET , second chance and informal learning)to ensure teachers, trainers and counsellors have the necessary knowledge and skills to support young people to develop career management skills (CMS). CAPE will train teaching staffs, improve links with employers and develop resources to support and improve careers advice and guidance given to young people at risk of ESL. .

The CAPE consortium consists of 9 partners from Poland, The Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Italy, Cyprus, Spain and Portugal, all who are experienced VET providers or specialists in second chance education and have experience of working with young disadvantaged people who are NEET or at risk of NEET. The CAPE partnership will set up employer forums and networks to bring together education providers and enterprises, conduct research on existing good practices and a training needs analysis of teachers. A training the trainer programme will be developed with 4 training events across Europe, and will be tested among the partnership. Accompanying Training Handbook and teaching/learning resources will support the teacher alongside an e-learning platform and Employer Engagement Handbook. The expected impact is an improvement in teacher competence and knowledge of the job market and current career options, enabling young people to develop career management skills and make better career choices. The long term benefit is that lifelong guidance will be embedded into life-long learning.












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Project partners

Stowarzyszenie Fenix

Łódź, Poland

The main activities of the organisation are focused on workshops of the personal development for youngsters from inefficient families, summer therapeutic camps, creating and leading flats protected for children
from orphanage and we are caring about the highest level of our services by involving persons with high qualifications. 


Simpelveld, Netherlands

EURICON is a not for profit NGO specialising in independent consultancy services in European project development, coordination and implementation for organisations working with disadvantaged groups. EURICON develops sustainable European and Euregional partnerships through networks and projects.


Brussels, Belgium

EfVET is a unique European-wide professional association which has been created by and for providers of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in all European countries. Its mission is to champion and enrich technical and vocational education, training through transnational cooperation by building a pan-European network of institutions..


Lisboa, Portugal

ANESPO – National Association of Professional Schools is a non-profit organization established in February 1991, representing over 140 Professional Schools in Portugal, most of them owned by Companies, Business Associations, Foundations, Cooperatives, Trade Unions and Local Authorities. 

Scoala Gimnaziala Nr 5 Piatra Neamt

Piatra Neamt, Romania

Scoala 5 Piatra Neamt has been established in 1974 and at the present day it is still the largest public school in Neamt County NE Romania. The Second Chance Programme is an alternative continuation and completion of compulsory education for people who be integrated within the standard schooling system.


Trappeto, Italy

CESIE is a European Centre for Studies and Initiatives based in Palermo, Sicily. It is a non-profit, apolitical, and secular nongovernmental
organisation with member organizations in more than eight European countries. It was established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the pacifist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997).


Limassol, Cyprus

Intercollege is one of the leading private colleges in Cyprus, which has been offering a wide range of VET study programs to students since its inception in 1989. Intercollege was the first VET College in Cyprus to offer technical diplomas in the field of Electrical and Mechanical Installations, and more recently in the Oil & Gas and Automotive Technology.

FSZK Nonprofit Kft.

Budapest, Hungary

FSZK was established by the Hungarian State in order to ensure that the process of providing fully equal opportunities to persons with disabilities. It cooperate with disability related advocacy and professional organisation as well as the domestic and international community by following the principle “nothing about us without us”.


Madrid, Spain

The Spanish Confederation of Education and Training Centers (CECE) is a non-profit employers´ and professional organization
founded in 1977. It represents a wide educational sector in Spain from nursery school to university level. It has more than 2.000 Education and training centers among its members.



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