ET-NEET’s Final Conference Success!
“Mobility, Motivation, Mentoring. This is the ET-NEET’s philosophy that has made this Erasmus + Project such a success.” These comments made by Ross Walker, TeachSport distilled the project’s aims, vision and goals at the ET-NEET’s Final Conference in Lewisham, 29th July 2016. The event was well attended where representatives from the OECD, Directory for Social Change, Erasmus + Co-ordinator and other International Youth Training authorities heard about the ET-NEET’s Project, Key findings & Tools and the next steps for this unique project. The ET-NEET’s Webplatform, an online software tool that allows young people, training organisations and NEET Teachers to search for relevant training courses and interact and communicate with other users, was demonstrated to the audience with many organisation’s joining the stakeholder database there and then. Additionally, the event showcased the soon to be published Training Materials for NEET Teachers (TMNT), and outlined to the audience the development of the training toolkit, and highlighted the successes of the Pilot NEET Training Courses with the ET-NEET’s official video.The conference also heard from Kyron Williams, and Thomas Clements, two NEET’s who attended the ET-NEET’s training course, and they shared their inspirational experiences of being involved with the project.
“It showed me a life and new opportunities that I could achieve. Since then I have volunteered on a NEET Traineeship and I am now working with them. It is all thanks to the work the ET-NEET’s Project has done, because without them I would have never thought I could make it to where I am heading now”- Kyron Williams, Young NEET Course Participant
“It does open your eyes to the feeling that, why can’t I move forward in the future and work abroad”- Thomas Clements, Young NEET Course Participant
The final conference then welcomed Sebastian Koenigs from the OECD to present some in detail analysis of the current trends of NEET’s throughout the EU, forces determining NEET levels and ongoing cause and effect analysis in the field of youth training. Julie McCafferty from the Ballymun Jobcentre provided the audience with an insight into their Erasmus+ Project NetNotNEET, where ‘prevention rather than cure’ was a central theme of their project’s approach. Debra Tyler the CEO of the Directory for social change, an independent charity providing information to other charities in the youth training sector, gave a passionate presentation focused on listening to and empowering young people in the workplace and within society.
Jonathan Wilson, Sea Teach, summed up the final conference with final comments and joined with the other ET-NEET’s partners to outline the next steps going forward in building upon the success of the ET-NEET’s project to deliver a wider reaching comprehensive approach to ‘Effective Training’ for NEET’s.